By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Knights fall to Lake Mills
New Glarus' Tamara Elzen pulls up for a shot attempt during the first half of a home game against Lake Mills Thursday. Lake Mills beat New Glarus 57-42. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
NEW GLARUS - A rough first quarter for the New Glarus girls basketball team proved to be too much to overcome Thursday in a 57-42 loss to Lake Mills.

New Glarus (1-3) fell behind 19-8 after the opening frame, but the Glarner Knights clawed their way back into the game led by sophomore Devon Boll's 12 points. Trailing by as many as 19 points in the game, the Knights managed to cut the lead to 10 in the fourth quarter.

"(The comeback) was exciting," New Glarus coach Megan Scheele said. "We just need to play that way more consistently."

Scheele said that hanging with a quality team like Lake Mills bodes well for the Knights going forward, but the team needs to start games with more urgency. After trailing 28-14 at the half, the Knights were only outscored 29-28 in the second half.

"When you dig yourself a hole, you need to get going," she said. "The second half was nice and even, but think about how the game would have been if we started the game like we should.

"But it's nice to know we can play even with a team like that."

Junior Tamara Elzen helped to carry the load offensively with 11 points for the Knights, whose roster is capped at just eight players. Scheele said the lack of depth and experience has been tough to overcome.

"We're young, and we have a lot of sophomores playing," Scheele said of the Knights, who have six sophomores, two juniors and no seniors on the varsity roster. "We still make some costly turnovers, and we have to push back and be physical on defensive rebounding.

"We just have to keep working."

The L-Cats were led by guard Haylee Erb, who scored 18 points and knocked down four 3-pointers.

"She's a shooter," Scheele said of Erb. "She just had enough time to get off the shot, which was good for them. She just seems like she could do that all night."

Rounding out the scoring for Lake Mills were Megan Will and Megan Ranney, who each scored 12 points.

Scheele said the Knights struggled all night with how smooth Lake Mills was in transition as a team. With their lack of depth, the Knights had a tough time with the L-Cats' speed and quickness, Scheele said.

"They like to book and go," she said. "They push and push and push, and they do it all night. It took us a while to adjust to it and they got off quick."

Scheele said a strong second half for the Knights Thursday should provide momentum for the team, set to host Mauston at 7:30 p.m. today.

"We got it going," she said. "We need more of those spurts where we get the energy to press. We need to get some steals and push it ourselves and just make things happen."