With just 2 seconds remaining in regulation of Lake Country Lutheran's Midwest Classic Conference matchup with University School of Milwaukee on Jan. 10, LCL sophomore Bryce Haertle was sent to the free-throw line. Cool under pressure, Haertle sunk both attempts to pull the Lightning ahead for the win, 55-53.
Even though LCL turned the ball over 20 times, the Lightning shot 40 percent from the floor and had 3-point baskets from six different players.
"We did a great job of playing inside-out, getting them to drop and kicking the ball out," LCL coach Mark Newman said. "We ended up shooting 48 percent from the 3-point line. It overcame those turnovers."
Haertle led with 22 points and five rebounds. Grayson Hopkins added 9 points and three 3-pointers. Ryan Hayward had 8 points. Ethan Adler contributed 6 points and seven rebounds. Landon Steele, Adler and Hayward all had two steals each.
LCL will take on MCC powerhouse Brookfield Academy on Jan. 14.
"One, we will have to overcome their talent and their size," Newman said. "Then, just the fact that they've dominated our conference for the last number of years. You've got to mentally overcome that. That will be a challenge for us."
The Lightning stand at 5-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
LCL girls lose on road
The Lake Country Lutheran girls basketball team lost at Port Washington on Jan. 10, 49-32. Kate Benes had a team-high 12 points. Olivia Stoppenbach contributed 8 points and two 3-pointers.
LCL trailed by just 4 at halftime.
"We played a good first half," LCL coach Kim Hirt said. "Our defensive position was improved over Saturday. Our offense, while still occasionally impatient, was more active. With a 4-point difference at half, we had every reason to expect a more competitive second half than we produced. Poor positioning and not taking care of the ball hurt us."
LCL is 4-7 overall.