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Cadott takes two out of three-game home stand

The Cadott boys basketball team’s season is far from over, as the squad took on three games over the week, playing in two conference match-ups, before heading out of the conference against Turtle Lake.

Feb. 11 vs. Augusta conference (W 74-34)

“Best team game of basketball by far,” said coach Dusty Burish. “The boys came out with great help defense, a lot of talking and offensively, we were able to push the ball up the court and score.”

Traveling the short distance to Augusta, Cadott outscored the Beavers early on, going into halftime up 38-14. The scoring continued in the second, as the Hornets put 36 points on the board, opposed to Augusta’s 20.

Cadott walked away from the conference match-up with an easy 74-34 victory.

“They really were in-sync in this game,” said Burish. “Any team is tough to beat when they play great team ball like tonight.”

Junior Brad Irwin led the way for the Hornets, with 14 points, with freshman Eddie Mittermeyer right behind with 13, including three shots from long range. Freshman Tegan Ritter came next, with 12 points, followed by senior Mason Poehls with 11 and senior Mitch Drilling had 8.

Senior Ben Steffes put 7 points on the board, including a three, while junior Cole Sopiarz ended with 5 points. Junior Andy Falkenberg added 4 points to the mix.

Feb. 13 vs. Fall Creek conference (W 63-60)

Two days later, Fall Creek came to call, in what would be a nail-biter of a finish.

The game was close at halftime, 28-24 in favor of the Hornets and remained close in the second.

“Some great defensive effort got us a few turnovers late in the second half and big time free throws,” said Burish. “But Fall Creek hit a big three to tie it up to go to OT.”

Cadott scored eight points in the overtime battle, holding Fall Creek to just five points for a 63-60 victory.

“The boys stuck together and played hard defense,” said Burish, “and Mason Poehls hit a big three in the corner to take the lead and win the game in OT.”

Poehls led all scorers with 26 points, including six shots from long range. Ritter came next with two, three-pointers of his own for 17 points. Mittermeyer also notched a three, finishing with 9 points.

Irwin chipped in for 5 points, while Drilling added 4 and Sopiarz had 2.

Feb. 17 vs. Turtle Lake non-conference (L 59-49)

Ending the three-game home stand, Cadott hosted nonconference Turtle Lake. Cadott led at the break by two points, but were limited to just 18 in the second half.

Turtle Lake went on to take the match-up, 59-49.

“We kept it tight all game, very competitive, then with the last 1:30, our shots didn’t fall and their’s did,” said Burish, “and they pulled away with a 10-point victory.”

Drilling led with 13 points, while Irwin and Poehls each had 10. Mittermeyer and Steffes each had 6. Ritter and Sopiarz added 2 points each.

The Hornets sit at 6-12 overall and 3-10 in the West Cloverbelt Conference.

“[The] boys were down, especially after what they accomplished last week, but we are not done yet,” said Burish.