Norse boys falter in DC race

The Whitehall boys basketball team’s chances to win the Dairyland Conference Large Division took a big hit with two losses last week.

The Norse began the week with a lopsided win over Cadott on Monday, however the team fell behind early and never caught up in a 78-65 loss to Blair-Taylor on Thursday (see story elsewhere in Sports). The next night, Whitehall had chances, but lost a second-half lead and fell to Alma Center Lincoln, 57-50.

At 7-5, Whitehall sits a game back from Melrose-Mindoro in the division standings. The team hosts Augusta on Friday, a must-win if the Norse are going to tie for the DC title. They’ll also need Eleva-Strum to beat Mel-Min next Thursday. The Norse (11-10 overall) close with two nonconference games, playing at Fall Creek this coming Monday before closing with a home game against Coulee Christian/Providence next Thursday.  

Whitehall 69 Cadott 48

The Norse took control of the game with a 25-8 run in the first half.

Whitehall was trailing early before two straight baskets by Brayden Lisowski and a layup by Caydan Johnston made the score 13-8. After Cadott scored, Lisowski knocked down a three to make the score 16-10.

Cadott scored again to get back within four, but Whitehall scored the next nine points. Johnston started the run with a three pointer before Will Youngbauer and Seth Lambeck scored, putting the Norse ahead by 11 with eight minutes left. Two Lisowski free throws made the score 25-13.

The Hornets ended that run and got the lead back down to single digits with a three pointer, but Whitehall scored 10 straight. Johnston stretched the lead back to 11 with a layup before Lisowski knocked down a three pointer, sparking a Cadott time out with five and a half minutes left in the half. Preston Schroeder scored twice after a Youngbauer free throw to put Whitehall ahead 35-16 with two minutes left.

The Norse took a 35-20 lead into halftime.

Whitehall went ahead by 20 early in the second half and the lead nearly reached 30 with 10 minutes left in the game. Cadott made the final score closer with baskets down the stretch. 

ACL 57 Whitehall 50

Whitehall had a six-point advantage at halftime, but struggled down the stretch.

The Norse had no answer for ACL’s Ben Ross in the second half as the Hornet stung the Norse inside for 22 of his game-high 28 points. The team also got 10 second half points from Jace Paul as it pulled ahead for the win. 

Mason Pientok scored 16 for Whitehall, including two three pointers in the second half. The team got eight points from Grant Olson while Lambeck and Lisowski both scored six, Youngbauer, five; Schroeder, four; Johnston, three and Riley Herman, two. 

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