MONTGOMERY – The shots for the Lester Prairie boys basketball team just weren’t falling early on in their matchup with Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton. Trever Schauer changed that in a big way in the second half.
The sophomore caught fire for the Bulldogs in the second half and his teammates followed as Lester Prairie used a big second half to pick up a 72-66 win over J-W-P Monday.
“The second half was nice,” Lester Prairie coach Andrew Dahl said. “We started slow and got down 9-0 out of the chute. It was kind of fun to start hitting shots and getting better looks. That’s always a key for us. We hit some big ones in the second half to get rolling. It was fun to see us get after it a little bit.”
After scoring eight points in the first half, Schaer caught fire for the Bulldogs in the second half. He scored 20 points in the second half alone including knocking down five-straight 3-pointers to give his team a spark.
“Our guys did a good job of finding him in the second half,” Dahl said. “We weren’t making shots in the first half which hurt us. It was big for him to change that. He’s a confident shooter. He knows he can hit them. It’s big for us to have a guy like that step up and take a large scoring role for us.”
Schauer’s teammates followed suit. Tanner Scheevel knocked down a 3-pointer of his own as Lester Prairie used a 14-0 to take a 56-46 lead.
The Bulldogs would have to hold on down the stretch thanks to a heroic effort from J-W-P’s Landon Dilmer. The sophomore refused to go down quietly as he scored the final 15 points down the stretch for his team. Dilmer finished with a game-high 40 points, 27 of which came in the second half.
Jack Behning also had a strong game for the Bulldogs. He finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the win. Scheevel added eight points while the Bulldogs also got big contributions off the bench.
“We’re trying to find some more depth and get guys that can help us out a little bit,” Dahl said. “We had some kids come in and play some big minutes I thought. LaDamien is playing well. Alek and Noah. All those guys came in and provided a role for us. To have a little depth makes a big difference. We can sub guys in and give them a blow here and there to keep them fresh for the end.
For the complete story and more Herald Journal sports coverage, check out the Dec. 31 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information. Subscribers have full access to this article and more by clicking here. Subscriptions start as low as $1.50 for a two-day subscription, the same price as a newspaper on a newsstand.
Follow Kip Kovar on Twitter: @Kovar_HJSports