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MAYVILLE – Junior Chloe Welak’s 3-point play to put Mayville up 5-0 just 90 seconds into Thursday’s Flyway Conference game with Lomira set the stage for the outcome of the game.

After Welak was fouled on a made layup, her free throw took several bounces and on the third one there was no doubt it would go in.

It was similar to how the entire game would turn out as both teams started with small runs and it looked like the game could go either way. That’s before the Cardinals closed out the first half on a 20-10 run and cruised in the second half to a 60-37 victory over the Lions.

“We put two halves together, we played great defense and we were attacking offensively the entire game,” Mayville coach Liz Cook said.

The Cardinals (11-3, 4-2 Flyway) had the initial 5-0 lead, but Lomira’s Hailey Johnston went on a 6-2 run by herself to make it 7-6 with 15:03 left in the first half.

That run came to a halt when Sydney Schultz got a fade-away jumper to drop at 12:17, which started the 20-10 run to close out the first half with a 27-16 lead over the Lions (5-8, 2-4).

“We had stressed in practice that once we get on a run we’ve got to keep going,” Cook said. “We can’t stop playing defense. We can’t stop attacking and let them come back in the game. I was really proud of them to keep playing through that.

“Even though (the Lions) scored a few times, they kept attacking and kept getting points.”

Schultz finished with 20 points for the Cardinals as she made her presence known down low.

“I think her teammates did a really good job of moving the ball and then when she did have a good seal (she did a good job),” Cook said. “(The Lions) did a good job in the first half of denying her. They put two people on her when they could.

“We made a few adjustments at halftime and she was able to get the seal and her teammates did a good job of getting her the ball.”

In the second half, the Cardinals shot out with a 9-5 run that was capped off with three free throws from Whitney Liegl to go up 36-21 with 12:21 left.

Cook said she liked Liegl attacking the rim the entire game.

“I like her aggressiveness,” Cook said. “I challenged her to get to the basket and she did that. She finished a lot of her shots.”

The Cardinals’ offense didn’t let up in the second half either. When Schultz got one down low with 5:50 left, it raised the lead to 48-29. It kick-started an 11-3 run to go up 57-32.

Hailey Johnston led Lomira with 11 points, but Cook was proud of the team defense they put on Crystal Geiger who leads the Flyway with 18.9 points a game. Geiger finished with just eight points.

“We knew we had to shut her down and make other people score,” Cook said. “It was team defense that did it because any time she drove, she saw three white jerseys in front of her.”

MAYVILLE 60, LOMIRA 37</&hspag3>

Lomira 16 21 - 37

Mayville 27 33 - 60

Lomira (37): Gabriella Luecke 2, Elizabeth Wulff 2, Autumn Schrauth 4, Kailin Brath 7, Erin Ries 3, Crystal Gieger 8, Hailey Johnston 11. TOTALS (FGs FTM-FTA PTs): 15 5-7 37.

Mayville (60): Amber Schraufnagel 7, Taylor Hammons 1, Whitney Liegl 16, Alaina Wagner 2, Megan Schellpfeffer 2, Chloe Welak 3, Reannah Zimmer 7, Syd Schultz 20, Makayla Konrad 2. TOTALS (FGs FTM-FTA PTs): 20 19-28 60.

3-pointers: Lo 2 (Ries 1, Johnston 1), May 1 (Liegl). Total fouls: Lo 22, May 9. Fouled out: none.

Follow Mark McMullen on Twitter @mmcmull2 or contact him at 920-356-6754.

Regional Sports Reporter