NEW LISBON — It wasn’t the sort of performance New Lisbon head coach Jeremiah Pfaff will rave about, but his Rockets did enough to continue their winning ways.
New Lisbon (8-2 overall, 3-1 Scenic Bluffs) grinded out a 66-52 win over Cashton (4-3, 3-1) Tuesday, Jan. 8 in New Lisbon in a game that featured its fair share of sloppy play by both teams. The victory extended the Rockets’ winning streak to five games and handed the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.
Despite enduring a couple of dry spells on offense during the first half, New Lisbon closed strongly enough to hold a 35-21 lead at the midway mark. The second half was a bit more evenly matched, but featured self-inflicted errors by both teams.
The Rockets turned the ball over, rushed things offensively and failed to corral many offensive rebounds. The turnovers and offensive rebounds provided the Eagles with their fair share of opportunities to mount a comeback. But cold shooting from deep and a flurry of missed bunnies kept Cashton from ever seriously threatening New Lisbon’s lead.
“I felt we were pretty lucky to get a win tonight with 16 turnovers, which is way too many,” Pfaff said. “We were really careless at the end. Fortunately, their shooters were a little off tonight and we were able to get just enough rebounds to manage to hang on and win.”
New Lisbon senior guard Holden Rydmark scored a game-high 21 points, freshman forward Stephen Daley finished with 13 points and senior guard Cody Haschke chipped in 10 points in the win. Junior point guard Kristt Hilden and senior forward/guard Kole Ripley scored 18 and 12 points, respectively for the Eagles.
Though it wasn’t their prettiest effort, the Rockets’ win propelled them into a three-way tie for second in the Scenic Bluffs Conference standings with Cashton and Hillsboro. Both the Eagles’ and the Tigers’ lone conference loss came at the hands of New Lisbon.
“That was Cashton’s first conference loss. So with that win, we’re now in second place,” Pfaff said. “That’s definitely a positive that keeps our program headed in the right direction and keeps us within reach of our end-of-season goals.”
The Rockets will be back in action when they hit the road to take on Wonewoc-Center (3-5, 1-3) Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Wonewoc.