Raiders pick up 10th straight victory
Lake Park-Audubon guards attacked from the arc to balance a game-high 21 points from center Jesse Bergh as the Raiders won for the 10th consecutive game at Rothsay Saturday.
“That’s a big deal and a big accomplishment,” Bergh said. “It’s a testament to how much work we put in over the summer and it was a lot of work to do it.”
Bergh’s six-foot, 10-inch frame drew triple team defense from Rothsay and the Tigers forced turnovers early to stay in the game trailing by only two points 14-12 at the midway point of the first half.
The Raiders adjusted and took over momentum on a 22-7 run to the halftime horn led by 11 first half points from Mike Vohnoutka.
LP-A continued to pressure on the offensive end and pushed the lead to 30 points and running time on the scoreboard in the second half.
The Raiders never trailed in the game. Rothsay came out swinging after falling behind 7-0 on a basket by Raider junior Mitch Hall.
Sophomore Landon Lang got the Tigers on the board with the first of his trio of three-point baskets followed by a Wyatt Curtis bucket to pull within two points trailing 7-5.
Reese Mattson answered with a three for LP-A and the Raiders held the Tiger attack at bay the remainder of the game.
Lang and Curtis led Rothsay with 11 points each.
Vohnoutka had a pair of threes and used his speed around the court to get open looks and chase down loose balls scoring 17 points behind Bergh’s 21.
Hall also had two threes in the game scoring 14 points.
Reese Mattson led the Raider guards with three buckets from behind the arc and 11 points, to go with a number of excellent passing plays on the offensive end.
“He is steady and defends like crazy,” Raiders head coach Kyle Haberman said of Mattson.
Mattson looked to pass first, but made his shot attempts wisely Saturday as the LP-A offense had time and space in which to operate.
The Raiders improved to 14-4 overall and have pushed their record 10 games to the plus side after starting the season 4-4, including three losses to Pine to Prairie teams.
“We definitely want to win the conference; that’s pretty much our goal,” Bergh said. “We can’t lose another Pine to Prairie conference game.”
LP-A is 6-3 in the conference and faces Waubun (11-2, 8-1) next, the lone team above the Raiders in the Pine to Prairie South.
The Bombers defeated the Raiders 64-56 at home in mid-December and have won eight of nine conference games. The only loss coming at home to Ada-Borup 66-58 in early January.
Waubun and LP-A will play in Lake Park Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Game notes: At halftime, the new Rothsay gymnasium was dedicated to hall of fame coach and former athletic director Bill Rose.
The Rothsay girls team won for the first time since since March of 2014 defeating the Raiders 49-41.
Madison Honer and Samantha Lankow led the Tigers (1-11) with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Raider freshman Grace Bowers led all scorers with 14 points, including a trio of three-point baskets. Junior Alexa Carlson scored 11 points.
Lake Park-Audubon at Rothsay, Saturday, Jan. 16.
LPA 36 33 — 69
RTH 19 18 — 37
LPA – Bergh 21, Vohnoutka 17, Hall 14, Mattson 11, Ulmer 3, Pederson 2, Sherbrooke 1.
RTH – Curtis 11, Lang 11, Mudderman 6, Balken 2, Christ 2, Dunbar 2, Keep 2, Molter 1.