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Boys follow up season opening win with tough matchup against Lodi

 

December 8, 2021

Presley Brueggen goes up for a shot against Kickapoo.

Kickapoo 24 – Cashton 82

With the game practically decided in the first half, Presley Brueggen's two-handed slam dunk offered some excitement to an otherwise relaxed second half as the Cashton Eagle boys demolished a short-handed Kickapoo Panthers team, 82-24.

The first half was filled with a flurry of steals by the Eagles and an offensive drubbing as they took a commanding 42-12 lead into halftime. Kickapoo scored first to take their only lead of the game, but Alec Wall ended that with a three-pointer to give Cashton a lead they would never surrender.

Bowdy Dempsey was one of three players to score in double digits and led the Eagles with 20 points. Brueggen finished with 17 and Connor Butzler added 12.

Eleven Eagles total scored. A. Wall 8, B. Hemmersbach 6, Huntzicker 5, N. Hemmersbach 5, Mlsna 3, J. Wall 2, Perry 2, Klinge 2.

Lodi 79 – Cashton 59

On Saturday, Dec. 4, the boys welcomed the Lodi Blue Devils for special afternoon matinee. It was also scheduled to celebrate two highly successful coaches with Cashton ties. Long-time former Eagle coach, Kevin Alderson, and former Eagle standout player, Mitch Hauser, who played for Mr. Alderson and is reportedly taking a year off from coaching the Blue Devils.

It was a rough first half for the Eagles as they struggled to handle a noticeable size difference that offered an advantage to the Blue Devils.

Cashton found themselves down by eight points early before Bowdy Dempsey connected from behind the three-point arc. Jack Hilden converted a pair of free throws to keep the Eagles within 10 points. Hilden scored again on a drive to the hoop, and Logan Perry scored inside to pull Cashton within six points with 10:52 left in the first half.

Lodi went on a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 13 points, 26-13, before Presley Brueggen connected on two free throws to end the run.

Brueggen and Hilden each canned three-pointers as the first half came to an end, but Lodi held a sizable lead, 45-22, at the break.

Cashton came out in the second half with a bit more fire and outscored the visiting Blue Devils 37-34.

The Eagles trailed by 25 points early in the second half but found a way to chip away at the gap.

Brueggen pulled up for a 10-foot jumper, and then put three points in the books the hard way, driving for a score and drawing a foul, to cut into the Lodi lead.

Connor Butzler finds a path to the bucket.

Noah Hemmersbach scored inside, then Dempsey forced a turnover that ended up with another Brueggen score.

Connor Butzler dialed up a three-pointer, and Dempsey and Zack Mlsna both scored in the paint, and Brueggen hit from long-range to pull Cashton to within 13 points, with 8:21 left to play.

Dempsey converted two free throws to get the Eagles within 11 points, but that would be as close as they would get.

Cashton didn't let the gap spread much further until the final minutes of the second half and were within 12 points much of the way. But Lodi closed out the game with a 9-0 run. The Eagles fell 79-59.

SCORING: Dempsey 19, Brueggen 15, Butzler 10, Hilden 9, N. Hemmersbach 2, Perry 2, Mlsna 2.

 

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