2018-03-11 / Sports

District loss to Bath ends NL cage season

BATH – New Lothrop’s boys’ basketball season came to an end last Monday at the Class C Districts held at Bath High School as the Hornets fell to host Bath in an opening-round contest.

“This was definitely a game of momentum swings,” said New Lothrop coach Brady Simons. “They were up early and then we had a great second quarter and went into halftime with the lead and momentum. However, they came out in the third and knocked down some big shots and we had a three or four minute stretch where we went cold and they took control of the game.”

He added, “It was a close game all the way with both teams having six or eight point leads throughout. We made one last run at them and cut their lead to three with just under a minute to play, but couldn’t quite overcome the deficit.” The 62-56 loss came despite another high-scoring performance by NL’s Nick Johnson, who poured in a game-high 28 points, Johnson sank four three pointers in the contest and converted 6 of 7 free throws to end his brilliant high school career.

Avery Moore swished a pair of triples as he added a dozen points for the Hornets while Jacob Graves and Kollin Lienau split a dozen markers evenly. Bryce Lienau and Dylan Shaydik rounded out the scoring for New Lothrop with two points apiece.

“We have a lot of returning guys that will be joined by kids from a successful JV team for next year,” commented NL mentor Brady Simons, whose squad finished this season with a 13-8 overall record and a second-place finish in the GAC-White. “They were a fun group to coach and they really improved throughout the year, and I think we have a real good foundation built now for the future. That’s three straight winning seasons and we will have a lot of returning kids that will join a successful junior varsity team next year.”

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