Late Hirsch FTs enable LPS to escape Mayville

MAYVILLE — Senior guard Joe Hirsch hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining to give Luther Prep Tuesday’s 62-61 boys hoops win at Mayville.

Hirsch finished with a dozen points as the Phoenix (10-5) erased a nine-point halftime deficit. Mayville (4-13) jumped out to a 10-2 lead on the visitors.

“We came out flat in the first 10 minutes and missed three bunnies,” Luther Prep coach Nate Kieselhorst said. “We were not mentally focused.”

Luther Prep quickly cut the lead to two and used improved rebounding and defense to come away victorious. Senior Jack Heichelbech led the Phoenix with 13 points.

“They got past our guards in the first half and we did a much better job defensively,” Kieselhorst said. “Their top three scorers only had seven points combined in the second half.

“We were 5-for-15 from the line before Joe hit those free throws. We haven’t had that all year.”

The Phoenix entertain Lake Mills Thursday.

LUTHER PREP 62, MAYVILLE 61

Luther Prep    28    34    —    62

Mayville    37    24    —    61

Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) — Biesterfeld 3-0-6, Lindemann 2-0-5, J. Hirsch 4-3-12, C. Hirsch 1-0-3, Westra 3-0-6, Kieselhorst 4-1-9, Freund 3-0-8, Heichelbech 5-3-13. Totals 25 7-17 62.

Mayville (fg-ft-tp) — Nadolski 0-2-2, Hurtienne 6-1-13, Travis 1-0-2, Gutjahr 3-0-6, Schellinger 4-0-11, Mittelstadt 7-0-14, Adamson 6-1-13. Totals 27 4-6 61.

Three-point goals — LP 5, Lindemann, J. Hirsch, C. Hirsch, Freund 2; M 3, Schellinger 3.

Total fouls — LP 8, M 16.

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