Ben Stoll drives toward the basket during Whitewater’s 68-65 loss to Big Foot on Monday night. Stoll was one of three Whippets to reach double figures with 12 points. (Peter Mischka photo)

WHS hits the road to open tourney play Tuesday

By Daniel Schoettler


Dylan Pease and Jake Martin provided the scoring punch for Whippets boys basketball.

Both posted two double-digit efforts as the team improved its win total to four this past week.

Whitewater took a 36-27 lead at halftime against Big Foot this Monday before getting outscored 41-29 in the second half. In the 68-65 road loss, Whitewater made 26 shots, including four from three-point range, and went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.

“It was a weird game as we had injuries in and out of the game for Carter (Brown) and Ben (Stoll), so it was a tough rotation as Big Foot played a lot of players,” head coach Dan Gnatzig said. “They got the momentum, and it was back and forth as we had a shot to take the lead and missed. They made two shots at the line down the stretch, and we had a shot to tie with five seconds left.”

Martin led the way with 20 points, while Pease added 14. Ben Stoll chipped in 12 points, while Cooper Pease rounded out the Whippets in double figures with 10.

Against Brodhead on Feb. 15, Whitewater took a 29-27 lead at the break and used a 14-2 run in the second half to help get the 71-49 win.

The Whippets made 30 shots from the field, including seven from three-point range, and made four of their free throws.

“They went to a zone at that time (during the 14-2 run) as we had Hunter and Jake Martin in the game,” Gnatzig said. “We went over the top with passes and it was easy for Jake when we made those nice passes.”

Dylan Pease led the way against Brodhead with 22 points, while Jake Martin netted 17. Brown added 9 while Cooper Pease finished with 8.

“They played a solid, full game, and we broke it open in the second half,” Gnatzig said. “Carter probably played his best game as he ran good offense and kept his dribble to allow Jake and Dylan to get open.”

The 11th-seeded Whippets start WIAA regional play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at sixth-seeded St. Thomas More.


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