LAKE MILLS | The Garner-Hayfield/Ventura and Lake Mills boys basketball teams were lighting up the scoreboard from 3-point range on Friday.
The teams combined for 23 3-point goals as GHV was able to hold off Lake Mills 73-69 in North Iowa Conference action.
“It was one of the best shooting displays in a high school game that I’ve seen,” GHV senior Joel Toppin said. “Both teams were trading shots.”
The teams were a combined 47 of 104 from the field, including 23 of 53 from 3-point range.
“It seemed like we were able to match their big 3s with our own 3s,” said GHV coach Joe Albertson, whose team shot 46 percent (23 of 50) from the field. “This was our best offensive night of the season. Thank God because they were shooting the ball.”
Lake Mills was 14 of 30 from 3-point range but Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (6-3, 3-2) led for most of the game behind the performances of Joel Toppin, Braden Meints and Jake Wolf.
The three seniors combined for 53 points, led by 22 from Toppin.
“It was hard to hit shots with them switching their defenses up,” said Toppin, who was just 3 of 9 from the field in the first half before hitting 4 of 6 shots in the second half. “I just got in a rhythm in the second half.”
Toppin scored 14 points in the second half while Meints scored 11 after the break, including two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals, who led by as many as eight points late in the third quarter, also received eight points from Holden Hutcheson and seven points from Spencer Shaw.
“We needed that production,” Albertson said. “We knew they weren’t going to go away.”
Like Albertson said, the Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2) found a way back into the game, mostly shots falling from beyond the arc.
Lake Mills hit eight 3-pointers in the second half, including three from Granger Kingland and two apiece from Mateo Pena and Hunter Kingland.
“That’s the style we have to play,” Lake Mills coach Kyle Menke said. “We have decent quickness and guys that can knock shots down.”
Granger Kingland finished with a team-high 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers despite going 0 of 4 from downtown in the third quarter.
“Granger is one of those kids where if he misses three or four shots in a row you want him to shoot three more,” Menke said. “He’s a shooter and we’re confident he can hit shots.”
Meanwhile Kingland’s older brother, Hunter, added 19 points, Pena had 13 and Paul Pins 10 for the Bulldogs.
Menke said he liked how Hunter attacked the basket after his outside shot wasn’t falling down.
“Hunter did a nice job attacking the basket and he just continues to expand his game.”