Five players scored in double figures for the Goodhue boys basketball team in a 69-34 rout of Lyle-Pacelli in Goodhue.
The Wildcats (8-5, 1-3 HVL Blue) had little trouble from start to finish with the co-op from Lyle High School and Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin. Goodhue led 20-9 with 10 minutes left in the first half and sliced through the Lyle-Pacelli defense with ease.
"It was good to get a game where we could try some new things," Wildcats head coach Tony Poncelet said. "It was a fun game."
It was a nice change for a Goodhue team that continues to find itself in close, hard-fought games. The Wildcats are 6-2 in games decided by three points or less.
Senior Jacob Staehli, senior Ryan Bigelow, junior Zach Hinsch and junior Tyson Dicke all led Goodhue with 11 points each. Dicke also finished with five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Senior Michael McNamara added 10 points, two steals and a team-leading 14 rebounds.
Skylar Meyer finished with 10 points on 4 of 13 shooting and nine rebounds to lead Lyle-Pacelli. Max Brennan notched nine points and three rebounds in the loss.
The easy victory was still in question midway through the first half as the Wildcats led 25-14 with 6 minutes, 13 seconds remaining. But that changed quickly as Goodhue went on a 19-5 run to close out the half leading 44-19. Dicke scored all 11 of his points before halftime, including a layup at the buzzer. The Wildcats' 11 turnovers in the first half were the only reason Lyle-Pacelli stayed close as long as it did.
Goodhue extended its lead even further coming out of the break and Bigelow scored 11-straight points for the Wildcats. Bigelow made three 3-pointers and two free throws during the 11-0 run to put Goodhue ahead 61-25 with 12:04 left in the game.
"I got the open looks," Bigelow said. "I got some confidence and the next two just went in."
The inflated score put the rest of the game in running time and neither team scored in the final five minutes. It was an impressive defensive performance by the Wildcats in a game that was basically over at halftime.
"It can be difficult to work on the defensive end when you're up by so much," Bigelow said. "But you don't want to let off and let them even close to getting back into the game."
Lyle-Pacelli was held to 28 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Goodhue made 28 of 52 shots, including 6 of 13 3-pointers, and went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats held a wide rebounding margin over Lyle-Pacelli at 36-21.
Goodhue travels to Pine Island Friday.