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Senior guard Frank Koehnke, the player Catholic Central High School boys basketball coach Kyle Scott calls the “heart and soul” of the team, certainly was the engine that made the Hilltoppers run Monday night.

Koehnke scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds – both game highs – in leading the Hilltoppers to a 56-50 nonconference victory over Williams Bay Faith Christian at Burlington.

“He’s an absolute beast,” Scott said of Koehnke, who is averaging about 18 points a game in leading the young Hilltoppers (2-7).

“We are a very young team. He’s setting an example (for the younger players). He’s leading our young guards very well.”

Scott also praised the play of sophomore guard Brandon Pum, who scored 10 points and had seven rebounds.

It was the Hilltoppers’ second victory of the season and came on the heels of a 75-33 loss to St. Catherine’s on Friday night.

Scott said the Eagles (5-4) were the first Division 5 team the Hilltoppers have played this season.

In the loss to St. Catherine’s, Catholic Central was 6 for 14 from the free-throw line. “I voiced my displeasure with it that night,” Scott said.

Monday night, the Hilltoppers improved to 10 for 12 from the line, including an 8 for 9 performance by Koehnke.

Joshua Olson led Faith Christian with 15 points and Cole Bechman added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

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