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Lakers connect in regular season finale

March 4, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Iowa Lakes women recorded its second-highest point total of the season in defeating Southeastern 75-51 on Saturday.

"We finally found a way to put the ball in the hole," said Iowa Lakes coach Nicole Bullock, whose team shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field. "We had a game where we played hard defense and that carried over to the offensive side.

"It was sophomore night and the girls just picked it up to send Ashleigh (Dykes) and Noelle (Kindred) out on the right note."

Iowa Lakes got off to a quick start with Kindred scoring the first basket and Sunday Duop hitting a couple 3-pointers in an 8-1 run. The Lakers continued their hot streak as they led 33-21 at the break.

The ball kept falling for Iowa Lakes in the second half as well as the hosts out-scored the Blackhawks 42-30.

Myangel Johnson came off the bench to lead the Lakers with 23 points on 10-of18 shooting. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and had three assists.

Duop finished with 20 points while shooting 6-of-12 from the field including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She was also perfect from the free throw line in four attempts.

Shabreka Edwards finished with 11 points while Carla Barrera had eight.

Dykes finished with 6 points and three assists. Kindred had four points, five rebounds and five assists.

Daria Jones chipped in two points and Alliyah Easter had one.

Iowa Lakes (9-21 overall, 5-11 in the conference) will travel to Boone to take on Des Moines Area Community College in the first round of the region tournament on Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but with an impending storm expected to hit most of Iowa overnight, the game was moved to March 6. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Lakers, seeded seventh, split with the second-seeded Bears this season, winning 49-46 at home on Jan. 5 and losing on the road in Boone, 54-31, on Feb. 6.

The semifinals and championship games will be played at Southeastern Community College in Keokuk this Friday and Saturday.

Other tournament matchups Wednesday feature No. 1 seed Kirkwood hosting No. 8 seed Ellsworth; No. 4 seed North Iowa Area Community College will host No. 5 seed Southeastern and No. 3 seed Iowa Central will host No. 6 seed Marshalltown.



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