The Iowa Lakes women started well against top-ranked North Iowa Area Community College, but the constant full-court pressure seemed to get to the hosts in the second half as the Trojans cruised to an 91-53 victory on Wednesday.
Iowa Lakes led 21-13 at the 9:23 mark of the first half, but then just scored one free throw the rest of the way.
The Lakers still trailed just 27-22 in the closing seconds. But on an out-of-bounds play, the Trojans' Emily Bell hit a 3-pointer while at the same time, a Laker ran threw a screen to try to get to Bell and was called for a foul. With the double bonus, the Trojans' Ashley Cordle hit two free throws as the visitors led 32-22 at the break.
NIACC, which features a deep bench, ran players in and out of the game every few minutes to keep up the full-court pressure in the second half. That led to Laker turnovers as they pushed the lead to 65-40 with just over 9 minutes left in the game.
Leah Courtney led Iowa Lakes with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Shaunte Tucker finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Aliyah Gipson and Allie Kemeny each had six points while Nijala Johnson had five, Boroson had four and Sobrina West, Macy Dahl and Carly Gilliland each had two.
Morgan Walker led NIACC with 14 points.
Iowa Lakes (5-21 overall, 2-10 in the ICCAC) is on the road against 15th-ranked Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids today.
Tritons too much for Lakers
FORT DODGE - The sixth-ranked Iowa Central women had little trouble with Iowa Lakes on Saturday, winning 75-45.
The Tritons (19-4 overall, 8-3 ICCAC) led 40-22 at halftime over the Lakers (5-20 overall, 2-9 ICCAC).
Aliyah Gibson came off the bench to lead the Lakers with 12 points. Leah Courtney finished with 10 points, Shaunte Tucker had seven, Nijala Johnson had six, Tayler Boroson had five, Nathash Kindred and Carly Gilliland each had two and Macy Dahl had one.
Lydia Harley led Iowa Central with 23 points while Katie Dentlinger had 19.