Second-half ‘D’ propels Lakers to win over Tigers – Kramer scores 16 in final 20 minutes
ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes women’s basketball team couldn’t shake Marshalltown in the first half, but the Lakers stepped up the defensive pressure for a 78-68 win on Wednesday.
“We played a lot better defense and they didn’t have ny open shots in th second half,” said Iowa Lakes coach Brian Radtke. “Offensively, we went to the basket when we were supposed to and took better care of the ball.”
The Lakers started well enough except for keeping an eye on Channing Merchant, who knocked down a pair of 3-points early in the game.
Jazzmine Hall found an open lane along the baseline to give the Lakers an 11-10 lead and then Shanda Novak was on the end of a pair of fast-break opportunities to push the lead to 15-11.
The Tigers then went on a 7-0 run and held on to a slim lead until Jynna Coyle and Kristin Patterson knocked down back-tow back 3-pointers for a 29-26 lead with 7:40 left in the half.
Marshalltown rallied to take a 32-30 lead, but Novak and Hall scored the next 10 Laker points, part of a 10-5 run, to end the first half with a 40-37 lead.
Karissa Kramer, who only scored one point in the first half, sparked the Lakers in the second half.
At one point, she hit a jumper,then converted a 3-point play and hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakes a 52-45 advantage.
That was followed by three more 3-pointers, one each by Coyle and Novak from the left corner, and then Kramer knocked down another trey as the Lakers suddenly led 61-49.
The sophomore from Sleepy Eye, Minn followed the three with a steal and layup and then Kristin Patterson knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lakers’ biggest lead at 66-51.
Although a few starters needing a breather with about 5 minutes remaining, Marshalltown never got closer than nine points as the Lakers closed out the win.
Novak led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Kramer scored 16 points in the second half to end with 17. Coyle contributed 10 and Samantha Boje tossed in eight points and dished out eight assists.
“Samantha did a much better job running the point in the second half and making smarter decisions,” said Radtke.
The Lakers (6-2, 2-0) host Southeastern Community College at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Iowa Lakes 78, Marshalltown 68
Iowa Lakes (78) – Ricca Soper 0 0-0 0; Samantha Boje 3 2-2 8; Hannah Downing 0 0-0 0; Kristin Patterson 2 0-0 6; Sam Widmer 0 0-0 0; Jazzmine Hall 3 0-0 6; Karissa Kramer 6 3- 17; Kym Zitzner 2 2-2 6; Jynna Coyle 4 0-1 10; Shanda Novak 10 4-5 25.
Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 78, Marshalltown 68; 3-pointers – 7 (Patterson 2, Kramer 2, Coyle 2, Novak). Rebounds – 37 (Novak 11) Assists – 18 (Boje 8). Steals – 10 (Novak 2, Zitzner 2, Kramer 2, Hall 2) Blocked Shots – 0. Turnovers – 22. Total Fouls – 13. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – ILCC – Patterson.