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Defense propels Lakers past Sioux Falls JV

By Staff | Jan 30, 2008

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Trailing by six points at half time, the Iowa Lakes women’s team stepped up the defense in the second half on the way to a 71-63 victory over the Sioux Falls Junior Varsity on Monday.

“We didn’t play well in the first half. We gave up offensive boards and didn’t make the open shots,” said Iowa Lakes coach Brian Radtke, whose team trailed 35-29 at the break.

The second half was a different story.

The Lakers held Sioux Falls to just two points in the first nine minutes forcing them to take a time out.

“Ricca Soper came off the bench and hit some big threes for us,” said Radtke. “One of them came in the second half when they were making a run that was kind of the nail in the coffin.”

The Lakers then made their free throws to seal the win.

Radtke also complimented the play of sophomore forward Kym Zitzner.

“Kym played a great game,” he said.

Zitzner led the Lakers with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Samantha Boje chipped in 12 points while Karissa Kramer had 11 points and six assists.

Iowa Lakes (15-5, 6-3) hosts AIB at 5:30 p.m. today.