Too many missed opportunities for Lakers
The Iowa Lakes women’s team had chances to hand Iowa Central only its third Region XI loss on Wednesday.
Although the Lakers had missed to layups to take the lead, they had one more chance with nine seconds remaining and trailing 68-67.
However, the play developed slowly and Iowa Lakes didn’t get off a shot before the buzzer sounded as the Tritons held on for the victory.
“Different people showed up to play tonight, but except for our top three players, we’re not consistent from night to night,” said Iowa Lakes coach Brian Radtke. “We need to find a combination that works.”
The coach also pointed to a defensive effort in the first half in which his team gave up 12 layups.
“That’s too easy,” he said.
Iowa Lakes started by matching the visitors basket for basket. Tied at nine after a basket by Samantha Boje with 15 minutes remaining, the visitors went on a mini-6-0 run over the next three minutes before Jazzmine Hall drove baseline for a layup.
However, the Lakers kept the game close with a 3-pointer by Kristin Patterson with a trey by Boje tying the game at 21 with 8:35 remaining.
However, the visitors answered with a trey from Kylie Dilla which started a 9-0 run over the next couple minutes.
The Lakers answered with an 8-0 run with four points each from Shanda Novak and Karissa Kramer, but the visitors again pulled away.
The Tritons took a 46-34 and appeared in control at the end of the half, but a 3-pointer by Ricca Soper and a basket by Novak got the lead back to single digits, 46-39.
Iowa Lakes made several runs in the second half, but could never quite retake the lead.
After cutting the deficit to 60-57, the Lakers didn’t score for a five-minute stretch until Jynna Coyle and Boje hit back-to-back 3-pointers. That brought the Lakers within two, 68-65 with 3 minutes remaining.
A layup by Hall with 1:25 on the clock cut the deficit to one.
Boje and Kramer both had layup opportunities in that final stretch, but both rimmed out.
Kramer led the Lakers with 15 points, four assists and three steals. Novak had 14 points, eight rebounds and there steals and Boje had 12 points.
Iowa Lakes (18-9, 9-7) hosts Ellsworth on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.
Iowa Central 68, Iowa Lakes 67
Iowa Lakes (67) – Ricca Soper 2 0-0 5; Samantha Boje 4 1-2 12; Hannah Downing 1 0-0 2; Kristin Patterson 1 0-0 3; Sam Widmer 0 2-2 2; Jazzmine Hall 2 0-0 4; Karissa Kramer 7 0-0 15; Kym Zitzner 1 0-0 2; Jynna Coyle 3 0-0 8; Shanda Novak 4 6-6 14.
Halftime score — Iowa Central 46, Iowa Lakes 39; 3-pointers – 8 (Boje 3, Coyle 2, Soper, Patterson, Kramer); Rebounds – 27 (Novak 8) Assists – 12 (Kramer 4). Steals – 9 (Kramer 3, Novak 3). Blocked Shots – 1 (Patterson). Turnovers – 19. Total Fouls – 14. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.