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By Staff | Feb 26, 2008

Sophomore Kym Zitzner (32) came up with 16 points in her final home game at Iowa Lakes Community College. The senior also had three steals and a blocked shot. EDN photo by David Swartz

For their final game in front of the home crowd, the Iowa Lakes sophomores stepped up the defense, especially in the second half, to put away Ellsworth 70-51 on Saturday.

Post player Shanda Novak stepped up with 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals, fellow post Kym Zitzner had 16 points and a blocked shot and Karissa Kramer finished with 13 points, four assists and four steals against the visiting Panthers.

Ellsworth kept pace with the Lakers in the first half.

“We kept getting up by about five (points) and then let them back in,” said Iowa Lakes coach Brian Radtke.

Right before the break though, the Lakers came up with a few steals to push their lead to 33-26.

Sophomore Kristin Patterson finds a seam in the Ellsworth defense. EDN photo by David Swartz

Novak scored six of the team’s first 10 points in the second half, but it wasn’t until Kramer hit back-to-back 3-pointers that the Lakers led by double digits for good. That gave Iowa Lakes a 49-32 lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Lakers maintained a 15-point lead for a few minutes and led by 20 when Zitzner hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:35 remaining.

“Our defense was much better in the second half,” said Radtke.

Iowa Lakes (19-9, 10-7) end the regular season against Des Moines Area Community College on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m. in Boone.

Iowa Lakes 70, Ellsworth 51

Iowa Lakes (70) – Ricca Soper 1 0-0 2; Samantha Boje 2 0-0 5; Hannah Downing 2 0-2 5; Kristin Patterson 0 2-4 2; Sam Widmer 0 0-0 0; Jazzmine Hall 2 1-4 5; Karissa Kramer 4 3-4 13; Kym Zitzner 6 2-2 16; Jynna Coyle 2 0-0 5; Shanda Novak 7 5-5 19.

Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 33, Ellsworth 26; 3-pointers – 6 (Kramer 2, Boje, Downing, Zitzner, Coyle); Rebounds – 31 (Novak 7) Assists – 14 (Kramer 4). Steals – 17 (Novak 5). Blocked Shots – 1 (Zitzner). Turnovers – 17. Total Fouls – 20. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.