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Double the fun

By Staff | Nov 18, 2008

At times, it looked like the Iowa Lakes women’s basketball team was conducting a layup drill in a 84-45 win over Minnesota West on Saturday. Ricca Soper is challenged on her attempt. EDN photos by David Swartz

The Iowa Lakes women’s basketball team picked up its first two wins of the 2008-09 season during homecoming this week in Estherville.

On Saturday, a 12-1 run in the final 5 minutes of the first half helped the Iowa Lakes women put distance between them and visiting Minnesota West.

The Lakers continued to pull away in the second half on the way to a 84-45 victory for their first win of the season.

“Getting after them early got them flustered,” said Iowa Lakes coach Brian Radtke. “We continued to do it out of the lockerroom.”

On Monday, the Lakers rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half, pulling out a three-point victory, 72-69.

“We dug ourselves a hole early and didn’t play very good defense on the threes. I think they had 12 or 13,” said Radtke. “We did a good job of working the ball inside to Danitra (Lewis) and hit open shots when we needed to.”

Lakers vs. Sioux Falls JV

The Lakers trailed 60-50 midway through the second half when they went on a 15-3 run which included 3-pointers by Jade Hatchett, Ricca Soper and Samantha Boje. Following Boje’s 3-pointer, she stole the ball and went coast to coast for a layup that tied the game at 63-63 and two free throws by Shanette Stokes gave the Lakers a 64-63 edge.

A seesaw battle continued the rest of the way with Lewis putting the Lakers up for good, 70-69, on a layup with the feed from Stokes.

On Sioux Falls’ next possession, an offensive foul was called on a player driving to the basket. She disagreed with the official and was called for the technical. Soper sank both free throws to put the Lakers ahead by three. The Cougars final 3-point attempt was off the mark and rolled out of bounds with 5 seconds remaining. The Lakers were able to run out the clock.

Lewis led the Lakers with 17 points and seven rebounds. Hatchett had 15 points, four assists and a blocked shot.

Boje ended the night with 12 points and Jazzmine Hall had 10 points and three steals.

Iowa Lakes (2-4) returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Minnesota West in Worthington.

Iowa Lakes 72, Sioux Falls JV 69

Iowa Lakes (72) – Ricca Soper 2 3-4 9; Samantha Boje 4 2-2 12; Hannah Downing 1 0-0 2; Shanette Stokes 0 2-2 2; Jazzmine Hall 4 2-4 10; Jade Hatchett 6 0-0 15; Jynna Coyle 3 0-0 6; Danitra Lewis 5 7-8 17

Halftime score – Sioux Fals JV 38, Iowa Lakes 33. 3-pointers – 7 (hatchett 3, Soper 2, Boje 2). Rebounds – 28 (Lewis 7) Assists – 16 (Hatchett 4). Steals – 14 (Hall 4). Blocked Shots – 1 (Hatchett). Turnovers – 17. Total Fouls – 22. Fouled Out – Boje. Technical Fouls – SF: Johnson.

Lakers vs. Minnesota West

In the first 5 minutes of the game, both teams struggled to score. The Lakers held a 6-5 lead when post player Danitra Lewis picked up her second foul at the 15:44 mark.

Shanette Stokes, who ended the game with a team-high 21 points, scored 10 of the team’s next 12 points to help the Lakes build an 18-9 advantage.

Iowa Lakes struggled to get the lead by much more than 10 until the final few minutes when Jynna Coyle hit her only basket, a 3-pointer of the game and Hannah Downing knocked down a shot. Danitra Lewis got an easy shot inside and Jade Hatchett hit a 3-pointer before half as the Lakers led 43-22 at the break.

“Jade did a nice job of penetrating the middle and making good passes to her teammates,” said Radtke.

Hatchett ended the game with a double-double as she had 18 points and 10 assists.

In the second half, the Laker lead stayed around the 20-point mark until the Lakers began to wear down the visitors. Iowa Lakes ended the game on a 13-2 run for the final tally.

Samantha Boje chipped in 12 points. Lewis had eight points and 16 of the team’s 34 rebounds.

Iowa Lakes 84, Minnesota West 45

Iowa Lakes (84) – Ricca Soper 3 1-2 7; Samantha Boje 4 4-6 13; Hannah Downing 3 0-0 7; Shanette Stokes 9 2-3 21; Jazzmine Hall 3 0-0 7; Jade Hatchett 7 3-6 18; Jynna Coyle 1 0-0 3; Danitra Lewis 3 2-7 8.

Halftime score – Iowa Lakes 43, Minnesota West 21. 3-pointers – 6 (Boje, Downing, Stokes, Hall, Hatchett, Coyle). Rebounds – 34 (Lewis 16) Assists – 16 (Hatchett 10). Steals – 20 (Hall 4, Hatchett 4). Blocked Shots – 3 (Stokes, Hatchett, Lewis). Turnovers – 14. Total Fouls – 18. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – Stokes, Lewis, Minnesota West coach.