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Laker women battle NDSCS, but fall short

By Staff | Nov 27, 2016

While Iowa Lakes coach Ashley Martin got the effort from her team that she wanted, the basketball just wouldn’t fall often enough to defeat North Dakota State College of Science on Saturday. The visitors left town with a 63-51 victory.

“We fought better than we did against Grandview,” said Martin in reference to Monday’s loss to that schools junior varsity. “Overall, I am very proud of our effort tonight. We competed hard for 40 minutes and got better today. NDSCS is a very good team. I thought we had a great effort on the defensive end. Even with their run in the third quarter we held them below their season average of 74 points per game.

The Lakers trailed 19-11 after one quarter and 31-21 at halftime. Twice they cut the lead to seven points early in the third quarter before the visitors went on a run to lead 51-34 to start the final frame. Iowa Lakes fought hard in the fourth quarter finishing the game on a 17-12 run.

“We have a chance to be a good team if we keep working hard and getting better every day,” said Martin.

Mia Wassink was the only Laker to reach double digits as she finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

“Mia has a lot of potential,” said Martin. “She did an excellent job of rebounding, she just needs to finish around the basket a little better.”

Lemia Ntor-Ue scored eight points, Jackie Petrich had seven, Lauryn Smith and Jazmin Benally each had six, Alicia Ibarra had five, Bailey Trickel and Marissa Ruiz each had three and Gabi Garcia had two.

Iowa Lakes (4-3 overall) is home on Tuesday, Nov. 29 against South Australia for a 5:30 p.m. tip.