Laker women earn tough victories

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The Iowa Lakes women moved up the league standings with wins over DMACC and Ellsworth last week.

The Lakers surged past DMACC in the fourth quarter to win 73-66 over the Bears on Wednesday. Iowa Lakes trailed 17-15 after one quarter, 36-34, at halftime and 51-48 entering the final period.

Iowa Lakes proved more efficient on offense, shooting nearly 53 percent (29-of-55) from the floor including 40 percent (6-of-15) from 3-point range.

Shareece Smith led Iowa Lakes with 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Breanna Wendland had 15 points and nine boards while Safiyer Coleman chipped in 15 points while shooting 6-of-8 from the floor.

Tyler Pacheco chipped in eight points, Bethany Rehse had seven, Shanice Vaughn had five, Tejah Hayden had four, Destiny Broussard had two and Brianna O'Donnell had one.

In Saturday's 49-43 win over Ellsworth, Iowa Lakes jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead and led 26-16 at the break. The Panthers' rally began in the third quarter as they cut the deficit to 34-32 to start the final frame. Ellsworth was tied with the Lakers at 42-42 late in the game, but the home team made the plays to pull out the win.

Coleman led Iowa Lakes with 19 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, four assists and a blocked shot. Rehse and Imani Hollie Jones each had eight, Hayden had five, Pacheco had four, Vaughn and Broussard each had two and O'Donnell had one. Broussard had nine boards and Rehse had eight.

Iowa Lakes (13-6 overall, 4-3 in conference play) travels to Winnebago, Neb., to take on Little Priest Tribal College on Wednesday.

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