Carsyn Fearday scored 18, and both Arie Sims and Abby Weis added 16 points, to lead Lake Land women’s basketball to a 66-63 victory over Triton College in River Grove.
Lake Land’s men, meanwhile, relied on its defense to once again expand a marginal halftime lead and hold on for a win over Kennedy King College, 87-80, at the Laker Fieldhouse.
The Lakers women, who led 33-27 at halftime, also extended their lead into double-digits at the outset of the second half. They fended off a late rally to secure the three-point margin. Elizabeth Buescher of Charleston made two 3-pointers for Lake Land, which converted 17 of 26 free-throw attempts.
In the men’s game, Lake Land (2-1) built on its 41-38 halftime lead at the start of the second half, expanding it to 20 points with 8 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game. The Statesmen made one last run, getting the game to as close as six with less than a minute remaining.
Freshman Jevon Morris scored a team-high 21 points, making four of six 3-pointers, and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore Adam Price added 19 points and eight assists while Kyran Gaines scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Teutopolis native Clint Weber scored a career-high 10.
“I was happy with our effort in the second half, especially the boost that Nick (Cohorst) and Clint (Weber) gave us inside,” said Lake Land men’s coach Brandon Colvin. “Both played well in the first half and carried over that same energy to the second half. We still have some things to fix such as free-throws and rebounding, but it was good to get the win.”
Latrell Williams scored 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for Kennedy King.