Lake Land’s Arie Sims lays in 2 of her game-high 16 points Friday night.

By Jeremy Arzuaga

Shania Schoonover made four straight field goals, and she contributed to five steals during a 19-0 run that helped Lake Land roll past Lewis & Clark 85-51 on Friday night in the Lakers Fieldhouse.

Schoonover made a basket with 1:36 left in the opening quarter to put the Lakers ahead 15-12. Harley Barry then fed Schoonover a pass that led to another score 21 seconds later. After Barry converted two free throws, Schoonover scored once more with 9 seconds left to make it 20-12, and the route was on.

Lake Land scored 12 points in a row to begin the second quarter thanks to steals from Schoonover, Barry, Carsyn Fearday, Tresoir Newsom. Barry’s second steal led to a score by Abby Weis that made it 30-12. By this point, several players, including Schoonover, had been pulled. Two free throws by Weis capped the run – and essentially ended any serious challenge from Lewis & Clark.

Lake Land’s Carsyn Fearday makes a short jumper for 2 of her 13 points Friday night.

From 14 steals to 18 offensive rebounds, Lake Land played well on both sides of the floor.

Lakers head coach David Johnson said he admired the pressure put on by his team from half-court, which jump-started the offense.

“I thought our half-court defense got better,” Johnson said. “We turned them over 17 times in the first half. I think that was the key. We let our defense start to get our offense going.”

When asked if there was any way to improve on the 34–point victory, Johnson said: “We got to work on our ball screen defense, on communication, and when we’re switching. We have 13 new players and it shows.”

The first quarter was not kind to either teams as Lewis & Clark and Lakeland Lakers struggled to score. It took until the end of the first quarter for the Lakers to snap out of their funk and eventually go on the extended the scoring run.

“We were trying to drive, trying to get to the basket,” said Lewis and Clark head coach Jaron Young. “We have some shooters here, and they were clogging up the insides. They were playing great help side defense, so we really couldn’t drive as well in the first half.”

Trailblazers trailed by 36 at one point in the game.

Leading the way with 16 points, Arie Sims and the rest of her teammates were set up for numerous opportunities throughout the game from one another to score as four other players also ended up scoring in double-figures.

The lack of awareness on the rebound front to the lackadaisical play on the transition were the motives that held back the Trailblazers from staging a comeback, coach Young said.

“It was more their putbacks,” Young said. “We did not rebound very well defensively, they attacked the offensive glass. It was more so that, their second-chance points and their transition points. We didn’t get back very well tonight and we didn’t block out very well either.”

Lake Land next faces Lincoln Trail College at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Laker Fieldhouse.

Score by quarters

1234F
Lewis & Clark129161451
Lake Land2024202185

LAKE LAND STATISTICS

Arie Sims 6-12 4-7 16, Shania Shoonover 6-8 3-4 15, Carsyn Fearday 4-9 5-7 13, Abby Weis 3-4 5-6 11, Elizabeth Buescher 1-2 0-0 3, Tresoir Newsom 1-3 1-2 4, Lucy Smith 0-0 1-2 1, JoAnna Schultz 0-0 0-0 0, Harley Barry 2-7 3-4 7, Kamaria Grant 5-14 0-0 14, Aubrey Barker 0-2 0-0 0, Jae Lynn Riggleman 0-0 0-0 0, Jose Orris 0-1 1-2 1, Mya Tinsley 0-0 0-0 0, Baylee Breedlove 0-2 0-0 0. TEAM TOTALS 28-64 23-24 85.

ASSISTS: Newsom 7, Sims 2, Barry 2. REBOUNDS: Weis 6, Barry 6, Schoonover 5. 3-POINTERS: Gant 4, Buescher 1, Newsome 1. STEALS: Newsom 4, Fearday 3, Barry 3.