By Oscar Rzodkiewicz
Lake Land College (4-0) went on a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s matchup at Laker Fieldhouse against Lincoln Trail (4-1) to secure the 56-42 win.
The Lakers entered the final period with a three-point advantage, but two quick scores from Abby Weis, including a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, extended the lead before the Lady Statesmen failed to score for the final five minutes.
Lake Land head coach David Johnson said the late effort came from the help of fresh legs and focus.
“I think our depth, being able to play as many kids as we play, makes us a little fresher in the fourth quarter,” Johnson said. “I thought we really worked hard to get over screens, and we communicated well.”
Lincoln Trail used multiple defensive looks throughout the game, beginning mainly with a 2-3 zone that forced quick perimeter passing from the Lakers, before mixing in some man-to-man options as well throughout.
Lake Land had scored 85 points in its previous two games, and Lincoln Trail coach Scott Sparks said the defensive effort from his team was strong but the overall performance down the stretch did not suffice.
“It’s like I told the girls, we just didn’t come down and execute,” Sparks said. “We tried to hit the home run, and that never works especially late in the game like that, you know, that’s when you really have to execute and run your stuff and stick to your guns.”
The Lady Statesmen trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter before Jaylynn Brown rattled off eight straight points with a long two-point field goal near the elbow and two 3-pointers to cap off a 12-0 run to give Lincoln Trail the lead with just over one minute remaining in the period.
Lake Land came largely from the outside shooting of sophomore Baylee Breedlove who opened the third quarter with two 3-pointers of her own.
Carsyn Fearday, who led all scorers with nine first-half points on 4-for-5 shooting, said the team was dedicated to putting in maximum effort throughout.
“We talk about winning every quarter,” Fearday said, “so knowing that, we had to maintain our lead there in the fourth, and then just keep putting our foot on the pedal.”
Lake Land hits the road to take on John Wood College at 8 p.m. on Friday.