The Lake Land College women’s basketball team got off to a slow start on Saturday afternoon but eventually found its momentum to defeat host Danville, 59-53.
Lake Land improved to 11-1, and Danville fell to 2-7.
The Lakers trailed 10-6 after a first quarter in which they made roughy one-third of their shots.
Behind 16-8 in the second quarter, Lake Land held the Jaguars to one field goal over the final eight minutes of the half in a 13-2 run to take a 21-18 lead.
For the half, the Lakers shot 38% from the field, while DACC shot 36%. They teams combined to go 1-13 from three, while the Lakers added four points from the free-throw line (4-8). DACC did not attempt a free-throw in the half. The teams also combined for 33 turnovers.
The Lakers hit back-to-back 3-pointers by Arie Sims and Carsyn Fearday to extend the lead to 27-20 with 8:20 to go. Danville would score to cut it back to five but this would be as close as it would get in the third.
The Lakers then went on another run, 17-6 over the next 8:20, to increase their lead to 44-28 entering the final quarter.
Lake Land went scoreless for the first 3:08 of the fourth quarter before an Elizabeth Buescher layup made it 46-31 with 6:32 remaining. The lead would grow to as much as 17 before a late push by DACC.
Fearday scored 17 points, and Buescher added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Buescher tied for the lead with five rebounds.
In the second half, the Lakers shot 44% while the Jags converted 42%. Both teams struggled from the free-throw line for the half, with Lake Land going 11-23 and DACC hitting 6-13.
The Lakers shot 42% overall compared to the Jaguars’ 39%. The teams combined to go 7-29 for 3-pointers.
Danville won the boards with a 38-34 advantage, including 11 offensive rebounds. Danville turned it over 28 times to Lake Land’s 25.