Havilyn Dulin hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to enable No. 4 Lincoln Land to slip past No. 16 Lake Land, 66-65, in women’s basketball Saturday.
Lake Land (15-2) led by as much as nine midway through the fourth quarter before the Loggers went on a run to get within one point with 3:56 remaining. The Lakers maintained the lead between one and four points for nearly four minutes.
With 11 seconds left, Lincoln Land got the ball to its leading scorer, Katryel Clark, whose shot rolled off. Dulin came up with the loose ball, dribbled backward and hit the game-winning 3-pointer.
The Lakers had built on a 34-25 halftime lead, going up 14 early in the third quarter. Lincoln Land (15-1) then turned up the defense, holding the Lakers to just 15 points in the quarter to close the gap to 47-44.
The first half saw two very different quarters.
In the first, the Lakers fell behind early, trailing 17-12 midway before closing the gap to 19-16.
In the second quarter, the Lakers defense tightened up and the Loggers got ice cold as LLCC was forced to shoot deeper than they would have liked and went 1-11 from 3-point range. They managed only six points in the quarter.
Arie Sims scored seven points in the quarter.
A big story in this game was the difference in fouls. Lincoln Land had nine fouls called against it, six more than Lake Land. This resulted in the Loggers making 13 of 19 free throws compared to four-of-eight for the Lakers.
Carsyn Fearday scored a game-high 24 points, the only Laker in double-figures.
Clark led the way for Lincoln Land with 18 points.
The Lakers are next in action on Wednesday when they play host to Kaskaskia College at 5:30 p.m. in Laker Fieldhouse.