No. 6 Lake Land picked up another easy win Wednesday night after a first-half offensive explosion against visiting Olney Central, 70-53.
The Lakers (21-2, 10-1 in GRAC) took a lead early they never relinquished in winning a 10th straight game at home.
Olney Central fell to 11-10, 6-5.
It took more than three minutes for the Lakers’ defense to surrender an Olney Central basket. A few minutes later, Arie Sims converted an old-fashioned three-point play – making a basket and making a free throw after being fouled on the shot – that made the score 11-6. Harley Barry scored the Lakers’ last seven points of the opening quarter to give her team a 19-10 lead.
In the second quarter, Lake Land’s offense looked unstoppable. Kamaria Gant scored the Lakers’ first 10 points of the quarter, leading her team to a 29-17 lead.
Gant’s 3-pointer at the seven-minute mark then triggered an 11-0 run, resulting in a 20-point lead for the Lakers with just over five minutes to go in the half, 37-17.
Led by Gant’s 13 first-half points, the Lakers went into halftime with a 46-25 lead. The Lakers made 6-of-8 shots from beyond the arc, shooting 63% from the field overall during the first 20 minutes.
The Lakers offense cooled off significantly in the third quarter. And Olney Central scored the first seven points of the half. Lake Land did not score for the first four minutes until Gant scored off a pass from Sims.
The Lakers ultimately retained a 20-point lead through three quarters.
An Abby Weis three got things going in the fourth for Lake Land, easing thoughts of a comeback. From there, the closest the Lady Knights could get to the Lakers was 15 points. Olney Central outscored Lake Land 28-24 in the second half.
“We had a letdown really right before the half,” Lakers coach Dave Johnson said. “We let them (Olney Central) score the last four points of the second quarter and that kind of carried over into the third quarter. In the second half, we just didn’t come out with the same drive. I think we thought the game was over.”
The Lakers held Olney to 39% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers.
“Consistent defense helped us,” Johnson said. “I think offensively we were really good in the second quarter. I was really pleased with the first half.”
Coach Johnson said he was pleased with his bench, especially scoring by Gant and Barry and rebounding by Elizabeth Buescher. Gant scored a team-high 16 points and Barry chipped in nine.
Sims scored 14 and Weis had 12.
The Lakers play host to Shawnee at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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