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HARRISBURG — Both the Lake Land men's and women's basketball teams picked up Great Rivers Athletic Conference victories Saturday at Southeastern Illinois. The men won 87-70, while the women won 55-48. 


Josh Jefferson and Josh Robinson, along with Davis Johnson, a Mattoon graduate, led Lake Land in scoring with 15, 14 and 10 points, respectively. Jefferson had 10 in the first half, while Johnson had 8. Robinson had 12 in the first half. 


The Lady Lakers used a strong first quarter as they outscored Southeastern 16-2 to help them to victory. 

Mattoon graduate Avery Jackson had a team-high 16 points, while Charleston graduate Dakota Crowder had 15 points and Jamie Sandschafer had 13. 

"Both offensively and defensively, we had a really strong first quarter," said Lake Land coach Dave Johnson. "In the second quarter, we struggled on both sides. It was a solid second half all the way round."

Gabrielle Staub led Lake Land in rebounds with 15, while Charleston grad Aislinn Parish and Jackson had three assists each. 

"Southeastern is the type of team that takes a lot of time off the shot clock, like 20-25 seconds each possession," said Johnson. "I thought we handled that really well. We did a good job on defense too. We didn't give up a lot of second-chance opportunities. We had good balance with Jamie (Sandschafer), Avery (Jackson) and Dakota (Crowder), and that is good for our offense."

The Lake Land men, 17-11 overall and 10-7 in the GRAC, are to play host to Vincennes University, the No. 4 team in the nation, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while the Lady Lakers, 19-9 overall and 11-6 in the GRAC, are to travel to East Peoria to play Illinois Central College in a non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

The men lost to Vincennes 100-61 on Jan. 20.

Lake Land softball splits with Volunteer State

GALLATIN, Tenn. — The Lake Land softball team split a doubleheader Sunday with Volunteer State Community College. The Lady Lakers lost the first game 8-4 but bounced back to win the second contest 10-0. 

In the victory, Lake Land stuck for two runs in the first when Haylee Short doubled to left and scored on a single by Allie Helton. Helton scored on a double to right by McKenzie Sullivan. The Lady Lakers took control in the second inning when they scored seven runs, including two on a home run by Hope Collier. 

Samantha Forrest was the winning pitcher, going to 1-0. Offensively for Lake Land, Helton was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. and Sullivan was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. 

Lake Land fell behind 2-1 in the first game and trailed 4-1 when Alina Lance smacked a three-run homer to tie the game. Volunteer State regained the lead with two unearned runs in the fourth and went on to win by four. 

Sydney Rawlings suffered the loss. She is 1-1. 

The Lady Lakers, 8-9, are to play their home opener Thursday against Lincoln Trail College at 2 p.m.

Lake Land baseball splits

The Lake Land baseball team fell to Southeastern Iowa 4-1, but they picked up a win in an 8-1 triumph over Highland. 

In the victory, Brady Cappe was the winning pitcher with 12 strikeouts, while the offense was led by Anthony Morales-Dueno with three hits and three runs batted in. Former WSS player Nic Hutchinson had a hit with two RBIs, and Shelbyville grad Garrett Brachbill had two triples. 

Lake Land is to host Highland in its home opener March 4 at noon. 


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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