Lake Land women have big second quarter in win

BELLEVILLE — After one quarter, the Lake Land women's basketball team was tied with Southwestern Illinois College at 21. Lake Land's defense picked up in the second quarter, and the offense didn't let up. Lake Land hit six 3-pointers in the second quarter and held SWIC to 10 points as the Lady Lakers went into halftime with a 45-31 lead.

Lake Land never let SWIC back in it and picked up an 80-63 win to improve to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. SWIC fell to 6-14 overall and 4-8 in the GRAC.

"I thought the critical quarter was the second. We were tied at 21 and didn't do a good job defensively. We had a good quarter defensively and didn't give up a single offensive rebound in the second, and we hit six 3-pointers," Lake Land coach Dave Johnson said. "We were able to push it open and then build on it a little bit."

Avery Jackson and Koty Crowder each scored 19 points for Lake Land, and Jaycie Roy had 18 points.

"Three girls scoring 19, 19 and 18, that's hard to guard when you have three perimeter kids scoring that many points," Johnson said.

Gabby Staub had 11 rebounds, Jackson added six assists and three steals, and Crowder had five assists. Roy had 10 rebounds and three steals for her second straight double-double. She hit six 3-pointers in the game.

"We are happy to see that with her. She's growing as a player," Johnson said. "She can really stretch you out with her height and her ability to shoot the three. I would like to see her drive more, but we are getting a few out of her and that keeps the defense in check."

Lake Land hosts Lincoln Trail at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Lake Land offense comes through for two late wins

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Lake Land baseball team started the season with two dramatic wins. The Lakers scored three runs in the seventh inning to pick up a 3-1 season-opening win over Roane State on Friday. Then Lake Land scored two runs in the seventh in the second game to pick up another 3-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

Saturday's game against Roane State was rained out.

In the first game, Parker Nolan went six innings for the win. He struck out five, walked one, gave up four hits and one unearned run. Ben Sweeney pitched an inning for the save. He struck out one and walked one.

Down 1-0 going into the top of the seventh, Garrett Brachbill doubled with one out on a 2-2 pitch, which was seven pitches deep because of a few foul balls. Mitchell Shaw walked and both advanced on a double steal. With the infield in, Anthony Morales singled over the third baseman to score both runners for a 2-1 lead. Then Bryan Melendez doubled to left to score Morales as Lake Land went on to win 3-1.

"Offensively, I was never concerned. I have confidence that this group will hit, and I've thought that since the fall," Lake Land coach Bill Jackson said. "I was really impressed with our defense and pitching. We only had one error on the day. Two sophomores, Parker and Ben, stepped up on the mound. Parker has been through the grind and he came out and did what he does. He grinded and had a quality outing.

"Ben had a tough freshman year and pitched better this fall. To see Ben's confidence come back and to see him throw the slider the way he has, it was a great thing to see on Saturday."

Lake Land was down 1-0 after five innings in the second game when the Lakers tied it in the sixth. Brady Sutton singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a passed ball. Kevin Reyes singled to score Sutton and tied the game.

Then in the seventh inning, Nic Hutchinson singled up the middle, and Brachbill followed with a single. Then Bradley Wolfe hit a bases-clearing double to score both for a 3-1 lead.

Brady Cappe went 6 1/3 innings for the win. He struck out 12, walked three and gave up three hits and a run. Devon Still got the save after pitching 2/3 of an inning. He came in with the bases loaded and got a ground out to third and a fly out to Melendez in center field.

"I thought that was going to be a bases-clearing double and he got to it," Jackson said. "It was a well-pitched game. A quality start and two sophomores that came up big. Devon came in during a tough situation and did what he needed to. We pieced together the runs when we needed to."

Lake Land men fall to Southwestern Illinois

BELLEVILLE — The Lake Land men's basketball team fell behind 46-35 at halftime and couldn't make up ground in a 102-87 loss to Southwestern Illinois College on Saturday. Lake Land fell to 14-9 overall and 8-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Josh Jefferson led Lake Land with 27 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Kevin Williams scored 16 points and had three blocks, and Josh Robinson had a double-double with 12 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Sean Kromah had 15 points and six rebounds off the bench and Dazon Farris had nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tromon Weston had six rebounds.

Lake Land hosts Indiana Elite at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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