MATTOON — The Lake Land College Lady Lakers used a 14-0 run to start the game on the way to a 93-36 win over the JV Lady Lynx of Lindenwood University – Belleville.
Sophomores Callie Williams and Dakota Crowder led the way early, scoring all 14 of the points to start the game, with Crowder getting eight. The Lady Lynx responded, going on a mini-run of 11-5 to cut the lead to 19-11 midway through the first quarter. Lake Land regained control the rest of the quarter, outscoring Lindenwood 9-4 the rest of the way to give the Lady Lakers a 26-13 lead after one quarter. Crowder scored 11 in the first.
Both teams came out slowly in the second quarter; after trading baskets to start the quarter, neither team hit a shot over the next two minutes. Holding a 30-15 lead, the Lady Lakers once again went on a run, 14-3, to blow the game open. Following the run, the Lady Lakers held their biggest lead of the half, 44-18. The Lady Lynx managed to cut the lead to 20 at halftime on the strength of a 6-0 streak to end the half.
For the first half, Lake Land College shot 14-39 (36%) overall and 10-27 from beyond the arc. Lindenwood shot 7-29 (24%) for the half. The Lady Lakers outrebounded the Lady Lynx 28-16, including 10-2 on the offensive glass. Both teams struggled with turnovers, with Lake Land having 10 and Lindenwood nine.
In the second half, the Lady Lakers took control, outscoring Lindenwood 29-3 to start the third quarter, putting the game out of reach at 73-27. For the third quarter, Lake Land outscored Lindenwood 29-5. The fourth quarter was much of the same story, with the Lakers outscoring the Lynx 16-2 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 89-31.
“I thought we came out strong to start the game and to start the second half, and I thought we came out better defensively in the second half,” Lake Land head coach Dave Johnson said on their first game.
The Lady Lakers shot 40% overall from the field, including 16-43 from three-point range (37%). They also hit 19-23 from the charity stripe. The Lady Lynx shot 19% overall, including 1-16 from three-point range. They were also 11-22 from the line. Lake Land outrebounded Lindenwood 55-36, including 16 offensive rebounds. Lindenwood was also forced into 19 turnovers.
The starting backcourt of Crowder and Mattoon native Avery Jackson led the way combining for 39 points, with Crowder getting 20 points and Jackson 19 points. Crowder also grabbed nine rebounds and gave out four assists. Jackson led the team with three steals and dished out four assists. Mattoon native Mariah Spurgeon was the only other Lady Laker in double figures with 14 points. Zyah Burnett and Gabrielle Staub combined for 17 rebounds from the front court. Six of Burnett's were on the offensive end. Seriah Bolden led the way for the visitors with 13 points and seven rebounds.
“Overall, I thought we did some good things on both sides of the ball for our first came,” Johnson said.
Lake Land is 1-0 on the year, and they return to action when they travel to Centralia on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. start against Kaskaskia College.