MATTOON — Rebounding hurt the Lake Land women’s basketball team on both ends against Lewis & Clark on Saturday.
Even though Lake Land only shot only 38.5 percent in the game, Lewis & Clark only had two more shots than Lake Land and didn’t shoot a whole lot better than the Lady Lakers.
But the Trailblazers turned 18 offensive rebounds into a number of second-chance points. The 18 offensive boards were only three less than Lake Land had in the game, and the Lady Lakers only had five offensive boards.
The extra opportunities helped Lewis & Clark defeat Lake Land by double digits 75-58 on Saturday.
“The rebounding is twofold, because when you are not getting rebounds on the defensive end, you are obviously giving up more opportunities for the team to score,” Lake Land coach Dave Johnson said. “When you aren’t getting rebounds on the offensive end, you have to make your first shot. You don’t have to shoot it that well when you are getting that many offensive rebounds.”
Lake Land fell to 5-4 overall with the loss.
The Lady Lakers couldn’t get many shots to fall from behind the arc, as the Lady Lakers were 3-of-18 from the 3-point range. Jaycie Roy had all three 3-pointers.
It was a trend that continued from Lake Land’s game against Wabash Valley on Wednesday.
“Everyone understands, we have to shoot the 3 better than we are shooting,” Johnson said. “We are 3-of-18 (Saturday), 7-for-28 Wednesday, so for the week, 10-for-46. We probably took 130 shots in those games, but 46 shots is a significant percentage.”
Lewis & Clark scored the first four points of the game when Aislinn Parish started a 6-0 run for Lake Land with a layup. Avery Jackson and Roy added back-to-back layups to put the Lady Lakers up 6-4.
But that was the most consistent offense Lake Land could muster in the first half, and the Trailblazers took advantage right away with a 13-0 run to take a 17-6 lead.
Lake Land got a 3-pointer from Roy, but Lewis & Clark still went into the second quarter with a 22-9 lead.
The Trailblazers went up 30-12 when Parish made a free throw and Jackson had back-to-back steals and scores to get Lake Land within 30-17 with 5:04 left in the half.
Lake Land couldn’t cut the lead down any more before the half as Lewis & Clark stayed up 39-25.
“They distributed the ball well and didn’t score a single point behind the 3-point line,” Johnson said. “They probably didn’t score very many points outside 12 feet, so we have to shore that up as well.”
The Lady Lakers had a good start to the third quarter. Roy hit a 3 and a jumper, and Jackson and Koty Crowder had back-to-back layups as Lake Land cut the lead to under double digits for the first time since the 1:57 mark of the first quarter. The 9-4 run made it 43-34, but the Lady Lakers suffered another offensive drought in the final 4 minutes of the quarter. Lewis & Clark went on a 14-2 run to go into the fourth quarter with a 60-38 lead.
“We missed a few layups, but our problem is when we get behind, we try and score 14 points in a minute and then we rush things at times,” Johnson said. “We don’t make the other team play any half-court defense. When you are doing that, you are feeding into that acceleration of the game that the other team wants.”
Lake Land cut into the lead again right away in the fourth quarter. Crowder had back-to-back buckets and then Roy scored. Crowder added another bucket and Jamie Sandschaefer hit a jumper to make it 62-48, but the Lady Lakers couldn’t cut into the lead anymore as Lewis & Clark went on to win 75-58.
“Just keep working and trying,” Johnson said. “That’s the life with eight freshmen on the team. They are learning.”
Lake Land is back at home on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against Lincoln Land.