MOUNT CARMEL — Both the Lake Land men's and women's basketball teams dropped Great Rivers Athletic Conference games to Wabash Valley College Saturday. The women lost 95-46, while the men lost in overtime 102-101 at the James S. Spencer Sportscenter. 

In the men's game, Lake Land trailed 51-44 at the half before sending the game into overtime at 99. The Lakers never led by more than 3, while they battled back from an 18-point first half deficit. The game had nine lead changes. 

Wabash Valley outscored Lake land 70-48 inside the paint and had 18 second-chance points to the Lakers' 7. The Warriors outrebounded Lake Land 46-29. 

Josh Jefferson led all players with 38 points for the Lakers, while Josh Robinson had 20 and Tra Landers had 18. Jefferson had a team-high six rebounds, while Landers had three assists and three steals. 

Lake Land nipped Wabash Valley 92-91 on Nov. 29. 

In the women's game, Wabash Valley, who improved to 19-2 overall and 10-0 in the GRAC, led 26-12 after the first quarter and 50-27 at the half. 

"They just came out strong," said Lake lane women's coach Dave Johnson. "Their 6-4 player (Ruby Angok) hurt us early in the game, and we just didn't have an answer. Gabby Staub was sick and did not play, and we were trying to rotate, but we didn't have anyone that  could guard her one-on-one."

Angok finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Warriors. 

"In the second half, we had trouble with turnovers," said Johnson. The Lady Lakers finished with 27 turnovers for the game. "They shot the ball well (58 percent) and we didn't (32 percent), and they kind of magnified the difference."

Lake Land, 14-8 overall and 6-5 in the GRAC, was led by Mattoon graduate Avery Jackson, who had 18 points and four rebounds to lead the way. Dakota Crowder, Charleston grad had 13 points, while Jamie Sandschafer had 11.

"Avery Jackson played a good game," said Johnson. "She scored in a variety of ways, and she was able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line." She was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Both teams are to play host to Kaskaskia College Wednesday with the women's game to start at 5:30 and the men's contest at 7:30 p.m. in GRAC action. 

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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