MATTOON — Lake Land women’s basketball coach Dave Johnson didn’t how his team prepared for its game against Southeastern Illinois College. The Falcons came into the game with a 5-9 record overall and had lost their last five games.
The Lady Lakers didn’t take the Falcons seriously, though. Lake Land only led the five-win Falcons for about 5 1/2 minutes, and that was at the very beginning of the game.
By halftime Lake Land was down by double digits, and even though the Lady Lakers cut the Southeastern lead to under double digits, they failed to take the lead again as the Falcons went on to win 58-51.
“The sign of maturity is come prepared and treat every day with a lot of effort and a lot of respect,” Johnson said. “We didn’t do that, and that’s what you get. When you don’t treat the game with respect, you should lose and we should’ve lost tonight. We didn’t prepare for it, so that’s what happens.”
Lake Land fell to 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Johnson knows he has a young team this season, but he’s not putting the loss on youthful mistakes.
“How many times do you have to lose to teams that don’t have .500 records. It’s happened more than once, so I don’t know,” Johnson said. “We have to quit being arrogant.”
Johnson added that the team has to start getting better.
“You can’t come to college thinking that you are already where you need to be. You have to get better,” Johnson said. “People are getting better. Teams are getting better, and you have to look at that and you have to stop fighting getting better.”
Lake Land had an 8-6 lead after a Koty Crowder 3-pointer with 4:48 left in the first quarter. The Lady Lakers didn’t score again in the quarter as Southeastern went on an 11-0 run to take a 17-8 lead going into the second.
Lake Land’s offense woke up for a little bit, and the Lady Lakers went on a 7-0 run to cut Southeastern’s lead to 19-15.
But Lake Land only scored 1 more point in the final 7 minutes of the quarter. Southeastern outscored Lake Land, which only shot 18.5 percent in the first half, 12-1 in the final 7 minutes to go into halftime with a 31-16 lead.
Lake Land made it a 6-point game with 5:02 left in the third quarter when Jamie Sandschafer scored 10 points to make it 34-28. But Lake Land only scored 2 more points in the quarter.
“I thought she gave us what we needed offensively in that third quarter to get us going, but other people need to do that, too,” Johnson said.
Plus with 4:35 left, Crowder got into a collision with a Southeastern player, and both players didn’t return. The Lady Lakers were already without guard Aislinn Parish, who is out with an injury.
“When you take away those two, you take away a lot, but it’s always an opportunity for others to step up,” Johnson said. “Everyone wants to play, but when you get that opportunity, what do you do with it?”
Lake Land had one run left. Jaycie Roy hit a 3-pointer during a 9-2 run to make it 50-45 with 2:38 left, but Southeastern made enough free throws and held on for the 58-51 win.