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Big second quarter leads to Lake Land win

MATTOON — Kaskaskia College was able to dictate the pace in the first quarter against the Lake Land women's basketball team on Saturday. The slow pace helped give Kaskaskia a 9-7 lead.

Lake Land dictated the pace in the second quarter, pressing Kaskaskia and playing at a faster tempo. That led to Lake Land outscoring Kaskaskia 25-9 in the second quarter and taking a 32-18 halftime lead. Lake Land then held Kaskaskia to 18 points in the second half, and the Lady Lakers won their fourth straight game with a 61-36 victory over Kaskaskia.

"We played well in the second quarter after a very subpar first quarter. We let them dictate everything in the first quarter, and then in the second quarter, we pressured them and got out better offensively," Lake Land coach Dave Johnson said. "The third quarter we got back to letting them dictate the pace of the game. Sometimes we were too lax in just keeping the tempo where we want it."

Lake Land improved to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Lady Lakers host Lincoln Land, which is 8-0, in a key Region 24 home game at 5 p.m. at Laker Fieldhouse.

"We have to improve because we have a big game on Wednesday night because Lincoln Land comes in at 8-0," Johnson said. "It's a big Region game."

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Avery Jackson led Lake Land with 15 points. Katrina Christian followed with 13 points and Haley Gregg added 12 points. Jackson dished out four assists. Zyah Burnett grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jamie Sandschafer had seven rebounds.

Lake Land men can't slow down Kaskaskia

MATTOON — The Lake Land men's basketball team put up 47 points in each half against Kaskaskia on Saturday. But the Lakers couldn't get enough stops on the other end as Kaskaskia shot 61.3 percent in the game and made 22 free throws. Kaskaskia beat Lake Land 104-94.

Lake Land fell to 2-6 on the season and 0-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Lake Land hosts Lincoln Land at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Kaskaskia is 10-1 on the season.

Josh Brewer and Allante Harper each had 15 points off the bench. Brewer grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Adam Price scored 13 points and was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Scott McGann and Jani Griffith each had 11 points for Lake Land. Hunter White had 9 points and six rebounds.

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