QUINCY — The Lake Land women's basketball team won its 11th straight game using strong second and third quarters in a 62-56 victory over John Wood Community College Saturday in a Region 24 game.
The Lake Land men were outscored by the Trail Blazers by 10 in the second half in a 94-84 loss.
Lake Land women
Lake Land outscored John Wood 38-18 in the middle two quarters to help them to the 6-point win as they improved to 14-2.
"We played well in the second and third quarters," said Lake land coach Dave Johnson. "In the first and fourth quarters, we were bad. Luckily we played well enough to build up a big lead. We played poorly both offensively and defensively in the first and fourth quarters."
Mattoon graduate Avery Jackson led the Lakers with 21 points, while Katrina Christian had 15. Zyah Burnett was tops in rebounds with 11, while Arie Sims and Charleston grad Aislinn Parish had four assists each. Christian and Burnett made five of six free throws to seal the win.
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"It was a good win against a team that is 9-6 and an important one as we got a half point in the region for winning on the road," said Johnson. "We have one more to go against Illinois Central College on Jan. 19."
The Lady Lakers, the No. 13 team in the nation in the NJCAA Division II, is to play host to Wabash Valley, the No. 7 team in the NJCAA Division I at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wabash has not played since Dec. 12 and is 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Lady Lakers are 4-1 in the GRAC.
Lake Land men
In the first game of the 2019 portion of the schedule at the Student Activities Center, Lake Land and John Wood were tied at 47 at the half. The Lakers trailed 75-62 with 7:33 left in the game and battled back to within two, 82-80, on a steal and layup by Ty Waller with 1:52 left. The Trail Blazers outscored the Lakers 12-4 down the stretch, including making 11-of-12 free throws in the final 40.4 seconds.
Waller came off the bench to lead the Lakers with 18 points, while Denis Alibegovic had 14, Josh Brewer 13 and Tromon Weston 10 for the 4-9 Lakers. Weston, a 6-8 sophomore, finished with a double-double with 15 rebounds. Tra Landers was tops in assists with four.
Lake Land, 0-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, tries to snap a three-game losing streak as it is to play host to Wabash Valley, a team that is 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the GRAC at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.