MATTOON — The Lake Land women's basketball team won its ninth and 10th straight games over the weekend and in the process won its won holiday classic at Laker Fieldhouse. The Lady Lakers, the No. 13 team in the nation, downed Kankakee Community College 88-56 Saturday and cruised to a 74-27 win over Prairie State Sunday.
It is believed to be the first time since the 2001 team won 10 straight en route to a 29-7 ninth-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
"We shot 62-of-113 (.549) from the field in the two games, including 20-of-47 (.426) on 3-pointers," said Lake Land coach Dave Johnson. "We shot well both days and played well in the third quarter in both games. We really came out and played well after halftime in both games."
Lake Land led Kankakee 20-16 after one and 41-33 at the half before outscoring the Cavaliers 20-11 in the third to lead by 17. The Lady Lakers extended the margin to 32 points.
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Mattoon graduate Avery Jackson had 23 points, while Haley Gregg had 14, Jamie Sandschafer 15 and Arie Sims was also in double digits with 11. Jackson and Gabrielle Staub had six rebounds each, while Charleston grad Aislinn Parish had six assists.
Against Prairie State, a school located in Chicago Heights, Lake Land led 31-9 at the half before outscoring the Lady Pioneers 33-5 for a 64-14 advantage.
Parish had 19, while Jackson had 12. Katrina Christian had 12 points. Jackson and Sims had eight assists, while Jackson led in rebounds with seven.
"We had four players in double figures against Kankakee and today we had five players with eight or more," said Johnson. "We are doing a good job of distributing the ball. We had 44 assists, so our basketball movement was really good."
Lake Land, 13-2, is to travel to Quincy to face John Wood at 1 p.m. Saturday in a region game.
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