Big starts push Lakeview past Ithaca

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:43 pm on Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Lakeview’s Andrea Henry (3) is hit on the hand by Ithaca’s Lyndsey Lehman (52) as she goes up for a shot during Friday’s game.

LAKEVIEW — Thanks to a couple of big runs that opened quarters, Lakeview’s girls basketball team had a big win Friday night.

The Wildcats won their second game of the season when they beat the Ithaca Yellowjackets 55-30 Friday night in the Yellowjackets’ season-opener.

“Our overall effort for four quarters was much better than Tuesday night,” Lakeview coach Corey Kohler said.

The first big run Lakeview went on was a 12-2 run over the first 5:23 of the opening quarter.

“We came out and did some full-court pressure to make sure we came out in the right frame of mind knowing we had to move, and I think that got us off to a good start,” Kohler said.

That led to a 21-7 first quarter in the Wildcats’ favor, but then the second quarter was all Lakeview, as they pressured Ithaca into many turnovers and just a Jessica Wenzel field goal and a Madison Riley free throw in the entire eight minutes.

“We overwhelmed them (Ithaca) a little bit,” Kohler said. “They’re a little young at the guard spot, and we took advantage of that throughout the game.”

During the first half the Wildcats lost Maddie Shurlow to a right ankle injury after making her only field goal of the game. That didn’t help Lakeview, Kohler noted.

“We’re not real deep, and I had a guard go down with an injury,” he said. “That hurt our depth a little bit.”

The Yellowjackets came out of the locker room and went on an 11-2 run over the first 5:39 of the third quarter to shave the lead down to 35-21.

“In games you’re going to have those ugly stretches,” Kohler said. “It wasn’t that we weren’t playing hard, we just weren’t playing smart at the time. I let the kids work through it. I thought about calling a timeout, but they’re young. They have to learn some of that stuff on their own.”

Lakeview finished the rest of the quarter on an 8-0 run for a 43-21 lead.

“I think they just kept working,” Kohler said. “Usually when you do that good things will happen and over time things will end up being in your favor.”

Liz Nielsen led the Wildcats with 14 points, Megan Leach added 13 and Andrea Henry scored 10.

Riley and Wenzel were tops on the Yellowjackets with 11 each.

“We played hard and we ran the floor well, and that’s what we do,” Kohler said. “We’re not a big team, and we have to have all five kids working hard to be successful and we did that (Friday night).”

Lakeview will play again Tuesday when they go to Montabella to face the Mustangs.

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