LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings girls basketball teams spent a majority of Tuesday night at the free throw line.
The two teams combined for 47 fouls, 58 free throws and plenty of turnovers in Lakeview’s 40-28 nonconference victory over the Vikings at Cook Gymnasium.
“Defensively, we are pretty strong and aggressive,” Lakeview coach Corey Kohler said. “Offensively, we are not willing to attack and that is something we have to work on over the break.”
The Wildcats’ defense held the Vikings to just one second half field goal and 13 free throw attempts.
Tri County was down 17-10 midway through the first quarter before battling back with eight points by Geneva Keech to trail just 21-19 at halftime.
Lakeview’s defense and turnovers were too much for the Vikings to overcome in the second half.
“We turned it over way too much and we didn’t get scoring from some sources that we have been,” Tri County coach Wes Zerlaut said.
Keech scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half.
“I thought Geneva Keech played an outstanding first half, but struggled to score in the second half,” Zerlaut said. “No one else was able to pick it up.”
The key for Lakeview was shutting down the middle of the court defensively.
“We pressured really well,” Kohler said. “I thought in the second half we did a much better job of taking the middle of the court away. The were hurting us in the first half near the free throw line.”
Despite scoring just nine points in the second half the Vikings were down just four points with 4:16 remaining in the game at 30-26.
“They (Tri County) sat in that zone all night long and we didn’t attack any seams,” Kohler said. “We moved the ball well at times, but we have to get in attack mode to score. We will get it figured out.”
The Wildcats finished the game with a 10-2 run to seal the win.
“Credit Lakeview, I thought they did some real nice things tonight,” Zerlaut said. “They made shots when they had to and defensively forced us into too many turnovers.”
Lakeview was led by Liz Nielsen with 15 points. Andrea Henry added eight points while Megan Leach added seven points.
Tri County fell to 1-5 overall. They return to action on Jan. 6 against Grant.
Lakeview improved to 5-1 and will face Holton at home on Jan. 6.
Tri County 6 13 7 2 — 28
Lakeview 7 14 7 12 — 40
TRI COUNTY (1-5) — Lagunas 0 3-8 3, Ketelaar 0 1-2 1. Keech 5 7-9 18, Hackbardt 1 0-0 2, Firovich 0 4-6 4. Totals: 6 15-28 28. Three-point goals: Keech. Total fouls: 24. Fouled out: None.
LAKEVIEW (5-1) — Henry 3 2-5 8, Leach 2 3-6 7, King 1 3-4 5, Molitor 0 2-2 2, Nielsen 6 3-8 15, Lint 0 0-0 0, Shrulow 1 1-3 3. Totals: 13 14-30 40. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 23. Fouled out: None.