HOWARD CITY — It wasn’t pretty, but Lakeview’s girls basketball team is advancing in the district tournament.
The Wildcats won an ugly 39-29 game over the Chippewa Hills Warriors Monday, but coach Corey Kohler will take it.
“The kids made plays at the end, which you have to do, but the kids have to be a lot smarter on Wednesday,” Kohler said. “The half-court sets have to improve in practice (today) and they will.”
The Warriors (5-16) scored the first six points of the game, then Lakeview (14-7) scored the last four, not getting the first until there was 2:10 left in the first frame.
“They’re a longer team in length than us, and I think it got in our heads a little bit,” Kohler said. “Once we had some success in the first quarter we settled down and let the game come to us a bit more.”
Both teams scored a combined four field goals in the second quarter, and that tied the score at 11 going into the break. But the Wildcats turned up the defense in the third period, as they didn’t allow a Warrior field goal in that eight-minute span.
“We made sure we found No. 21 (Hannah Guy) and No. 32 (Alexandra Sandel),” Kohler said. “Those were the two kids we had to take away, and when we didn’t they made us pay it seemed like. Our focus was better in the second half.”
Lakeview outscored Chippewa Hills 11-3 in the third quarter and hung on for the win despite guy getting 10 of her team-high 16 in the fourth quarter.
Lakeview had two players in double figures, as Andrea Henry and Morgan Lindsey had 10 points each. Megan Leach added nine.
After Guy, none of the other four Warriors who scored had more than five.
Lakeview made only 13 field goals, but was 11-of-18 from the free-throw line.
“We’re going to shoot better,” Kohler said. “We’re a better shooting team than we displayed tonight. We struggled from the field and (Monday night) we were juiced up, jacked up and we have to understand how to get back into that relaxed state of mind. That will make a big difference.”
The Wildcats will go back to Tri County Wednesday to face Sparta in the district semifinals.
LAKEVIEW 39, CHIPPEWA HILLS 29
Lakeview 4 7 11 17 — 39
Chip Hills 6 5 3 15 — 29
LAKEVIEW (14-7) — Henry 4 0-0 10, Leach 3 3-6 9, Lindsey 4 2-2 10, King 0 3-4 3, Molitor 1 1-2 3, Lint 1 0-0 2, Jaquays 0 2-4 2. Totals: 13 11-18 39. Three-point goals: Henry 2. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: Molitor.
CHIPPEWA HILLS (5-16) — Simon 1 1-2 3, Sellers 1 0-1 2, Guy 5 5-6 16, Denslow 1 0-0 3, Sandel 2 1-3 5. Totals: 18 7-12 29. Three-point goals: Guy, Denslow. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none