LAKEVIEW — Shawn Lindsey had a night to remember Monday night.
The Lakeview junior scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a 52-34 win over the Central Montcalm Green Hornets.
“He’s shooting the ball with confidence and not forcing a whole lot,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said of Lindsey.
Lindsey got six of his eight field goals in the game from outside the three-point line. He started his long-distance bombing early, getting a pair of threes in the first quarter. However, there was only one other field goal and the Wildcats (6-2, 5-2) trailed 10-9 after one quarter. Green Hornet Trevin Nemeth had all eight of his points in that first quarter.
Lindsey and Brad Hamlin had field goals in the second quarter — the same as the first quarter — but defense took over, as Central (1-7, 1-6) was held to just seven points and trailed 20-17 at the break.
“What hurt us mostly in the first half was offensive rebounding by Lakeview,” Cental coach John Kearney said.
Kearney said his team had to make adjustments.
“In the second half, the kids (Central) knew what to do,” he said. “We thought we could get them (Lakeview) in the second half, but we didn’t play with the same emotion. It still looked like the same team out there.”
Schreiber made some adjustments also.
“It was just a different defense,” he said. “We went with two of the three that are our staples and it’s just a matter of trying to figure out what we could do best against them. We got in the passing lanes better and picked off stuff.”
Meanwhile, Lindsey got going again, scoring two more threes as part of eight points in the third quarter. That was half of Lakeview’s total in that quarter, giving the Wildcats a 36-27 lead at that point.
Lindsey finished off his night with another pair of threes in the fourth quarter as Lakeview went on a 7-0 run over the first 2:21 of the quarter to put the game out of reach.
“When he’s that hot he figures he better take (shots),” Schreiber said of Lindsey. “That’s the thing. He doesn’t over-force them. He knows when he’s open and he can knock it down when he gets his feet under him.”
“In the first half we were OK because he (Lindsey) didn’t get a lot of scores off of us,” Kearney said. “But that’s where he roams and that’s what we know. When you give up second and third shots eventually he’s going to get the ball back on a kickout from those guys and if he’s wide open the ball is going to go in.”
Lindsey was joined by Jon Wandel in double figures, as he had 12 points. Lindsey and Wandel combined to score as many points as the entire Hornet team.
“I knew Central was going to come ready,” Schreiber said. “There’s too big a history with us to expect anything else.”
Ben Bishop had nine points to lead the Hornets.
“We have to come back to practice (today) and work hard and keep our heads up,” Kearney said. “We’re playing good ball. We just haven’t been able to put 32 minutes together. When you’re as young as you are those are some of the headaches you get.”
Central is at home Thursday against Reed City while the Wildcats head to White Cloud Thursday.
LAKEVIEW 52, CENTRAL MONTCALM 34
Central Montcalm 10 7 10 7 — 34
Lakeview 9 11 16 16 — 52
CENTRAL MONTCALM (1-7, 1-6) — Schalow 3 0-0 7, Barnwell 1 0-0 2, Ebels 0 1-2 1, Dulbandzhyan 2 0-1 4, Nemeth 4 0-1 8, Switzer 1 1-2 3, Bishop 4 0-0 9. Totals: 15 2-6 34. Three-point goals: Schalow, Bishop. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.
LAKEVIEW (6-2, 4-2) — Wandel 2 7-8 12, Lindsey 8 0-0 22, Hamlin 2 1-2 5, Zuluaga-Torres 3 1-4 7, Shurlow 1 0-0 2, Stephens 0 2-2 2, Spanberger 0 2-3 2. Totals: 16 13-19 52. Three-point goals: Wandel, Lindsey 6. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.