LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team did not allow a slow start to alter its game plan.
The game plan, as it has been most of the season, is to play solid defense. The defense did its job, now the Wildcats just need the offense to fall in line.
Lakeview (10-4, 8-4) trailed by five after the first quarter, took the lead in the second quarter and held off the Warriors in a tight 48-42 CSAA win on Tuesday at home.
“It was a good win and nice to avenge the loss from before,” Lakeview coach Dave King said. “Coming off the weekend we didn’t have a very good practice yesterday and I was afraid we were going to start slow and we did, especially offensively.”
Chippewa Hills (9-5, 8-4) junior Hannah Guy got the Warriors off to a good start with five of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter, as they jumped out to an 11-6 lead.
Lakeview turned things around in the second quarter and took the lead for good on an Andrea Henry three-point shot with 1:56 remaining in the half at 18-17.
“I’m not disappointed in the way we played. This is a tough place to place and to come into,” Chippewa Hills coach Doug VanSyckle said. “We just had to hit free throws. We missed 14 free throws and that basically is where we gave it away.”
Chippewa Hills was 5-for-13 shooting free throws in the first half and 16-for-30 the entire game.
“They are a good team and play hard,” VanSyckle said. “They pressure the ball well. We just needed to take care of the ball and knock down some shots and free throws. I think the outcome would have been different.”
The Wildcats missed their share of free throws, as well, going 13-for-24.
Lakeview extended its lead by just two points in the third quarter and led 32-29 with eight minutes remaining. Junior Estelle Molitor scored six points in the quarter to help offensively.
“Defensively, we were pretty good all night long. We switched some of the defenses a little bit,” King said. “We are finding out that we are a pretty good man-to-man defensive team, which is unusual for us. We haven’t played man in years.”
King said his team’s man-to-man defenses are catching teams off guard.
“People expect us to come out and play our junk zones, which we always do,” King said. “I think we are catching some people off guard with man and how good we are.”
Chippewa Hills got to within three points (37-34) on four consecutive free throws with 5:01 remaining in the game. Molitor, though, hit another big shot, followed by a basket from Lauren Jaquays as Lakeview regained a seven point advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Lakeview did enough to win the game, but King said the offense is struggling at times.
“Offensively, when you have a player like Maddie (Shurlow) who can create on her own, hit from anywhere and is an outstanding passer and Andrea Henry who has a knack for getting an open shot, that is what we fall too,” King said.
The Wildcats have been playing without starting point guard Megan Leach, who is lost for the season with a torn ACL.
King said the team is managing without Leach, but still needs to work on some things.
“It seems like we always have one person of out position,” King said. “There is a little break down every play that will mess up the set.”
Henry led the Wildcats with 14 points, while Molitor added 10 points. Shurlow finished with eight points.
Lakeview and Chippewa Hills split the season series. The Wildcats will travel to Reed City on Friday night.
LAKEVIEW 48, CHIP HILLS 42
Chip Hills 11 8 10 13 — 42
Lakeview 6 14 12 16 — 48
CHIP HILLS (9-5, 8-4) — Wolfe 2 1-4 7, Starck 0 2-2 2, Sellers 0 1-2 1, Stirn 1 2-2 4, Boone 2 1-1 5, Denslow 0 3-4 3, Guy 6 6-15 20. Totals: 12 16-30 42. Three-point goals: Guy 2. Total fouls: 20. Fouled out: Stirn.
LAKEVIEW (10-4, 8-4) — Henry 3 6-12 14, Cornell 2 2-4 6, Molitor 4 2-3 10, Jaquays 2 0-0 4, Lint 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 1-3 1, Shurlow 3 2-2 8, Massie 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16 13-24 48. Three-point goals: Henry 2, Massie. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: Jaquays.