LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats lost its first two games of the season. One of those losses was to the Morley Stanwood Mohawks.
Apparently, the Wildcats were tired of losing, because they have not done so since.
On Thursday, the Wildcats extended their winning streak to 10 games. In the process, Lakeview revenged its earlier season loss to the Mohawks with a dominating 61-41 CSAA victory at home.
“We played really well. I’m actually more proud of our defensive effort, especially in the second half,” Lakeview coach Dave King said.
Lakeview (10-2, 9-1) outscored the Mohawks 31-23 in the second half, but it was a late second quarter run that helped propel the Wildcats to victory.
With Morley Stanwood trailing 19-16, the Wildcats’ went on a 9-0 run to open a 28-16 advantage. Back-to-back baskets by Sadie Massie started the run. Lakeview led 30-18 at the half.
“We are a team that likes to run, but we are becoming a lot better in the half court offense,” King said. “That is led by Maddie Shurlow. She makes us go. She has such a floor presence. She is the smartest basketball player I’ve ever coached.”
Shurlow was one of four Wildcats in double figures. Shurlow finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.
“We finished the half well. We played a lot of games in the first half of the season where we only played a half of basketball,” King said. “It was nice to finish the first half well and to come out and put it away in the third.”
In the third quarter, the Wildcats slowly extended the lead to 20 points with 2:39 remaining in the quarter. Morley Stanwood (10-2, 8-2) could only get within 15 points the remainder of the game.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew Lakeview has been playing well,” Mohawks coach Bob Raven said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t put our best foot forward. Give them credit. They deserved to win and outplayed us pretty much every faze of the game.”
Lauren Jaquays led the Wildcats with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Teri Wood added 13 points, while Massie finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The victory moved the Wildcats into sole possession of first place in the CSAA. Lakeview now holds its conference title hopes in their own hands.
Morley Stanwood defeated Lakeview 55-46 in the second game of the season.
“We missed a ton of point blank layups,” King said of the first game between the two teams. “We were in their gym and they (Morley) started to roll a little bit. Momentum and the game got away from us.”
Lindsey Veersma led Morley Stanwood with 12 points.
Lakeview is at Holton on Monday.
LAKEVIEW 61, MORLEY STANWOOD 41
Morley Stanwood 11 7 13 10 — 41
Lakeview 13 17 16 15 — 61
MORLEY STANWOOD (10-2, 8-2) — Thumser 1 0-0 2, Veersma5 1-2 12, Huested 1 2-4 4, Costie 0 1-2 1, Frye 2 2-2 7, Rosman 1 1-2 3, Raven 3 1-2 7, Quilitzsch 0 2-2 2, Kizer 0 3-4 3. Totals: 13 13-18 41. Three-point goals: Veersma. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.
LAKEVIEW (10-2, 10-1) — Massie 5 0-0 11, Molitor 2 4-6 8, Jaquays 5 5-7 15, Wood 6 0-1 13, Mathews 1 0-0 2, Shurlow 4 3-4 12. Totals: 23 12-18 61. Three-point goals: Massie, Wood, Shurlow. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.