Lakeview claims CSAA title on senior night


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:44 am on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

White Cloud’s Rachel Weaver, left, and Lakeview’s Lauren Jaquays, right, battle for a rebound during the teams’ game Monday night.

LAKEVIEW — Not even a heavy snowfall kept Lakeview’s girls basketball team from clinching their first outright Central State Activities Association title since 2005.

The Wildcats used a 21-2 second quarter to beat the White Cloud Indians 51-38 Monday night, which was also senior night for Lakeview.

It was also the 17th straight win for the Wildcats.

“It’s kind of a load off. It’s a big relief right now,” said Lakeview coach Dave King. “We didn’t play very well, but we played good enough to win.

Neither team really got the offense going in the first quarter. In fact, the score was 1-1 halfway through the frame when each team finally started making field goals.

But after an 11-10 first quarter, Lakeview clamped the defense down. The Indians avoided a shutout eight minutes with a basket from Clara Priest with 1:26 left in the quarter.

“We were soft defensively in the first half and we wouldn’t box out,” King said. “We allowed way too much penetration. We had to shut that down and force them (White Cloud) to shoot from the outside and then run to the shooters. We did a much better job.”

Meanwhile Sadie Massie scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in that quarter.

“Someone always picks us up and tonight it was Sadie, especially,” King said. “She got our energy going.”

The Indians made only two field goals in the third quarter to make the score 44-19 Wildcats. They cruised from there.

“We came out with a different defense in the third quarter, which was somewhat effective, not as good as I had hoped,” King said. “We just wanted to keep mixing defensively and ball pressure.”

King said the Wildcats have been finding ways to win.

“They play with a lot of heart,” he said of his team. “They don’t always play well as far as they don’t always make shots they should or make passes they should and sometimes a little lapse defensively. It’s always someone different every night and that’s what’s fun about this team.”

Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor launches a three-point shot during the Wildcats’ game against White Cloud Monday night.

Lauren Jaquays added 12 points to the win.

White Cloud got 20 of their 38 from Maria Feldpausch, who canned four triples.

LAKEVIEW 51, WHITE CLOUD 38

White Cloud 10 2 7 19 — 38

Lakeview 11 21 12 7 — 51

WHITE CLOUD — Cook 0 0-2 0, Manchip 1 0-0 3, Wilk 1 1-4 4, Feldpausch 7 2-2 20, Weaver 1 1-4 3, Wawsczyk 1 0-0 2, Fifer 0 1-2 1, Priest 2 1-2 5. Totals: 13 6-16 38. Three-point goals: Manchip, Wilk, Feldpausch 4. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

LAKEVIEW (17-2, 16-1) — Massie 6 0-0 14, Smythe 0 0-2 0, Molitor 3 1-2 9, Nielsen 1 1-1 3, Jaquays 3 6-8 12, Lake 1 0-0 2, Wood 1 0-2 2, Mathews 2 0-0 4, Shurlow 2 0-0 5. Totals: 19 8-15 51. Three-point goals: Massie 2, Molitor 2, Shurlow. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

Lakeview will play one more game before the Class C district tournament Thursday.

“We try to get better and we try to win it,” King said. “We’re not content with a conference title. We want to get to 18 in a row, so we can get to 19 in a row and 20 in a row. We want to keep the win streak going so we will play just as hard Thursday night as we did tonight, maybe a little harder.”

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