Iowa Lakes faced a difficult task in taking on Division I opponent Iowa Western on Tuesday.
The Reivers used every opportunity to fast break against the Lakers and left town with a 71-52 victory.
Iowa Lakes did a good job staying close with the visitors in the early going and briefly led 21-20 after a three-pointer by Sobrina West with 8:25 remaining in the first half.
But Iowa Western answered quickly and that sparked a 14-2 run over the next five minutes as the visitors took a 34-23 lead. Aliyah Gipson scored the final five points for the Lakers in the half as the home team trailed 36-28 at the break.
The Reivers scored the first two baskets of the second half and then six more points after a three-point play by Shaunte Tucker to push the lead to 46-34. Iowa Western kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way, gradually pushing the lead over 20 points until a couple late baskets by the Lakers.
Iowa Lakes struggled from the free throw line, making 8-of-20 while Iowa Western was 15-of-20.
Natasha Kindred led the Lakers with 11 points while Macy Dahl and Gipson each had seven. Tucker and Tayler Boroson both finished with five points, Shabreka Edward and Alissa Johnson each had three points, Allyson Sherdan had two and Nijala Johnson had one.
Iowa Lakes (3-4 overall) hosts Minnesota West at 1 p.m. today. The Lakers are on the road against Hutchinson Community College next Friday and against Dodge City Community College next Saturday.
Lakers come up short vs. Dakota State JV
MADISON, S.D. - The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team had balanced scoring, but came up a point short against Dakota State University Junior Varsity on Saturday, 67-66.
Allie Kemeny led Iowa Lakes with 12 points while Macy Dahl, Shaunte Tucker and Nijala Johnson each had 10 points.