After leading Minnesota West most of the game, the Iowa Lakes women couldn't hold the visitors off in the closing minutes in a 65-58 defeat on Saturday.
Iowa Lakes led by as many as 14 points in the first half, 28-14. But the Blue Jays took advantage of Laker fouls to keep the game close throughout and when the dust settled had made 39-of-51 from the charity stripe.
Iowa Lakes led 38-30 at halftime with Minnesota West scoring over half their points on free throws while making 16-of-22.
In the second half, the Blue Jays kept attacking and the Lakers continued to get called for falls. Shaunte Tucker was the first Laker to foul out with 7:20 left in the game. The Lakers still led 54-48 after a basket by Sobrina West. But the Lakers struggled to score over the next few minutes and tied the game at 54-54. The Lakers were then called for a technical. Two free throws by Minnesota West's Kristen Anderson gave the visitors the lead with 2:08 remaining. Tiffany Gehl, who had been fouled on the play before the technical, connected on both of hers to push the lead to 58-54. Iowa Lakes only made two more free throws the rest of the way while continuing to foul the Blue Jays to get the ball back. The Lakers finished 10-of 22 from the free throw line.
Anderson led the visitors with 18 points, all coming at the free throw line where she was 18-of-20.
Natasha Kindred led Iowa Lakes with 17 points while Tucker had 10. West finished with seven points while Allie Kemeny had six, Alissa Johnson had five, Shabreka Edwards had four, Macy Dahl, Tayler Boroson and Allyson Shereden each had two and Nijala Johnson had one.
Iowa Lakes (3-5 overall) is on the road Friday and Saturday before returning home Monday and Thursday this week.