The Iowa Lakes women went 1-1 this past week with a 71-37 loss to Kirkwood last Saturday and a 63-59 home win over Marshalltown on Wednesday.
Against Marshalltown, the Lakers had to rally from a 35-23 half-time deficit. The Lakers scored the first five points to get the lead within seven and kept chipping away at the lead. Two 3-pointers by Macy Dahl finally tied the game at 52-52 with 8:50 remaining. The Tigers responded with a 3-pointer, but a basket by Aliyah Gibson and a free throw by Dahl tied the game at 55-55. Gipson scored the Lakers' next two baskets giving the Lakers the lead for good at 59-57 with 1:53 left in the game.
In the final minute, Dahl faked a shot and then threw to a wide-open Gipson under the basket for a layup and a 61-57 Laker lead.
Marshalltown came back with a basket by Mackenzie Gott with 45 seconds remaining.
But a layup by Nijala Johnson with 22 seconds left, as she out-raced her defender to the basket, pushed the lead back to four. Marshalltown missed at the other end and the Lakers secured the rebound and ran out the clock.
Leah Courtney led the Lakers with 15 points. Gipson had 12 points and Dahl had 10, all coming in the second half. Carly Gilliland and Tayler Boroson each had eight points while Shaunte Tucker and Johnson each had four and Shabreka Edwards had two. Dahl also finished with seven assists. Courtney had nine rebounds while Johnson and Gipson each had eight.
Against 14th-ranked Kirkwood, the Eagles soared to 36-16 halftime lead and never looked back. Gipson led the Lakers with 13 points while Courtney had 10, Johnson and Sobrina West each had five and Shaunte Tucker and Dahl each had two. Tucker had eight rebounds and Johnson had five assists and three steals.
Cassidy Clark led Kirkwood with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa Lakes (6-22 overall, 3-11 in the ICCAC) is on the road against Des Moines Area Community College at 1 p.m., today (Saturday). The Lakers host Southeastern Community College at 2 p.m. next Saturday.