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Lakers’ comeback comes up short

November 23, 2016
David Swartz - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

In spite of a poor shooting night, the Iowa Lakes women still had chances to catch up to visiting the visiting Grandview Junior Varsity on Monday.

However, the ball just wouldn't fall enough to complete the comeback attempt as the Lakers fell 66-59 to the visitors.

"We struggled to shoot the ball tonight and it affected every part of the game," said Iowa Lakes coach Ashley Martin. " We did not play with enough energy and effort on the defensive end. We will use this as a learning opportunity and get back to work,.

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The Lakers shot just 27 percent (20-of-73) from the field including 30 percent (11-of-37) from 3-point range. Grandview did a better job of getting to the free throw line as well, where they were 18-of-24, compared to 8-of-11 for the Lakers.

Iowa Lakes trailed 17-10 after one quarter before cutting the deficit to two, 31-29 at halftime. However, Grandview stretched the lead back to 10, 50-40, by the start of the fourth quarter.

The Lakers cut the deficit to five, 64-59, after consecutive 3-pointers by Alicia Ibarra with 6.7 seconds remaining, but Grandview made two free throws to preserve the win.

Lauryn Smith led the Lakers with 11 points while Ibarra finished with 10. Gabi Garcia chipped in eight points, Jazmin Benally had seven Marissa Ruiz, Bailey Trickel and Lemia Ntor-Ue each had six points and Trstyn Dunivant had two.

Iowa Lakes (4-2 overall returns to action at home on Saturday, Nov. 26 against North Dakota State College of Science. Game time is 1 p.m.



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