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Lakers’ best effort not enough against DMACC

Smith leads team with 16 points

March 8, 2017
David Swartz - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

BOONE - Iowa Lakes gave Des Moines Area Community College its best effort, but the Bears prevailed in a 63-53 victory over the Lakers in a Region XI quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

"The kids played their heart out tonight," said Iowa Lakes coach Ashley Martin. " I am extremely proud of this team and all they have accomplished. It's always tough to see a season come to an end, but the team can hold their heads high and be proud of all their efforts and hard work!"

After losing to DMACC by 20, 77-57, less than one week ago, the Laker women's defense helped them to a 10-8 lead after the first quarter.

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However, the 11th-ranked Bears' offense picked up in the second quarter as they took a 30-20 lead at the break.

Iowa Lakes battled in the third quarter and trailed by just five, 46-41, entering the final frame.

Neither team shot well with the Lakers shooting 28 percent (17-of-60) from the field including 30 percent (6-of-20) from 3-point range. DMACC shot just 27 percent (16-of-59) from the field, including 25 percent (5-of-20) from 3-point range.

However, the Bears had a 13-point advantage at the free throw line where they shot 87 percent (26-of-30) while the Lakers made just 15 trips to the line where they also shot 87 percent (13-of-15).

Lauryn Smith led Iowa Lakes with 16 points, three assists and two steals. Mia Wassink finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Gabi Garcia had eight points, Lemia Ntor-Ue had six points, Brookelyn Hoeppner and Jackie Petrich each had four points, Marissa Ruiz had three points and Shai'anya Wesley had two.

Petrich and Ntor-Ue each had seven rebounds.

Shayle Dean led Iowa Central with 17 points and Amanda Cartney had 16.

Iowa Lakes wraps up an 11-21 season with a 2-12 record in conference play.

Sophomores Lauryn Smith, Jackie Petrich, Tristyn Dunivant and Brookelyn Hoeppner played in their final game.

"This was a tremendous group," said Martin, who finishes her full season with the Lakers after taking the helm in midseason a year ago.

"They were thrown a lot of adversity and proud of how they stuck it out and believed in me," she said. " The record didn't show it, but we improved this year."

Smith was the team's starting point guard and Martin said she has more basketball to play.

"She played with energy and heart and we'll miss her," the coach said. "She's loking at Division II schools now."

A year ago, Petrich was a second team all-region performer, but mononucleosis sidelined her for most of the second half of the season.

"She really helped us out against DMACC last night," Martin said

The coach said Hoeppner received a second chance with the team this year and made the most of it.

"Her best basketball is still ahead of her," said Martin.

Of Dunivant, Martin said she was a good backup.

"We'll miss her shooting and love for the game."



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