(updated: 10:33 p.m.) Lake girls struggle in second half, fall to Genoa (12-10-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 23:10
Lake's Jordyn Taylor leaps for the hoop past Genoa's Carly Gose (left) and Katie Jensen (14). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY — Lake’s girls basketball team let a one-point halftime lead slip away and, as a result, suffered its first league loss on Tuesday. PHOTO GALLERY
Lake, 4-2 overall, dropped its first Northern Buckeye Conference game to Genoa 57-43. Lake is 2-1 in the NBC and Genoa moved to 4-2, 2-1.
The Flyers took a one point lead into halftime thanks to seven first-half 3-pointers, but turnovers were the story of the third quarter and Lake mustered only five points.
Two players were in double figures for Lake. Catie Phalen had 19 points (five, 3-pointers) and Jordyn Taylor had 12. Taylor scored all five points for Lake in the third quarter.
Haley Pickard (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Ciara Albright (11 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for Genoa. Katie Jensen had 14 points (four, 3-pointers).
“We were not good with handling the ball and we made careless mistakes,”  Lake coach Jim Gracyk said.
“The mistakes aren’t going away. They are never-ending. They are perpetual,” he continued.
After making seven three-pointers in the first half, Lake lost its composure on offense. The Flyers turned the ball over and were unable to take good shots from the perimeter.
Out of halftime, Genoa coach Mike DeStazio pulled his team out of a zone defense and switched to man-to-man.
“They made us adjust at halftime. You can’t shoot the ball any better than they did in the first half,” DeStazio said.
“We switched to man to make them put the ball on the floor,” he said.
The defensive change proved to be the right call.
Lake was able to get into the paint, but failed to convert the layups and short jump shots.
“We missed at least 12 one-foot shots,” Gracyk said.
To begin the third quarter, Lake extended its lead to 29-25 on a bucket-and-one by Taylor, but soon after, Genoa began to slowly assemble its lead for good.
In the final minute of the third quarter, Genoa led 35-31. Jensen then made her fourth 3-pointer of the night, which was followed by an Albright layup to put the Comets up 40-31. Genoa’s lead ballooned to as many as 16 in the fourth quarter.
“I have pride and we aren’t playing with pride. We seem to accept mediocrity and we can’t do that,” Gracyk said.
Lake won the junior varsity game 34-22. Vanessa Warton had 10 points for Lake and Erica Smith had nine for Genoa.

Albright, 5-1—11; Jensen, 1-4-0—14; Pickard, 6-7—19; Skilliter, 1-0—2; Edwards, 2-2—6; Gose, 1-1-0—5; Dazley, 0-0—0.
TOTALS: 16-5-10—57.
Taylor, 2-8–12; Phalen, 1-5-2–19; Hansen, 0-1—1; Henneman, 0-0—0; Woodruff, 0-2-0—6; Brittenham, 1-0—2; Dabney, 0-0—0; K. Swartz, 1-0—2; R. Swartz, 0-1—1; Ozuk, 0-0—0.
TOTALS: 5-7-12—43.
GENOA    14    11    15    17    —57
LAKE    14    12    5    12    —43
Junior varsity: Lake 34-22.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:22

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