(Updated: 12:05 a.m.) Lake girls struggle in win over Northwood (2-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Staff   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 23:14
Lake's Jordyn Taylor (right) recovers the ball after a rebound as Northwood's Doma Cruz looks on. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY — Lake’s girls basketball team is no doubt hoping that its suspect performance in its first tournament game was due to first-round jitters, as head coach Jim Gracyk calls it.
The Flyers struggled in almost every facet of their Division III sectional semifinal contest against Northwood Wednesday night at Eastwood High School.
The good new for Lake — It won.
Lake managed to hold the Rangers to single digits in every quarter on its way to a 49-27 win.
“That’s why you don’t take a bye in the first round,” Gracyk said in reaction to the poor performance. “Because kids get, girls especially, get nervous and jerky when they open the tournament knowing every game could be their last game.
“All the years at Eastwood and all the years I’ve had the opportunity to play a first round, I play a first round. So we know we can not play good, but still come out on top.”
The game was never in serious doubt as to who would come out on top.
Lake built a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes and 10 seconds and led 30-12 by halftime.
But the Flyers were sloppy.
They committed 20 turnovers and shot a dismal 20-of-77 (26 percent) from the field in a game where they could have tallied many more points.
“Almost every one of them was wide open,” Gracyk said of the missed shots.
“I’m very discouraged because I think that might have been our worst performance of the year,” Gracyk added.
“We had enough shots, that game should have been a minimum of 75-25. But we didn’t play with any energy, we didn’t play with any enthusiasm.”
Lake, which is 13-10 overall, will play Genoa in a sectional final on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Eastwood.
Northwood ends its season 4-18.
The Rangers were unable to sustain any sort of offensive flow in the contest as they committed 33 turnovers. As a result Northwood shot just 11-of-38 (29 percent) from the floor.
Freshman Alex Rable led the Rangers with 11 points.
But the positive for Northwood is it battled all night and even hung with Lake in the second half. The Rangers were out-scored 19-15 in the final 16 minutes and played to a 9-9 tie in the third quarter.
“To Northwood’s credit they played hard,” Gracyk said. “They were battling for loose balls, they were battling for rebounds, they pushed and shoved and they fought.”
And Northwood head coach Bill Hamilton agreed.
“We played better at the end of the second quarter and into the third,” Hamilton said. “It just says something about our kids.
“The hustle by my kids, I can’t complain.”
Alyssa Shaffer led the Flyers with a game-high 15 points. All of her points came via the 3-pointer. But as a team, Lake was 8-of-34 (24 percent) from beyond the arc.
No other player scored more than six points for Lake.
One of the only positives the Flyers saw was their 45-26 rebounding advantage. Lake had 31 boards on the offensive end, mainly due to their inability to convert on easy shots.
“We had been playing a heck of a lot better,” Gracyk said. “This was a big step backwards. But again, I understand it’s tournament and I understand it’s survive and advance right now. And that’s all that matters.”

Cruz, 3-0—6; Bowers, 1-0—2; Wojcinski, 0-0—0; Rable, 5-1—11; Kristi Sawmiller, 0-0—0; Carillo, 0-0—0; Roach, 2-2—6; Artino, 0-2—2; Kelly Sawmiller, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 11-5—27.
Taylor, 0-0—0; Huston, 0-1-0—3; Brittenham, 1-0—2; Swartz, 2-0—4; Deal, 0-0—0; Ozuk, 0-0—0; Woodruff, 0-1-0—3; Dabney, 3-0—6; Densic, 0-0—0; Phalen, 2-0—4; Hanen, 1-1-0—5; Marchetto, 1-0—2; Shaffer, 0-5-0—15; Henneman, 2-1—5. TOTALS: 12-8-1—49.
NORTHWOOD    6    6    9    6    —27
LAKE    18    12    9    10    —49
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:39

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