(Updated: 11:41 p.m.) Lakota girls advance, beat Gibsonburg (2-20-13)
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Staff
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 23:07
LUCKEY — When looking at the records of two basketball teams it can sometimes be easy to assume which team will win.
|Lakota's Stephanie Miller (right) charges past Gibsonburg's Brittney Holcomb. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Nine-win Gibsonburg squared off with three-win Lakota Wednesday night in a Division III girls sectional semifinal at Eastwood High School.
The winner might serve as a surprise to some.
Lakota’s girls played what was one of its finest games of the season, according to head coach Mike Miller. The result of its solid defense and ability to rebound was a 43-35 win over the Golden Bears.
“I love the way they played,” Miller said. “They played great defensively; they were moving. Offensively it’s the best I’ve seen them move the ball in a long time.
“They’ve shown signs of that in practice and they executed it very well tonight,” he added. “I just loved their effort tonight.”
Lakota, which improved to 4-18 overall, will play Woodmore in the sectional final on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Eastwood.
Gibsonburg ends its season 9-14.
The Raiders, who never trailed in the contest, turned a 30-24 lead after three quarters into a 40-27 lead with 47 seconds left in the game.
The 10-3 Lakota scoring run was sparked by Katie Park, who scored the first five points of the spurt.
But the Golden Bears didn’t go away lightly.
Trailing 43-30, Marisa Alvarado scored five points in the final 10 seconds, giving the Lakota faithful a slight scare.
Alvarado finished with a game-high 14 points.
“We got a little bit tired ... We had a couple careless turnovers that let them back in the game. But we did a nice job of staying composed,” Miller said. “It was an all-around good effort.”
Lakota jumped out to a 10-2 lead after the first quarter, but Gibsonburg narrowed that margin to 23-17 by halftime.
But with its relentless effort on the boards, Lakota was not going to be denied a victory.
The Raiders held a 44-21 rebounding advantage, with 23 of those coming on the offensive end.
Park, Morgan Mowry and Morgan Gangwer had 10, nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
“I don’t think we’ve won a rebounding battle more than one or two times this year,” Miller said. “We’ve been doing two and three different rebounding drills during practice because it is so key in getting wins. They have been working really hard on it.”
Gangwer led the Raiders with 11 points. Stephanie Miller added 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
“(Stephanie Miller) did a real good job of keeping her head up and finding people,” coach Miller said. “She found some players, the way she moved the ball was really nice.
Lakota’s zone defense limited Gibsonburg to 12 field goals for the game. The Golden Bears were just 7-of-13 from the free-throw line.
“They’re used to playing zone ... That’s what they’re most comfortable with and they seem to move good out of it,” Miller said.
LAKOTA 43, GIBSONBURG 35
Hovis, 0-0—0; Miller, 2-2-0—10; Feick, 2-4—8; Walter, 0-0—0; Mowry, 2-2—6; Park, 3-2—8; Alloway, 0-0—0; Ray, 0-0—0; Gangwer, 1-2-3—11. TOTALS: 10-4-11—43.
Perales, 1-1—3; Fork, 0-0—0; Alvarado, 2-2-4—14; Busdeker, 0-0—0; Shammo, 2-2-1—11; Rahe, 0-1—1; Widmer, 2-0—4; Ernsthausen, 0-0—0; Holcomb, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 8-4-7—35.
LAKOTA 10 13 7 13 —43
GIBSONBURG 2 15 7 11 —35
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:36