LEWISTOWN – After hanging with Bellefontaine for two-and-a-half quarters, Indian Lake ran out of steam late in the second half as the Lady Lakers dropped a 53-39 decision to the Lady Chiefs in a CBC-crossover girls basketball game Dec. 21. It was the first win of the season for Bellefontaine, while Indian Lake falls to 1-10 on the year with the loss.
The first 20 minutes of the game was as wild as it gets in high school basketball, be it boys or girls. The two teams combined for 12 foul shots in the first quarter alone. Both teams were in the double bonus before the halfway mark of the second quarter. Indian Lake saw its one-point first quarter lead disappear early in the second when the Chiefs went on a 12-3 run, which was followed by a 11-0 run by the Lakers before the half, which was then followed by an 11-0 run by the Chiefs to open the third. After that, Bellefontaine’s long bench and Indian Lake’s foul troubles sealed the fate of the home team, the Chieftain press holding the Lakers to seven points in the third and a mere four points in the final period.
The Lakers attempted 16 foul shots in first half, but made it to the line only three times in the third quarter and had no freebies at all in the fourth. Indian Lake certainly made the most of their chances at the line, netting 17-of-19 free-throw attempts in the game for a marvelous 89 percent, but the Lakers simply couldn’t dent the Bellefontaine press in the game’s final 12 minutes. Chieftain Maddie Mitchell did big damage for Bellefontaine in the fourth, scoring all six of her points on three field goals and grabbing three important offensive rebounds in the waning moments of the game.
Caylee Wurster was her usual indispensable self for the Lakers, as she brought the ball up against the press, drove the ball into the paint time and again, and chased Bellefontaine freshman sensation Aubrey Stolly around for four quarters. Wurster closed with a team-high 10 points, while Morgan Evilsizor had all nine of her points in the first half, hitting one of the two Laker treys on the night. Kelson Stidam connected on the Lakers’ second three-pointer and closed with seven points, an output matched by teammate Katelyn Hogan.
Meagan Lonsway used her inside game to score 19 points to lead the Chiefs, while Stolly hit both of Bellefontaine’s shots from long distance and closed with 15 points.
Indian Lake will be in action again at home against Kenton in a non-league game Dec. 28.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.