ST PARIS – After having trouble putting the ball in the hoop all season long, Indian Lake finally found its stroke and broke out for 18 fourth-quarter points against Graham, earning the Lady Lakers their second win of the year with a convincing 52-39 victory over the Lady Falcons in CBC Mad River Conference girls basketball action in St. Paris on Jan. 6.
Gaining a 19-14 lead at the half, the Lakers (2-12 overall, 2-3 in MRD play) turned it up in the second, with Caylee Wurster leading the Laker blitz. After scoring five points in the first two periods, Wurster dropped a three-pointer on the Falcons (4-8 overall, 2-3 in the MRD) to open the third, then scored 14 more points, including going 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final quarter to ice the game, closing with a game-high 22 points. As a team, the Lakers hit 12-of-16 free throws in the fourth, and connected on 19-of-26 attempts from the stripe in the contest for a respectable 73 percent.
Nya Worrell played what Laker head coach Nick Tucci called her “best all around performance,” hitting five shots from the floor and connecting on both of her free throws to close with 12 points. Morgan Evilsizor went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line in the waning minutes and also scored an even dozen points for the winners. Katelyn Hogan score all six of her points for the Lakers from the foul line.
Olivia Burr scored 14 and Sarah Henry netted 10 points for the Falcons in the loss.
Indian Lake will have its hands full Saturday, Jan. 9, as the powerful Benjamin Logan Raiders, who are 11-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in MRD play, come to Lewistown for yet another conference matchup. The Raiders pounded the Lakers, 82-44, in their first meeting this season at Ben Logan on Nov. 30.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.