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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Lauren Burns of West Noble hits her third 3-pointer in a row during the first quarter against Lakeland at West Noble on Friday night.

Friday, January 04, 2019 10:20 pm

Lakeland 59, West Noble 46

West Noble girls fall to Lakeland

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

After a nine-point halftime lead dissolved in the third quarter, West Noble needed a strong fourth-quarter effort to get back on track against Lakeland.

But their final period was even worse, and the Chargers fell 59-46 to lose their second game in a row.

Only a last minute 3-pointer by Tara Miller ended a 18-0 run by the Lakers (12-5).

"They made an adjustment, and we adjusted a couple of different times to the 1-3-1, and just didn't have any success," West Noble coach Dale Marano said. "We ran four different offenses against them, quite honestly, and one was very successful, we hit some shots from the corner, and they adjusted and took that away."

The Chargers (11-4) were the hotter shooting team in the early going, as Lauren Burns was three for three on 3-pointers in the first quarter. By halftime, she and Lilly Mast each had 10 points as West Noble pulled ahead with a 10-0 second-quarter  run.

But the Lakers came out of halftime with a new scheme, a new mentality and a few hot shooting hands to boot. Beth Stroop hit two 3-pointers in the first minutes of the second half, and Keirsten Roose tied the game at 33-33 with a free throw midway through the third quarter. 

West Noble's Angela Gross kept the Chargers just ahead of the Lakers, hitting three shots from the corner, until even that option was shut down.

"I thought they played an outstanding game, particularly in the second half," Marano said of Lakeland. "Their shooting percentage was probably off the charts, but they're a good team, and we didn't respond very well in the second half."

Bailey Hartsough had 10 points for the Lakers at halftime, but she came alive in the second half and finished with 29 points. The intense Lakeland defense forced the Chargers limited West Noble to just five field goals in the second half, including the three by Gross in the third quarter.

Mast finished with 12 points and Burns finished with 10. Gross had eight.

The Chargers will get a chance at redemption Wednesday when they meet Lakeland in the first round of the NECC tournament.

"Naturally, we'll go through the game film and we'll learn an awful lot from it," Marano said. "If anything, I hope our girls have a sense of urgency next Wednesday, and are a little bit ticked off. And I think we will be."