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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Megan Godfrey of West Noble goes up strong against Lakeland's Isabelle Larimer during the first quarter Friday night at West Noble.

Saturday, January 05, 2019 1:00 am

High School basketball Lakeland 59 West Noble 46

W. Noble struggles in 2nd half

Lakeland changes defensive approach for comeback win

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

LIGONIER – 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 an 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 hot early, as Lauren Burns was 3 for 3 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 and led 31-22 at halftime.

But the Lakers came out of halftime with a new scheme 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 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.

The intense Lakeland defense 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.”