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Indian Lake finds its footing in second half to turn away Pirates

Like a sluggish automobile, Indian Lake’s girls basketball team needed a jump start to get on track against host Riverside on Monday.

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Indian Lake’s Sydney Miller puts up a shot as Riverside’s Morgan Robison (11) defends during the first half of their game Monday at Riverside High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

After a sluggish start, the Lakers found their groove in the second half and turned a 26-25 halftime lead into a 57-42 non-league victory.

“We didn’t do the little things right early on in the game,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “Their zone defense gave us fits in the first half.

“Sometimes we just don’t get into the flow of the game right away. As we got further into the game, the girls were able to settle in and we played much better.”

There were plenty of encouraging signs early on Monday for the Pirates (4-15), who have endured their share of frustrating moments this season.

“We executed and shot well,” said Riverside coach Jeremy Allen. “That made all the difference for us in the first half. Then the turnovers we had and them making free throws was the difference in the second half.

“The effort the last two or three games has been wonderful, though. Tonight, it was a fabulous effort. We just got beat tonight.”

Indian Lake (9-10) struggled with cold shooting in the first half and Riverside took advantage. The Pirates raced their way to a 16-7 lead after the opening quarter.

The Lakers battled back in the second quarter. They took their first lead of the game at the 3:08 mark (22-20).

Thanks to some strong outside shooting, Indian Lake finished the period on a 10-4 run and took a 26-25 lead into halftime.

A familiar problem for Riverside returned in the second half as the Pirates struggled with turnovers. They finished the game with 33 and saw Indian Lake score in transition.

“They had some trouble with our press and we were able to get some steals,” said McMahon.

Riverside came back to tie the game twice in the third quarter, but Indian Lake went on an 8-1 run in the final two minutes of the period. That pushed the Lakers out to a 41-34 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Indian Lake showcased its strength from the free-throw line. The Lakers were 12-of-16 from the charity stripe in outscoring the Pirates 16-8.

Indian Lake made 23-of-34 foul shots for the game.

“That is pretty good for the entire game,” said McMahon. “And when you make 12-of-16 down the stretch that will win you a lot of games.”

Sydney Miller sparked the Lakers with 16 points, Mikaela Oyer had 11 points, Ashley Franks tallied eight points and Claire Maier had seven points.

For the Pirates, Mara Ledley led the way with 10 points, Brooke Hickey had nine points and Monica Hurley added seven points.

Indian Lake won the junior varsity game 41-21. Meagan Lonsway led the Lakers with 13 points and Brittany Guthrie paced the Pirates with seven points.

Riverside hosts Lima Perry on Thursday in Northwest Central Conference action, while Indian Lake hosts Graham on Saturday in a Central Buckeye Conference contest.

INDIAN LAKE 57, RIVERSIDE 42

INDIAN LAKE (9-10)

Miller 4 6-7 16; Oyer 3 5-8 11; Maier 2 2-5 7; Boberg 1 2-2 5; Frank 0 8-12 8; Knief 4 0-0 10. Totals: 14 23-34 57.

RIVERSIDE (4-15)

Hickey 4 1-5 9; McGowen 0 1-2 1; Hurley 2 2-3 7; Ledley 4 0-0 10; Egbert 1 0-0 2; Castle 1 4-5 6; Harshbarger 2 1-2 5; Giles 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 9-16 42.

Lakers    7    19    15    16      —     57

Pirates    16    9    9    8    —    42

Three pointers: Indian Lake 6 (Miller 2, Knief 2, Maier, Boberg); Riverside 3 (Ledley 2, Hurley). Rebounds: Riverside 30 (Hickey 8). Assists: Riverside 7. Steals: Riverside 6 (Hurley 3). Turnovers: Riverside 33. Team fouls: Indian Lake 14; Riverside 25.

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