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Lakers bombard Botkins in third quarter to grab hoops win

A small spark on offense turned into a full fledged scoring blaze Monday as Indian Lake’s girls basketball team caught fire in the third quarter against visiting Botkins and pulled away for a 64-54 non-league victory.

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Indian Lake’s Haley Boberg goes up for a basket past a Botkins’ defender during the third quarter of their game Monday at Indian Lake High School. Boberg led the Lakers with a game high 24 points in a 64-54 victory. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Lakers (5-10) led 31-28 at halftime, and then used a 21-point third quarter to smother any momentum the Trojans (1-11) had left.

“We started pressing in the second half a lot more than we did in the first half,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “They couldn’t handle that and we were able to take advantage.”

Botkins led 17-16 after the opening quarter. Indian Lake fought back to outscore the Trojans 15-11 in the second quarter for a 31-28 advantage.

After the break, Indian Lake’s squad showed new life and the offense went on the attack. The Lakers outscored the Trojans 21-12 in the third period to open up a 12-point cushion (52-40).

Senior guard Haley Boberg fueled the third-quarter surge, recording 14 of the Lakers’ 21 points in the quarter.

“Haley really stepped up,” said McMahon. “I’ve been talking to the girls about players stepping up, and she did that tonight. She had a great third quarter for us.”

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