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WOMENS BASKETBALL: Lakers outlast Lady Jays

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Lady Jay Lindsey Drooger (33) works inside of Lakers guard Sunday Duop for a shot during a nonconference basketball game Wednesday in Worthington.1 / 2
Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Lady Jay Hulstein (32) drives around a Lakers defender during a nonconference basketball game Wednesday in Worthington.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- Despite a game-high 20 points by Tiffany Gehl, the Lady Jay women's basketball team could not overcome a late 12-point deficit to the Iowa Lakes Lakers, falling 66-60 Wednesday night.

"We got in about three or four holes and that is hard to come back from," MW coach Mike Fury said. "We had about three 10-point deficits throughout the game. We got out of the first two and the last one we almost got out of too."

The Lady Jays cut the Lakers lead to four with under a minute left, but came up short, missing two-straight quality looks from downtown.

"We'll take those looks any time when we are trying to get it to a one-point game with under a minute," Fury said. "I'm not happy with the loss, but I'm happy with the effort. We hung in there pretty good."

Minnesota West opened up the game on a 7-2 run in the first two minutes with Gehl and Brittany Hulstein (18 points) contributing layups followed by a 3-pointer from the middle by Lindsey Drooger (10 points). But the lead didn't last long.

"We did some pretty good things tonight, but we hurt ourselves a couple times by turning it over and getting beat on the boards," Fury said. "You just have to play good defense."

After cutting the Lady Jays lead to three with under five minutes off the clock, the Lakers strung together 12 straight points from six different players scoring to take a 20-11 lead.

However, the Lady Jays fought back, going on an eight-point run of their own to cut the Lakers lead to just one with seven minutes left in the half.

But MW then went over three minutes without a basket, allowing Iowa Lakes to pad their lead with 10 more points.

"They put a little pressure on our wings and that hurt us a little bit," Fury said. "Our entry passes on our offense weren't quite sharp enough and we turned it over at midcourt a couple of times because of their pressure."

In the final three and a half minutes, the Lady Jays got themselves out of their second 10-point hole of the game to make it 30-29 before the Lakers Carla Barrera hit a 3-pointer from the right wing make it 33-29 heading into halftime.

"When we turned it over offensively, then we couldn't score and they were scoring on the other end on our turnovers," Fury said. "Both times in the first half when we got down by 10, we turned it over on our end and they scored on their end.

"So when we weren't turning it over, we were running our offense pretty well. That was able to get us back in. I don't know that we tied it or took the lead, but it got us back in the game."

Minnesota West cut Iowa Lakes lead down to three on a five-foot jumper by Katherine Kazemba with 13 minutes left, but the Lakers went on an 11-2 run leaving the Lady Jays in their biggest hole of the game at 55-43.

"The tough deficit was the second half one because we just couldn't quite get back in it," Fury said. "But we kind of hung in there through most of the game, so that was a good thing."

A series of key defensive stops and a layup by Hulstein with under 2 minutes to play pulled the Lady Jays within four points on the tail end of an 11-2 run. But Iowa Lakes was able to hold on for the win after Minnesota West missed a couple 3-point jumpers with under a minute left.

"We needed stops there at the end and we were able to get them when we needed them," Fury said. "They were running the clock down a lot on their possessions, so when it got down to 10 seconds; we really needed to get the stops then. When we got those stops, we were able to go down and score on the opposite end."

The Lady Jays (5-4) host Fond du Lac Saturday and Central Lakes Sunday, with both games at 1 p.m. as the first part of doubleheaders with the men's team.

Daily Globe Reporter Jordan Willi may be reached at 376-7335.IOWA LAKES 66, MINNESOTA WEST 60

IOWA LAKES (4-7): Barrera 4 0-0 11, Kindred 0 0-0 0, Edwards 4 0-0 8, Dykes 1 5-6 7, Duop 4 4-6 12, Johnson 7 2-4 16, Courtney 4 0-0 8, Winston 2 0-0 4, Robin-son 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 11-16 (69%) 66.

MINNESOTA WEST (5-4): Hermerling 0 0-0 0, Rasche 0 0-0 0, Eichenberger 1 0-1 2, Kazemba 1 2-2 4, Gehl 6 8-8 20, Hulstein 6 6-9 18, Drooger 3 3-4 10, Granstra 3 0-0 6. Totals: 20 19-24 (79%) 60.

Halftime: Iowa Lakes 33, Minnesota West 29. 3-Point Goals: Iowa Lakes 3 (Barrera 3); Minnesota West 1 (Drooger). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): Iowa Lakes 21 (none); Minnesota West 14 (none). Technical Fouls: None.