College basketball: Minnesota West swept by Iowa Lakes
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa -- Minnesota West continued its busy schedule to open the 2015-16 season with a short trip to Estherville, Iowa, to take on Iowa Lakes Community College Saturday.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - Minnesota West continued its busy schedule to open the 2015-16 season with a short trip to Estherville, Iowa, to take on Iowa Lakes Community College Saturday.
The Bluejay men trailed by just eight at halftime. Despite what head coach Justin Heckenlaible said was a strong effort, they couldn’t overcome a cold snap to open the second half and lost 91-69.
For the Lady Jays, a lack of numbers has been tough to overcome. Because of injuries and foul trouble, they finished Saturday’s contest with just five available players. The Lakers used that advantage to pull away for an 87-48 win.
Iowa Lakes 91, West 69
The Bluejays hung right with a strong Lakers squad throughout the first half Saturday. They trailed by only four points going into the last few moments before halftime, at which point the Lakers went on a 4-0 run to go up by eight at the break.
In the second half, they went through a cold snap in the shooting department. That allowed the home team to extend its lead and eventually pull away.
“To start the second half we got some looks we just couldn’t get anything to fall,” Heckenlaible said, also citing his team’s 47-34 disadvantage on the boards. “Defensively I thought we looked good in our zone. Overall I thought it was a very good effort.”
Justin Kruse, a freshman from Ellsworth High School, had a big game for the Jays. He made 10-of-15 shots from the field to notch a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds. Zech Adams added 14 points while Jordan Chester had nine. Rasheed Cameron had eight points and four assists.
“I thought Justin Kruse played very well,” Heckenlaible said. “Iowa Lakes has a really nice team this year.”
West is back in action at 8 p.m. tonight when it travels to Sioux City, Iowa, for a battle with Morningside’s junior varsity.
“If we play with the same efficiency we did Saturday we’ll have an excellent chance to win,” Heckenlaible said.
WEST: Adams 4-1-0-14, Prouty 1-0-2-5, Pennington 0-0-1-1, Kruse 0-10-1-21, Koerselman 0-1-2-4, Cameron 0-4-0-8, Yelverton 0-0-2-2, Hayenga 1-0-0-3, McCraney 0-1-0-2, Chester 3-0-0-9. Totals: 8-18-9-69.
IOWA LAKES: Cox 2-4-5-19, Wilder 0-4-6-14, Jones 2-3-1-13, Runkel 0-3-3-9, Tucek 0-1-0-2, Bressler Jr. 1-5-2-15, Woodley 0-5-01-11, Keller 0-3-2-8. Totals: 5-28-20-91.
Iowa Lakes 87, West 48
“This is a brutal schedule if you’re healthy; let alone if you’re a little banged up.”
Minnesota West Lady Jays’ head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka’s team has been through the wringer so far this season. They have played five games against tough opponents in just eight days. That’s with a roster that was thin to begin with and has now been bitten by the injury bug.
With Maer Abella fouling out early in the second half, the Lady Jays had to play most of the second half with only five available players. That made the final score look a little more lopsided than it should have.
“I don’t think the final score is a good indication of how we played,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “They scored five points in the last 22 seconds before halftime. Before that we were only down by four. That sort of set the tone for the second half.”
Despite a monster performance by Brooke Henning during which she tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds, the Lakers were able to pull away in the second half. They out-scored West 51-21 in the second half.
Needless to say, the first-year head coach is ready to get her team back in earnest.
“I’m excited for when we can get our whole roster back,” she said. “It will be fun to see what we can do. It will take a while to get our game in gear, but I think we’ll look good once everything comes together.”
Taylor Noid added 14 points to the scoring effort with Brenna Kremer scoring six.
The Lady Jays (1-4 overall) are back on the floor at 6 p.m. tonight against Morningside’s JV in Sioux City.
West 27 48
Iowa Lakes 36 87
WEST: Hermeling 0-2-1-5, Nelson 1-0-0-3, Noid 3-2-1-14, Kremer 0-2-2-6, Henning 2-3-6-18, Evans 0-1-0-2. Totals: 6-10-10-48.
IOWA LAKES: Olney 1-2-1-8, L. Smith 3-4-3-20, A. Smith 3-2-6-19, Petrich 0-5-0-10, Boyer 2-4-0-14, Lincoln 0-4-0-8, Stennis 0-1-0-2, Hoeppner 0-2-0-4, Dunivant 0-1-0-2. Totals: 9-25-10-87.