Tigers, Oh my! Lexington shocks Lakeview
Lakeview girls basketball came into Wednesday night’s conference tournament game against Lexington with an 11-4 record while the Tigers had only managed four wins all season.
Those marks didn’t matter at the end of the night as the Minutemaids defeated the previously ranked Vikings, 60-56.
“I think Lexington did a great job of continually attacking us on both offense and defense,” Lakeview head coach Monte Jones said. “They played like a team with nothing to lose, and they attacked the basket aggressively and then they attacked us defensively. They didn’t lay back, they just attacked us. You have to give them credit in that.”
Lakeview had an early 10-8 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead going into halftime thanks to five second-quarter points from Abby Kapels At the break, Lakeview led Lexington 29-22.
Makenna Klug then knocked down a 3-pointer in the opening stretch of the second half to extend the Vikings lead to 10 points.
Klug led Lakeview in scoring with 20 points. She made four shots from behind the arc.
This is when the momentum started to turn in favor of the Tigers.
“We hit that first shot in the second half,” Jones said. “We set up a play and hit a 3 to stretch it to 10, and (Lexington) answered right away, just fearlessly. That’s really it. You just have to give them credit for playing hard.”
Lexington went on a tear in the third quarter, outscoring Lakeview 21-14 to tie the game at 43-44 entering the fourth quarter.
Lexington senior Courtney Hanson scored eight points in the final quarter as Lakeview struggled to find any offense.
″(Lexington) scored 60 and we let them get to the rim a lot,” Jones said.
Free throws would go down as the difference in the fourth as Lakeview made 7 of 16, while Lexington converted 5 of 7.
Gracie Borer scored 16 points for Lakeview hitting five field goals in the second half.
Reese Janssen also tallied double-figure scoring with 12 points.
“What you have to do this part of the season is just hand it to your seniors and say ‘how do you want to finish this?’” Jones said. “You have to have pride, work through it, take ownership of your mistakes, that’s coaches and players and fight to get back to where you were. That’s what we’ll do.
“We’ve had a ton of close games the last two weeks and this is just another one. You’ve got to be aggressive in those situations and Lexington was the aggressor.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.