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Wolves can’t carry over momentum from OT victory in loss

December 9, 2017 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY — Facing a 12-point halftime deficit in Friday night’s game against Lake Central, Michigan City head coach Mike Megyese still felt his Wolves were still in the hunt for their second consecutive win.

Fresh off a thrilling, two-point, buzzer-beating win over New Prairie on Monday, City did battle back and cut the deficit to four points with 45 seconds left in the third and were behind just six with one quarter to play.

However, the Indians proved their mettle down the stretch and pulled away for a 69-53 victory in the Duneland Athletic Conference matchup at Michigan City.

The Wolves (4-5, 0-3 DAC), who didn’t help their cause with early turnovers and foul trouble, were led by freshman Katelyn Halfacre (17 points, four 3-pointers) and Hannah Noveroske (16 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks).

“We felt in that second quarter, regardless of the halftime score, we were still in the game,” Megyese said. “I really thought we were prepared for Lake Central’s press. I don’t think their press hurt us; we just hurt ourselves. The turnovers hurt us, but I thought we adjusted well.

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“The game was definitely closer than a 16-point deficit, but a loss is still a loss. We have to find ways to win some conference games. But I saw some things I liked: Katelyn Halfacre played a great game, and Hannah still had a great game despite picking up two early fouls.”

Lake Central used a 16-3 run over the final 3:25 in the first quarter to take a 23-12 lead. The game went back-and-forth in the second quarter and midway through the third before City went on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit 46-42 with 2:12 left in the period.

Lake Central gained back momentum on a three-point basket by Lauren Ladowski and a six-point lead heading into the fourth where the Indians outscored the Wolves, 19-9.

Boasting victories over Marquette, Penn and Munster, Lake Central (7-4, 2-1 DAC), was led by the outside punch of Ladowski (game-high 24 points) and the inside-outside play of Rachel Robards (16 points). Ladowski scored 10 in the fourth, while Robards added eight.

“We cut the deficit to four and then Ladowski hits a big three,” Megyese said. “That’s why she’s one of the best players in the area. But there were times when our girls were out of position; you have to play 32 minutes of basketball.”

LAKE CENTRAL 69, MICHIGAN CITY 53

Lake Central`23`12`15`19`–`69

Michigan City`12`11`21`9`–`53

LAKE CENTRAL (69)

Lauren Ladowski 7 8-10 24, Sara Zabrecky 4 2-2 11, Stephanie Dijak 0 0-0 0, Albriana Gibbs 1 3-4 5, Cheyenne Mathas 1 0-0 3, Taylor Jaksich 0 0-0 0, Taiylour Kirkwood 3 1-3 8, Rachel Robards 4 7-8 16, Lauren Smolen 1 0-2 2. Totals: 21 21-30 69.

MICHIGAN CITY (53)

DeNaya Hall 2 0-1 4, Katelyn Halfacre 6 0-2 16, Joani Ashley 1 1-2 4, Brittany Adams 1 0-0 2, Janica Anderson 3 0-2 6, Hannah Noveroske 7 3-5 17, Molly Heath 0 0-0 0, Shellaya Miller 1 1-2 4, Lavonya Pointer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 5-14 53.

3-pointers: (LC) Ladowski 2, Zabrecky 1, Kirkwood 1, Robards 1, Jaksich 1; (MC) Halfacre 4, Miller 1, Ashley 1.