The Lake Region State College Lady Royals basketball team would play host to Canadian Mennonite University and Jamestown JV this past weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Classic.
During most of the weekend, the games were never in any doubt. The Lady Royals took care of the visitors with a combination of defensive pressure and timely runs. It began game one when LRSC turned over CMU 31 times and used a 26-9 run in the first quarter and 21-11 run in the third quarter to seal the 76-43 victory. Jordan Worley led the Royals with 18 points in the game.
In the game versus Jamestown JV the Lady Royals continued to dial up the pressure using multiple full court presses and defensive looks. They turned over the Jimmies 26 times throughout the game. LRSC would score 52 first half points, giving up only 30 to the visitors. The only time things got close all weekend for the Lady Royals was the third quarter, when they were outscored 24-12 cutting into their lead. They held off the late run by Jamestown JV to take the win 84-69. Five players scored double figures for LRSC led by Dani Schwanke with 16 points who brought a spark off the bench. Maara Nelson filled up the stat column with 13 points 8 rebounds 6 assists.
Head Coach Danny Mertens said about the weekend, "I was happy with our overall play throughout the weekend. There were times we went through 3-5 minute lulls where we did not play our best basketball. Early on in the season these things happen, we need to continue to improve every day and eliminate those trouble stretches. We really did a nice job with our pressure defense causing 57 turnovers in two games, which is a great number. If we continue to pressure the ball like that, we will have success."
The Lady Royals are now 5-2 on the season and head out to Sheridan, WY for the Lions Club Tournament taking on Sheridan on Friday and Northwest College on Saturday.