The two teams did not disappoint as they
battled their way through four intense quarters of play that
resulted in a 77-72 win on the road for Lincoln.
LC’s defense was put to the test early as Lake Land kept
constant pressure on them which led to several Lincoln players
getting into first half foul trouble. The Lakers were able take
a five-point lead into the halftime break at 36-31 and maintain
that margin into the fourth quarter. In the final period of
play, LC turned the tables on Lake Land and outscored them 23-13
to win 77-72.
Sophomore guard Nautica Preston (Chicago) came up huge for LC by
scoring 24 points going 7 of 9 from beyond the three-point arc.
Freshman Elizabeth Bankole (Rockford) also turned in a terrific
performance with a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) and 2
blocked shots. Sophomore Erynn Young’s (Indianapolis, IN) 12
points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals were also
keys to the victory.
Lincoln Coach Matt Vavro is proud of how his team handled their
first close contest of the season. Vavro said, “This was a huge
win on the road for us to start region play against a very tough
Lake Land team.”
Coach Vavro recognized the difficulty getting into foul trouble
meant for his team which was shorthanded due to injuries. “We
only dressed seven players which makes getting into foul trouble
that much more of an issue. I thought we kept our composure and
confidence while trailing in the fourth quarter and were able to
get some timely stops when we needed them most,” he said.
LC (7-0) is off until next Wednesday when they will play at
Belleville-Lindenwood at 7:30 pm.