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Lady Royals trounce United Tribes

By   Joe Mellenbruch, Devils Lake Journal

LadyRoyalsVsUnitedTribes.pngIt was over in a hurry. To be completely honest, it wasn’t even close.

This was the unfortunate reality for United Tribes Wednesday night as they took on a red hot Lady Royals team at the Devils Lake Sports Center, and the result was lopsided to say the least.

LRSC went into halftime with a 50-point lead, and it only got worse for the Thunderbirds from there as the Lady Royals cruised to a comfortable 100-41 victory, improving their already perfect conference record to 3-0.

The win also extended LRSC head coach Duane Schwab’s impressive career record against United Tribes with the coach having lost just once to the Lady Thunderbirds in 25 years.

Schwab was pleased to see the Lady Royals claim victory in such dominant fashion, because in conference play, every contest matters.

“Every game is important in the league,” Schwab said. “You can’t afford to slip up.”

Leslie Hairston was the primary catalyst for Lake Region State offensively, putting in a fine 24-point, five-rebound performance.

Hairston provided the inside-offense usually supplied by top-scorer Jordyn Kirk (15.7 ppg), who missed Wednesday’s game due to a calf strain she suffered against Concordia JV over the weekend. If Hairston can continue to produce this brand of offensive production in conjunction with Kirk’s return from injury, the Lady Royals could become a force to be reckoned with, indeed.

“I think it’s a deadly combination,” Hairston said. “I don’t think that there are any two post players that can stop us when we’re both on and we stay out of foul trouble.”

Schwab seems to agree.

“Leslie is starting to shoot the ball well from that 15-20 foot range,” Schwab said. “And Jordyn is so tough to handle inside. Even though she’s only 5-9, she’ll match up with big posts because she’s very quick and strong, and when defenses try and double up on her, that opens up shots for Leslie.

“That’ll be big if we can get that working for us.”

According to Schwab, Kirk should be back healthy by the end of the week.

Jonie Wipf started for the Lady Royals in Kirk’s absence, and she performed very well defensively, racking up 11 total rebounds along with two blocks.

Lake Region State opened the game in a manner that would leave many to assume the final result. The Lady Royals jumped out with a 16-0 run, followed by a subsequent 23-7 run to put the game well beyond the reach of United Tribes.