Article by Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal, posted Feb. 20, 2014 at 10:35am.
Despite being in the lead going into the locker room, something seemed just a bit off about the Lake Region State College (LRSC) women's basketball team in the first half. The shots weren't quite falling and Dakota College of Bottineau was getting plenty of open looks.
[Photo by Devils Lake Journal: Sophomore post Leslie Hairston looks to play a pass from her post position against the Lumberjacks. LRSC made quick work of Dakota College of Bottineau, eventually winning by an 83-54 final score.]
"We played a very poor first half," Duane Schwab, Royal head coach, said straightforwardly after the game. "I thought we came out very flat. That was definitely something we addressed at halftime."
LRSC came out as a new team in the second team. Starting the half on a 16-2 run, the Royals got things going with an impressive pressure defense. Between hot shooting and consistent play all over, LRSC cruised to victory in the second half.
The home team walked away with a home conference 83-54 triumph.
"We played much, much better in the second half," Schwab commented. "I thought we handled the ball better and rebound the ball very well. It was good to see the team come out like that in the second half."
Once the Royal offense got going in the final 20 minutes, it didn't stop. A pair of threes by Sarah Schafer and a jumper by Jordyn Kirk gave the team a 50-34 lead. Inside buckets by Leslie Hairston and Becca Scherr kept the offensive effort going. It didn't stop there either as reserve forward Rebecca Eberle hit three straight shots late in the half. LRSC walked away with the 83-58 thanks to an energized performance in the second half.
The Royals, who have clinched the Mon-Dak regular season title, improve to 25-3 on the season. LRSC is now 9-0 in the conference.
"We need to keep pushing forward," Schwab stated. "It's going to be important to come out strong from here on out."