Iowa Lakes protects home floor
ESTHERVILLE — The persistence of the Laker women wore down the Panthers of Ellsworth 72-55 Saturday. Although Ellsworth ended the first half with a five point advantage at 31-26, the Lakers laid some solid groundwork to put them in a good position entering the second half. Throughout the first half the Lakers continued to attack on the inside successfully drawing fouls from the Panther defense. Foul trouble and a thin bench proved to be too much for Ellsworth in the second half. The Lakers outscored the Panthers 18-9 in the third to take a four point lead into the fourth quarter. The trend continued in the fourth quarter leading to a 72-55 win over Ellsworth.
The Lakers were led by Mia Wassink who recorded a double-double with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one assist. Lauryn Smith added 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
“Great team win today against Ellsworth. I thought we had very good attention to detail. We executed very well in the second half with solid contributions from everyone,” Iowa Lakes women's basketball coach Ashley Martin said.
The Lakers move to 10-14 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. The Lakers are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Mason City to take on NIACC for a 5:30 p.m. tip.