By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

LAKIN When cars run out of gas, they just don't ever reach their intended destination.

Lakin girls basketball coach Shawn Michaelis pretty much summed up his team's second half performance the same way Saturday night in a 48-41 non-league loss to Larned.

"We just missed a lot of shots, ran out of gas," Michaelis said. "I don't know if it had anything to do with us playing Friday night (a 51-45 road win at Goodland), but we just didn't do the things we needed to do to win."

Larned (5-3) took a 35-31 lead into the final eight minutes after the game had been tied at halftime. Lakin junior Keyton McAtee dropped in a bucket at the 7:06 mark to pull the Lady Broncs to within 35-33, but that would be the closest they would get. Six straight points gave the Indians some breathing room and from there it was simply too little, too late for Lakin (5-4).

A big problem for the Broncs was sophomore guard Mariah Hill got into early foul trouble with three in the first half.

"Having her on the bench took us out of what we wanted to do, especially on the offensive side," Michaelis said.

Still, Michaelis sees improvement in his team's performance just after the holiday break.

"Last year, Larned handled us easily and this time we played them much better," Michaelis said. "The kids worked hard this summer every day. They are doing everything we've asked them to do and a coach can't ask for much more."

One player who did have a standout performance for the Broncs was senior Amy Dunn. Dunn was the sparkplug for Lakin as she dumped in a game-high 19 points and also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

"Amy's been playing really good for us and tonight was no exception," Michaelis said. "She's just been consistent."

In spite of the setback, Michaelis said his team was improving as the season moves along.

"We're still doing a lot of good things and we've made a ton of progress," he said.

The shooting woes for the Lady Broncs were evident in field goals (12-of-42, 28.5 percent) and free throws (17-of-31, 54.8 percent).

Larned's 6-foot junior center, Amanda Haberman, topped the Indians' effort with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Brittney Perez shared high-point honors with Haberman as she connected on 6-of-9 free throws and canned one 3-pointer.

The Brons are idle until Friday night and travel to Leoti to face Wichita County in a Hi-Plains League contest.

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Larned 48, Lakin 41

LARNED (5-3) Farley 0-5 4-6 4, George 2-11 2-4 8, Schartz 0-2 3-6 3, Dietrich 1-1 0-0 3, Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, Seeman 0-2 0-0 0, Perez 4-9 6-9 15, Haberman 6-11 3-3 15, Sport 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-43 18-28 48.

LAKIN (5-4) Hill 2-3 1-2 5, Jones 1-4 3-11 5, Jennings 2-12 2-2 7, McAtee 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 1-2 1, Rogers 0-4 2-2 2, Kysar 0-1 1-2 1, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0, Dunn 5-13 8-12 19. Totals 11-41 17-31 41.

Larned 13 12 10 13 -- 48

Lakin 13 12 6 10 -- 41

3-point goals Larned 4-16 (Farley 0-2, George 2-10, Dietrich 1-1, Perez 1-3), Lakin 2-8 (Jennings 1-7, Dunn 1-1). Rebounds Larned 37 (Haberman 13), Lakin 40 (Dunn 14). Turnovers Larned 11, Lakin 17. Fouls Larned 22, Lakin 24. Fouled out Larned (Farley), Lakin (McAtee, Dunn).