LAKIN — The Lakin Lady Broncs picked a good early Christmas present for the entire team.
A second straight win after opening the season 0-3 will put a holiday smile on anyone’s face.
And for first-year Lakin coach Marisela Rodriguez, it was hard to contain that smile after her girls pulled off an impressive 57-38 win over Sublette.
Because it was a team effort, Rodriguez said, it feels even sweeter.
“It feels good. We figured out that working as a team offensively works well for us,” she said.
Sublette had shot its way to within a point at 11-10 late in the opening quarter before Lakin’s 24-9 second-quarter run sent the Lady Larks into a tailspin from which they could never recover.
The Broncs converted 9-of-11 free throws, to go with a pair of treys and four other field goals in that pivotal period.
Their defense forced six Sublette turnovers, and that seemed to spark Lakin the rest of the way.
Junior post Robin Ritsema and sophomore forward Kaylee Dale led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points each.
“Using Robin is an advantage. She’s obviously the tallest girl out there (6-2), so she should be our go-to player,” Rodriguez said. “But our wings have learned how to reverse the ball. We’re meshing.”
A scoring drought of four minutes in the second quarter and one of seven minutes in the third led to the Larks to shooting just 14 of 41 from the floor.
The second quarter was about as good a quarter as Lakin has played thus far, Rodriguez said.
“We’ve got a lot better at pressuring the ball, and once we do, we calm down and control it,” she said.
It was almost a complete game, she added, as they committed just 12 turnovers (half their average) and hit from all parts of the court.
Lakin hit four 3-pointers, including three from Mollie Calderon.
“Today the girls took care of the ball. It felt like they were a better team,” Rodriguez said.
Lakin out-rebounded Sublette 38-18, which didn’t help matters much, Larks coach Andrea Ardery said.
“Our shooting percentage has gone way down (since the start of the season). We haven’t in the last two games been able to get our shots to fall,” she said.
Lakin’s height advantage altered her team, Ardery said. Her team also didn’t communicate throughout the game, and that impacted the Larks negatively.
“We can either take that as a learning experience and build from that, or we can stay where we’re at,” she said.
Peyton Whaler led the Larks with 13 points, but she was the only Sublette player in double figures. Even Alexis Ornelas, averaging 13.5 points a game, was held to just six.
“We have a couple of days to work on things, get things turned around,” Ardery said as her team closes December play against Satanta.
Sublette (2-3)—Watson 2 0-0 4, Briggs 2 0-0 4, Perez 0 2-2 2, Ornelas 2 2-3 6, Koehn 1 0-0 2, Whaler 5 2-4 13, Martens 1 0-0 2, Gonzalez 1 3-4 5. Totals 14-41 9-13 38.
Lakin (2-4)—Watkins 2 0-0 4, Ritsema 7 0-0 14, Hendrix 1 3-4 5, Calderon 3 0-0 9, Dale 5 3-5 13, Crum 0 5-6 5, Swank 3 0-0 7. Totals 17-54 11-15 57.
Sublette 12 9 7 10 — 38
Lakin 13 24 13 7 — 57
3-point goals—Sublette 1-10 (Whaler), Lakin 4-10 (Calderon 3, Swank). Rebounds—Sublette 18 (Gonzalez 4), Lakin 38 (Ritsema 12, Dale 6). Fouls—Sublette 12, Lakin 17. Technical fouls—none.