By KEVIN THOMPSON
SATANTA — Don't call it a make-up game, even though it had been rescheduled due to snow two weeks ago.
Call it more of a gut-check game.
As the regular season winds down and heads towards the post-season, both Lakin and Satanta coaches were looking to see at what level their respective teams were willing to play.
The Lakin Broncs won the battle, 49-44, and, as coach Nate Schmidt said, it was a good win considering how many mistakes they made.
"It seems like, in almost every win this year, we have something go on that takes away from us enjoying the win," he said. "We just need to get better. A lot of these guys have no varsity experience except for this year, so I was proud of how we held on to win."
Sophomore Ryder Yakel got the Broncs started, hitting a pair of 3s, but then he didn't score again until the second half, finishing with 19 points.
He was the only Bronc in double figures. Poor first-half shooting stymied the Indians in the first half, converting just four of their 23 field goal attempts.
Still, key free throws and 11 Lakin turnovers kept them in it, down just 20-15 at the break.
Four-straight turnovers early in the third quarter helped Satanta come back and take a 22-21 lead at the 5:45 mark before the Broncs got their offense back in sync, taking a 33-29 lead at the next break.
The Indians got to within two points at the midway point of the fourth period, but missed shots late. And missed free throws did them in.
"That's a good team we played," Schmidt said of Satanta. "I can't say enough about how much they've improved."
Lakin's turnovers continued to plague them, Schmidt noted, with too many of them coming from bad decisions.
"We're very poor on valuing the basketball," he said. "A lot of them are unforced. It puts us in a bind from the get-go."
That's all fundamentals, Schmidt said, and it's something his team will have to work on heading into the postseason.
The Broncs (9-9) won the battle of the boards (35-21) with senior Javier Esquivel grabbing 13 of them, five on the offensive side.
"He's been a beast for us the last few games," Schmidt said.
Satanta played hard, as they have all season, coach Tim Dusin said, but they just made too many little errors in a close game to give them the chances they needed.
"We competed. It would have been nice to keep playing well at home. It just didn't happen tonight," he said.
Not holding the lead down the stretch was due to making little mistakes that got them in trouble, he said, citing playing too fast, getting out of control and missing too many easy shots.
"I'm always happy with our effort," Dusin said. "We played hard. We competed. We went after loose balls."
Three players scored in double figures for the Indians, led by Garrett Miller's 13 points and Trathen Stanfill and James Turpin with 11 each.
Satanta (9-9) shot just 28 percent from the floor (14 of 50), and too many of those were short inside shots.
They also missed nine free throws.
The loss doesn't affect the sub-state standings, Dusin believes, as his team should go in as a three seed against teams they have seen and beaten this season.
Lakin 10 10 13 16 -- 49
Satanta 8 7 14 15 -- 44
Lakin (9-9, 5-2)--Seeger 1 1-2 3, Shelden 2 1-2 5, Reyes 1 0-0 2, Aparicio 3 1-2 7, McAtee 2 0-2 4, Yakel 6 4-6 19, Esquivel 2 3-5 7, Klassen 1 0-0 2. Totals 18-36 10-19 49.
Satanta (9-9, 3-4)--Stanfill 5 1-02 11, Colantonio 1 3-4 5, Turpin 3 5-6 11, Miller 4 5-9 13, Garcia 1 2-4 4. Totals 14-50 16-25 44.
3-point field goals--Lakin 3-13 (Yakel 3), Satanta 0-2. Rebounds--Lakin 35 (Esquivel 13), Satanta 21 (Colantonio 7). Turnovers--Lakin 24, Satanta 16. Fouled out--none. Total fouls--Lakin 17, Satanta 16. Technical fouls--none.
Lakin girls 57, Satanta 48
Thursday's game was more than just a make-up game.
This late in the season, every win counts towards seeding in the post-season, and Lakin's 57-48 win over Satanta went far enough to make it count.
For Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis, the win also meant building momentum heading into sub-state play in under two weeks. The win was against an improved Lady Indians team over the one they faced last month in the league tournament.
"It took everything we had to go out and get a win," he said. "The wins at this point are huge, not necessarily for seeding with our sub-state, but for momentum."
Lakin took advantage of Satanta's shallow bench in the second quarter when they outscored them 20-8.
"We sensed their legs going out from under them a little bit. They hadn't subbed at all and we knew we had the advantage there," Michaelis said.
The one-two punch of Robin Ritsema and Mariah Watkins did the bulk of the damage for the Lady Broncs.
Ritsema, Lakin's 6-foot-1 sophomore post, led all scorers with 26 points (all on field goals) and 14 rebounds.
Watkins added 19 points and seven boards.
Lakin (10-9) had a 15-12 lead after a quarter and 27-20 at the break, but a 24-point third period brought the Lady Indians closer. At one point, they even had it tied at 42 with 1:15 remaining in the quarter, but trailed 47-44 at the period break.
After that, it was 2-for-14 shooting that did in the Indians in the final period, getting only as close as 53-48 with 2:15 to play.
Satanta coach Janie Lutz knew the deeper and taller Lakin lineup would be tough to play, but her team stepped up when they needed.
"It's a challenge for us when we don't have size. But we have quickness to match up," she said.
Playing against a taller lineup meant their outside game had to play well, and they did as Valerie Caro had 20 points and sister Vanessa had 13.
"We played with more confidence there," Lutz said. "Both Caro twins have come a long way on their confidence level."
Lutz said Satanta (8-10) should get the second seed heading to sub-state, right behind Spearville, which the Lady Indians beat recently.
In the past month, the Indians have been playing better, she said, getting Jennifer Rehmke back into playing shape and Emily Stalker gaining more confidence inside.
"We see positive things every time we go out," Lutz said.
Lakin 15 12 20 10 -- 57
Satanta 12 8 24 4 48
Lakin (10-9, 4-3)--Watkins 6 5-6 19, Ritsema 13 0-2 26, Calderon 1 0-2 2, Davidson 2 0-0 4, Dale 3 0-0 6. Totals 25-57 5-10 57.
Satanta (8-10, 3-4)--Stalker 4 0-0 8, Stalker 2 0-0 4, Van. Caro 5 2-3 13, Val. Caro 8 2-2 20 Chavez 1 1-1 3. Totals 20-53 5-6 48.
3-point field goals--Lakin 2-9 (Watkins 2), Satanta 3-9 (Van. Caro 1, Val. Caro 2). Rebounds--Lakin 31(Ritsema 14, Watkins 7), 23 (Van. Caro 8). Turnovers--Lakiin 15, Satanta 15. Fouled out--none. Total fouls--Lakin 7, Satanta 11. Technical fouls--none.