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LCS girls outpaced by quick No. 4 Spirit Lake team

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(Photo by Ryan Christoffel, Dickinson County News) Le Mars' Britney Thompson rejects a shot attempt by Spirit Lake's Jessie Kabele in LCS' game Tuesday.
SPIRIT LAKE -- The Bulldogs came out fighting against the Spirit Lake but couldn't get up enough steam to match the Indians' energy for the night.

No. 4 Spirit Lake claimed the girls' Lakes Conference matchup 64-35.

"Spirit Lake is ranked where they are for a reason," LCS girls' coach Judd Kopperud said. "They're an outstanding team; they're very well-coached. We knew that going in."

(Photo by Ryan Christoffel, Dickinson County News) Le Mars' Holly Schneider lofts a three over her Spirit Lake defenders in Tuesday's conference matchup at Spirit Lake.
LCS stayed close in the first quarter, trailing the Indians 9-5.

Then Spirit Lake pulled ahead, scoring 19 in the second quarter to LCS' 12.

The Indians' halftime lead was 11 points, with the score at 28-17.

"Our girls battled," Kopperud said. "They played hard."

In the third quarter, LCS cut Spirit Lake's lead back to eight points, and the Indians took a time out, but the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize on that momentum.

Spirit Lake (4-1) turned up their intensity and went on a 10-1 run to wrap up the third quarter, putting them ahead 46-29 going into the final stanza.

"That was the difference in the game," Kopperud said.

The Indians outscored LCS 18-6 in the fourth quarter to wrap up the Spirit Lake win.

Leading for the Bulldogs was Emily Pick with 10 points. She nailed three treys and went 1-2 from the free throw line.

Sophomore Britney Thompson scored six points and seniors Molly Renken and Mary Kate Eckstaine scored five for LCS.

Of the Bulldogs' 10 field goals, six were threes.

Spirit Lake senior KJ Veldman led the night's scoring with 21 points, while the Indians' junior Jessi Kabele added 14 points.

The Bulldogs struggled on the free throw line while Spirit Lake only missed a few.

The LCS team went 9-for-22 from the charity stripe while the Indians went 18-for-22 from the line.

Turnovers plagued the Bulldogs. They saw more than 30 in Tuesday's matchup, which is close to their average for the season.

This marks the third loss on the road for LCS, and their record falls to 0-3 and 0-1 in the Lakes Conference.

The Bulldogs travel again Friday for a conference matchup at Emmetsburg.

They'll play their first home game next Tuesday against Western Christian.

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In listening to the game over Klem1410 radio, the number of turnovers is in line with the number of player substitutions in this game. Is that a coincidence? I can't see where a player can get a good feel for the game in less than a minute or so and then return to the bench. I pity the score keepers. If the concept is to keep fresh players in, then turnovers should be a lot less than 30 plus in a game. Turnovers come with sloppy play and tired players not the reverse as in this case.

-- Posted by gunner2012 on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 1:35 PM

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