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Indian Lake overwhelms WL-Salem 59-35

West Liberty-Salem’s girls basketball team searched for an answer to stop Indian Lake’s potent offensive attack Saturday, but never found it.

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Indian Lake’s Lindsey Chismar goes up for a shot as West Liberty- Salem’s Mollie Etgen, left, and Sydney Eggleston, right, defend during the second quarter of their game Saturday at Indian Lake High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Lakers, who shot 44 percent from the three-point line, overwhelmed the Tigers and took command early en route to a 59-35 victory.

“We wanted to run the floor and get good looks,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “We played good defense, too, and I thought we did both of those things for the first two quarters of the game.

“Our intensity was very good, too. We were playing at a high speed and that is what I wanted. It was just a good team effort and did what we needed to do.”

Indian Lake (2-0) was sharp from the opening whistle Saturday and turned in a dominating first half. The Lakers held a 25-point advantage at halftime.

“Indian Lake came out and shot really well,” said WL-Salem head coach Dennis McIntosh. “We also didn’t hit our shots early on. We knew we needed to pressure them and do a better job of boxing out.

“That was the difference in the first half. They got everything on offense and on the defensive end. We knew they had good shooters and they knocked down their shots.”

The Lakers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter and went on take a 20-8 advantage at the end of the period. They turned in a similar effort in the second quarter, outscoring WL-Salem 19-6 to open up a 39-14 lead at halftime.

Indian Lake drilled five of its eight three pointers in the first half.

“It is tough to defend us when we are hitting our three-point shots,” said McMahon. “They didn’t pressure us much and couldn’t get into their zone defense.”

“We just didn’t do a good job defending that,” said McIntosh. “We didn’t pressure them and we let them shoot and it showed in the first half. All we can do is hope to learn and get better.”

The Lakers led by as many as 35 points during the third quarter.

Claire Maier led the Lakers with 13 points and Haley Boberg had 12 points. Mikaela Oyer tallied 10 points, while Sydney Miller and Leslie Reichert each added eight points.

Melany Ward paced WL-Salem with 12 points and Maria Daulton contributed eight points.

The Lakers also won the junior varsity game 37-25. Megan Lonsway led Indian Lake with 16 points, while Mia Walters paced WL-Salem with eight points.

Both teams are back in action Tuesday. Indian Lake travels to Tecumseh for a Central Buckeye Conference contest and WL-Salem travels to Graham for a non-league contest.

INDIAN LAKE 59, WL-SALEM 35

WL-SALEM (0-1)

Daulton 3 2-2 8; Ward 5 0-0 12; Shoemaker 1 0-0 2; Cox 1 0-0 2; Frederick 0 1-2 1; Day 3 0-0 6; Eggleston 2 0-0 4. Totals: 15 3-4 35.

INDIAN LAKE (2-0)

Keckler 1 0-0 2; Boberg 3 4-4 12; Dye 1 0-0 2; Miller 3 0-0 8; Chismar 2 0-0 4; Reichert 3 2-2 8; Oyer 4 2-3 10; Maier 4 1-2 13. Totals: 21 9-11 59.

Tigers    8    6    11    10  — 35

Lakers    20    19    18    2    —    59

Three pointers: WL-Salem 2 (Ward 2); Indian Lake 8 (Maier 4, Miller 2, Boberg 2). Team fouls: WL-Salem 8; Indian Lake 7.

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