Swanton dug themselves too big of a hole, down by as many as 15 in the first half, and could not overcome the deficit in a 51-34 home loss to Lake in girls basketball Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The Flyers saw five different players score in the opening half, getting out to an 18-3 advantage at the 6:21 mark of the second quarter following Kelsie Gladieux’s 3-pointer.
But, from that point on, the Dogs went on a 10-2 run prior to halftime.
First it was Sam Taylor laying one in on a backdoor cut, then Aricka Lutz scored on a drive to the hoop, and her sister Averie Lutz off a steal to pull them within 18-9 with 3:13 before half. Hayley St. John got the Flyers back on the board with a putback of her own miss; however, Aricka Lutz answered at the other end.
Trista Eitniear’s bucket off the dish from Aricka Lutz put the Swanton deficit at 20-13 at halftime.
Lake closed the third quarter with a 7-2 run which bumped their lead back to 15, 36-21. Delani Robinson buried a three and St. John scored four straight points to end the frame around Aricka Lutz’ bucket for the Dogs.
Swanton continued to fight in the fourth where they orchestrated a 11-3 run to begin the period.
Katlyn Floyd scored for the Dogs off a pass from Frankie Nelson, then Robinson and Averie Lutz traded triples, followed by a Floyd bucket off a backdoor cut and Nelson’s putback. They got even closer, 39-32, when Aricka Lutz converted a drive to the hoop with just 5:20 to go.
Nevertheless, Swanton would be held down from there. They were limited to just two points over the final five plus minutes.
Lake increased its lead to 14 with around two minutes to go after Ava Ayers drive and score, St. John’s made jumper, Brigid Enright’s score off an inbound play, and Robinson’s stickback of a missed free throw to make it 47-33. Swanton’s point came on a free throw by Aricka Lutz.
Swanton next hosts Evergreen this Thursday in a non-league matchup.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010