Huron Valley Lakeland picked up two wins last week to keep pace in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division.
The Eagles began the week with a 40-21 victory at Walled Lake Western on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Lakeland (8-2 overall, 4-1 in the KLAA North) led 27-9 at halftime and won despite a low-scoring second half.
“We were somewhat sluggish in this game, not finishing some easy baskets,” said Lakeland Coach Mike Head.
“Our defense allows us to overcome that sluggishness on occasion; this was one of those occasions.”
Stephanie Lock led Lakeland with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Ciara Schultz had 11 points.
“I was able to play around with some line-ups, and some of our bench personnel did some good things. Jessie Clink was effective at the point (guard position), moving the ball around their zone. Caitlin Wojichowski and Julia Attard did some good things on defense and Sam Mortellaro knocked down a couple of shots for us.”
Western fell to 1-9 and 0-5.
Lakeland then followed up with a 42-23 win at Waterford Mott on Friday, Jan. 21.
Lock scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Schultz had 6 points.
“We moved Lock around their zone. If she didn’t get a shot off, she made a nice pass,” Head said. “She’s had three good games in her career in Mott’s gym. We even talked about it before the game.
“Jillian Parsons had one of her best games of the year,” he said. “She played excellent defense, jumping out on screens and disrupting Mott’s motion offense.”
Mott fell to 2-7 and 2-3.
Lakeland trails Waterford Kettering by a game in the KLAA North race and will travel to Kettering on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Until then, the Eagles play two games this week, beginning tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 26 at home against rival Huron Valley Milford.
Lakeland will then host Walled Lake Central on Friday, Jan. 28.