Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON -- M'Kayla Mike likes it that the Minnesota West women's basketball team schedules tough games prior to the MCAC season.
It's good preparation, she said Saturday afternoon. And now that the Lady Jays are on the verge of beginning their conference schedule, they can take their current 2-5 record in stride. On Saturday at the Center for Health and Wellness, the West women were defeated for the second time this year by Iowa Lakes Community College, 71-61, and soon they'll see if their challenging early-season schedule pays dividends later.
"Hopefully that prepares us for the games coming up," Mike said. "I'd rather make mistakes before the conference schedule comes up. I like the way Moz (head coach Rosalie Hostikka-Hayenga) schedules those tough games."
In Minnesota West's first game against Iowa Lakes at Estherville, Iowa, 10 days earlier, the Lady Jays got off to a slow start and were never able to get the game under control. On Saturday, the Lakers led 7-0 before West outscored them 21-9 for the remainder of the first quarter.
"We were scoring points. We scored 21 points. But I don't think we were turning it over, either," said Hayenga-Hostikka.
West remained in front 37-33 at halftime. But the Lakers outscored the home team 18-11 in the third quarter and 20-13 in the fourth.
Iowa Lakes' fast breaking tendencies became more of a problem as the game wore on. A deeper bench didn't hurt the Lakers, either, as the Lady Jays appeared to tire somewhat. Missed opportunities -- turnovers especially -- hurt the hosts, who committed 27 turnovers in the game. Iowa Lakes out-rebounded West 51-36.
"From the start, we knew they're a transition team. That's what they did the first time. We were more careless with the ball. That's why they got those fast breaks," Mike said. "When we got tired, I don't think our mind was in the game. We just tried to push through it."
The Lakers were led in scoring by Richfield freshman Breanna Wendland, who finished with 23 points. Samantha Hagedorn had 17, Shareece Smith 13 and Safiyer Coleman 11.
Lady Jays forward Emily Shaffer had nine points when she fell to the floor with 8:40 remaining in the fourth quarter due to an apparent ankle or foot injury. The score then was 55-50 in Iowa Lakes' favor. Shaffer did not return, and without one of their best point-getters, the Lady Jays were unable to mount a comeback.
Minnesota West's next game is Friday at home against Rainy River.
Iowa Lakes 16 33 41 71
Lady Jays 21 37 48 61
IOWA LAKES (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Wendland 0-11-1-23, Vaughn 0-1-1-3, Smith 0-3-7-13, Reynolds 0-1-0-2, Hagedorn 3-3-2-17, Hayden 0-1-0-2, Coleman 0-5-2-11. Totals 3-25-12-71.
LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Mike 0-1-3-5, Ramsey 0-1-2-4, Schroer 1-4-0-11, Shaffer 1-3-0-9, Van Roekel 0-5-6-16, Unke 2-1-4-12, Rosenberg 0-1-2-4. Totals 4-16-17-61.