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November 12, 2012
By Bob Lapadot of Garrett High School

Lakewood Park beats Garrett

AUBURN — Four quarters of discomfort got them one good run.

That’s what Lakewood Park girls basketball David Robinson was hoping for Thursday night against Garrett, and his Panthers delivered, capitalizing on their all-out attacking style with a spurt of 10 straight points in the second half. That put the Panthers ahead, and they withstood a late Railroader comeback for a 56-52, one of the biggest Robinson has had in his tenure as Panther coach.

“I’m so proud of the way the girls played,” Robinson said. “They worked hard all week, and their hard work paid off. “That’s a big win. Garrett’s an established program. We’re trying to become more established. To get a win against them, it’s big.”

Suzanne Grimm led the Panthers with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and hit two huge baskets back-to-back to take the Panther lead from five points to 53-44 just past the midway point of the fourth quarter. Rae Faur added 16 points as the Panthers won their season opener. Brandi Dawson overcame foul trouble to score a game-high 22 for Garrett (1-1), and also snared 10 rebounds. Emily Somers added 15.

The Railroaders got within 55-52 on Dawson’s inside bucket with 35.2 seconds to go, but Nicole Faur hit the front of end of a bonus to make it a two-possession game. She missed her bonus shot, but typical of the Panthers’ play all night, flung herself into a pile of bodies and forced a held ball, with the arrow pointing Lakewood’s way. The Panthers kept the game at a frantic pace all night, constantly pressing and harassing the Railroaders on defense, and showing no shyness about firing away on offense.

“Our game plan was to speed up the tempo, and make it as chaotic and hectic as possible,” Robinson said. “We were just playing for our one run. We were banking on the fact that we’ll be comfortable playing the entire game that way, and the other team will have some kind of breakdown.

“The girls executed the game plan. They battled, they fought hard. We got big contributions from everybody.” The run came after a Kaitlin Wisel three had tied it for Garrett 36-36. A three from Rae Faur and a basket inside by Grimm gave the Panthers a 42-36 lead after three.

Nicole Faur’s putback and a drive by Natalie Mafera made it 46-36 as the foruth quarter opened, Rae Faur nailed all three shots after being fouled behind line the to give the Panthers their largest margin a 49-38 moments later.

Dawson picked up her third foul just before halftime. Garrett coach Bob Lapadot had a sub waiting at the scorer’s table to prevent that from happening, but play didn’t stop until the foul.

“We came out passive,” Lapadot said. “We came out trying to just survive till the fourth quarter and not be in foul trouble. Obviously, that didn’t work out very well.”

“We played well, they played well. They just overpowered us. They’re stronger than us, they’re quicker than us, they got to the ball and we didn’t. That team’s going to win a whole lot of games. If they can play that way for four quarters every time out, they’re going to be hard to beat.”

Lapadot felt his team improved from its season-opening win at Churubusco, but felt the effects of the Panther pressure.

“We didn’t turn the ball over in the full court, we turned it over in the half-court,” Lapadot said. “We made bad decisions, and that’s part of being pressed all night. Your mind starts to relax a little and you’re not focused once you break (the press). “We made bad passes, and we didn’t rebound. They had (23) offensive rebounds and that led to a lot of points.”

LP JV 37, Garrett 31

Hannah Priskorn scored twice off steals in a 12-0 second-half run for the Panthers. Priskorn led Lakewood Park with 12 points, Allison Sowle had 11 and Krystyna Thompson added 10. Rachel DePew had 12 to lead Garrett and Britmarie Yarian scored nine.

Lakewood 56, Garrett 52
Players    fg-fga    ft-fta    tp    rb    as    st
Somers g    5-10    3-5    15    1    3    2
Oliver g    0-6    0-0    0    7    1    3
Dawson g    8-19    4-4    22    10    5    2
Wisel g    4-12    0-0    9    3    3    3
Riedley f    0-0    0-0    0    3    0    1
Stafford    0-1    0-2    0    3    0    1
Creager    0-2    0-0    0    3    0    1
Smith    3-6    0-2    6    4    0    1
Yarian    0-0    0-0    0    0    0    0
totals    20-56    7-13    52    41    12    14
Lakewood Park
Players    fg-fga    ft-fta    tp    rb    as    st
N. Mafera g    1-6    0-0    2    4    7    0
J. Mafera g    1-5    0-0    3    5    0    1
N. Faur g    3-7    2-4    9    9    1    1
R. Faur f    5-20    3-4    16    2    0    2
Grimm f    8-15    4-6    20    12    0    8
Sliger    1-5    4-6    6    6    1    3
Dusseau    0-3    0-0    0    3    0    1
Priskorn    0-2    0-0    0    3    0    0
totals    19-64    13-20    56    53    9    16
Garrett    14    15    7    16    —    52
Lakewood    12    12    18    14    —    56
    Three-point shooting — Garrett 5-17 (Dawson 2-4, Somers 2-6, Wisel 1-3, Oliver 0-4), Lakewood Park 5-28 (R. Fauer 3-16, J. Mafera 1-3, N. Faur 1-5, Sliger 0-2, Dusseau 0-1, Priskorn 0-1). Total fouls — Lakewood Park 16, Garrett 16. Turnovers — Lakewood Park 22, Garrett 22.


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