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Red-hot Lakers top Gibsonburg

January 24, 2013
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Red-hot Lakers top Gibsonburg

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Written by

Yaneek Smith

News Herald correspondent

MARBLEHEAD — After losing four consecutive games, the Danbury girls have responded to win two straight and appear to be righting the ship after their 45-31 Toledo Area Athletic Conference victory over Gibsonburg on Saturday.

Behind a balanced scoring attack that saw Erin Lavelle and Cassidy Rhodes each finish with 10 points and a stout defense that allowed only nine points in the middle two quarters, the Lakers (7-8, 7-2) took control by outscoring the Golden Bears (6-9, 4-4), 20-5, in the second quarter to take a 30-15 lead into the break.

“I thought our kids were very focused,” Danbury head coach Joe Fetzer said. “This was our best offensive effort of the year and we played some of our best man-to-man defense. It’s nice to see things coming together.”

Rhodes scored all 10 of her points in the first half as the Lakers built a 15-point lead. Tori Wright and Katie Almendinger finished with seven and six points, apiece. In all, eight players scored for Danbury.

Gibonsburg’s Meghan Reed led all scorers with 11 points and Danielle Fork and Marisa Alvarado had six points each.

Early in the third quarter, the Lakers put to rest any doubt about whether or not it would maintain control of the contest when it controlled the period, outscoring the Bears, 11-4, and pushing the lead to as high as 22 points.

With Ottawa Hills’ loss to Cardinal Stritch, Danbury moves into sole possession of second-place, two games behind Toledo Christian (13-2, 9-0 TAAC).

After beginning the season with a 5-4 record and a 5-0 mark in the TAAC, the Lakers had fallen on hard times, losing four straight to the likes of Toledo Christian and Oak Harbor to fall to 5-8.

“This is a good win for us,” Fetzer said. “It was good to win (following the four losses). The St. Mary CC game was a wakeup call for us. We're playing a lot of games in a short amount of time (and) we don't really have time to improve on our mistakes. This has been a tough stretch for us. (But) it was so good to see a great team effort (today). That's what we want to see.”

On a sad note, there was a scary moment late in the third quarter when Gibsonburg's Hannah Ernsthausen suffered an injury to her neck. Ernsthausen, whose father, John, is the head coach of the Bears, lay on the ground for approximately 20 minutes before she was taken off on a stretcher. It is unknown how serious her injuries were.


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