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Twin Lakes duo sparks win over Frankfort
November 13, 2012Twin Lakes High School
Chloe McAchren and Laurhen Pickett combined for 41 points and 25 rebounds to lead Twin Lakes to a 64-52 victory over Frankfort in the opening game of the J&C Hoops Classic at Resler Gymnasium Monday night.
The victory allows Twin Lakes (2-0) to advance to the championship bracket semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday against Harrison (1-1). Frankfort (0-2) will play Lafayette Jeff (0-2) in the consolation semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday.
McAchren, a senior, and Pickett, a sophomore, helped Twin Lakes run off to a 20-9 first quarter lead, an edge the Indians roughly maintained for the rest of the game.
“We knew we had to win this game to get farther in the tournament so I came out playing my hardest,” said McAchren, who scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. “Overall I think we did a pretty good job. I’m proud of how well we worked together tonight. We moved the ball a little bit better than our first game of the season, and I think we played better as a team.”
McAchren knocked down a 3-point shot and Pickett scored three baskets down low to open the game for Twin Lakes. Pickett led all scorers with 22 points and corralled 14 rebounds.
“She is a very good player, and we struggled to guard her inside,” Frankfort coach Andy Ross said of Pickett. “You have to give her all the credit in the world. She’s a strong rebounder and she finished well.”
Ross said it was difficult to make up the early deficit with a team that started two juniors and three sophomores. He said while he was pleased to play virtually even with Twin Lakes for three quarters, his team must start stronger to get wins.
“We started the game a little intimidated and a little scared,” Ross said. “They have a more veteran club and they’ve been through the wars before. I think early in the game that was a telling sign.”
Frankfort, though, hung around by ttaking advantage of 26 Twin Lakes turnovers. Sophomores Taylor Kirby and Miranda Boggs scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, to keep Frankfort within striking distance.
On four different occasions, the Hot Dogs trimmed Twin Lake’s lead to eight points. Twice, Frankfort had the ball with an opportunity to trim the Indians the lead to five or six points but couldn’t convert.
“We need to take care of the ball better,” Twin Lakes coach Brad Bowsman said. “I though we were lackadaisical with the ball and didn’t run things sharp. To win, we’ll need to be a little sharper running plays. They got within eight points but it was nice that we were able to keep that lead and not let them get any closer.”
McAchren and Morgan Gutwein connected on 3s in the fourth quarter to help extinguish potential Frankfort rallies.