Levy & Company Top Lakers in Regular Season Finale
A strong second half coupled with Jasmine Levy’s career-high 24 points propelled the #14 ICC women’s basketball team to an 80-65 victory over Lake Land College on Wednesday evening at Ramsey Gym. Levy also pulled down 13 boards on the evening, and was flanked by fellow forwards Abby Coates (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Madison Faulkner (10 points, 5 rebounds) on the interior and Bailey Larsen’s 14 points and 7 assists on the perimeter to get the win.
Coates and Larsen combined for the first nine Cougar points, racing out to a 9-0 lead just two and a half minutes into the game. After Kathy Pinnock-Branford took a charge the Cougar offense stalled, allowing Lake Land to go on a 15-5 run and grab a 15-14 lead at the 2:18 mark. The teams settled for a 19-all tie as Lake Land swished a three-ball just before the end of the first stanza buzzer.
Action was nip and tuck in the second quarter, with neither team taking more than a three-point lead most of the time. A Coates’ hoop (assist Levy) and Larsen jumper (assist Maynard) followed by a Faulkner put back gave ICC a 31-26 lead with three minutes to play, but the Lakers closed on a small run to knot the score at 33-heading into recess.
Levy’s hoop (assist Kellyn Maynard) gave the Cougars a very short-lived 35-33 lead, as Lake Land turned up the defense and got rolling offensively to put together a 15-6 run and grab a 48-41 lead. Levy was the only offense for the Cougars to open the half as she scored twelve consecutive points (assists Maynard, two by Larsen, Coates, Krystal Walker), keeping ICC within striking distance at 48-45 at the 2:50 mark. Larsen hit Coates inside, followed by a Pinnock-Branford score and ICC went back on top at 49-48. The end of the quarter was pivotal, as Walker got a steal with :06 seconds left, dribbled the length of the court and was intentionally fouled on her layup with the clock showing 0.08. She drained both free throws, and when ICC was awarded the ball, Pinnock-Branford passed to Coates who hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer, giving the Cougars a 53-48 cushion heading into the fourth period.
Levy and Pinnock-Branford scored to start the action, but Lake Land countered to cut their deficit to 57-52. That was the closest the Lakers would get on the evening, as ICC got their transition game going and rattled off a 17-4 run to put the game out of reach. Coates started the run with a layup on the left block (assist Sia Williams), followed by Larsen free throws, three layups by Faulkner (assists Larsen and Walker), and Levy, Larsen, and Williams’s free throws, giving ICC a 74-56 advantage with 1:37 to play. The Cougars closed the game out with free throws for the final margin. Final stats showed ICC dishing out 20 assists to score 26 field goals and holding a 44-32 rebounding edge.
Game goals met:
*Shot 1st possession of each quarter
*Took charge: Pinnock-Branford
*Win bench scoring
*Win bench rebounding
*Opponent < than 12 offensive rebounds
*Met turnover goal
Banks (2 pts, 2 reb), Larsen (14 pts, 7 asts), Coates (15 pts, 5 reb, 3 st), Pinnock-Branford (5 pts, 3 asts), Maynard (3 reb), Williams (4 pts), Magro (2 pts), Faulkner (10 pts, 5 reb), Walker (4 pts, 3 reb, 2 blks), Levy (24 pts, 11 reb, 3 blks)