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December 19, 2013

Lady Jaguars look lost against Lakers

DANVILLE — Kyle Bent needed a map on Wednesday night to find his Danville Area Community College women’s basketball team.

The Lake Land College Lakers completely dominated every facet in a 84-51 victory over the Lady Jaguars.

“I didn’t expect us to come out that flat,’’ Bent said. “We were nowhere in the state of Illinois tonight.’’

And it didn’t matter what the DACC coach tried as the Lakers (7-3 overall) outscored the Jaguars 26-6 in the final 10 minutes of the first half, 27-12 in the first nine minutes of the second half.

“Every combination of kids that we tried, every offense, every defense and every press that we had — they just didn’t work,’’ Bent said. “When we played hard, things looked a lot better, but we were just too lethargic.

“Simply, we just weren’t in it tonight.’’

It was the second straight home loss for DACC (8-5) and it was second straight game for an opponent to score more than 80 points against the Lady Jaguars.

“This was surprising because we had two really good days of practice in a row,’’ said Bent. “But we couldn’t do anything right. We have the Christmas break staring us right in the face. We have a lot of young kids and it’s been a long season for them, already.

“But, that’s something that they have to learn to combat mentally.’’

Even the experienced players on the DACC roster had their problems on Wednesday night. Sophomores Kamaren Cole, Kayton Cole and Megan Hiner combined for just 11 points on 4-of-22 shooting. That trio came into the contest averaging nearly 40 points a game for the Lady Jaguars.

“They definitely struggled,’’ Bent said. “Everyone fell into this lull. I don’t know what it was — it was just something mentally wrong with our team.’’

Making matters worse for DACC was the fact that Lake Land played one of its best games of the season, according to coach Dave Johnson, who is the brother of Bismarck-Henning coach Susan Kentner.

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