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Rustlers sit alone in second

Rustlers sit alone in second

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By Thomas Miller
After losing to Augustana University College on Friday night, the Lakeland College women’s basketball team stormed back for an important win to split the weekend series on Saturday.
Without head coach Chris King, who was kicked out of the game on Friday and received a one-game ban due to ACAC rules, the lady Rustlers picked up the slack with some help from their assistant coaches.
“We knew today was going to be a good test for us to pull together and win together and we needed to show our character that we can do it,” said Amanda Carlton, who led the team in scoring with 23 points. “As a team we need to build on it.”
King, who watched the game via webcast, was very happy with the outcome, especially considering the circumstances.
“Luckily for me I’ve got good assistant coaches and Peter (Sambu) did a great job coaching the girls,” said King after the 86-65 win. “So it’s nice that we know each other’s systems.
“The biggest thing today was that the girls came to play. Yesterday (Friday) in the game we got beat a little physically and we didn’t push back, today we had great push back from what I saw.”
However, the Rustlers gave up 30 points in the third quarter, and King wasn’t impressed with his team’s defensive awareness.
“I thought, third quarter, we gave a lot of blow-bys,” he said. “Baseline penetration we gave up really bad, they came out scored inside on us quick and then a couple layups. I thought our focus defensively wasn’t there. Later on in the third they started to pick it up. I thought we just kind of lost our focus … once we got it back I thought we did a lot better.”
In the fourth quarter the Rustlers pulled away and kept the pressure on late, despite an insurmountable lead.
“I was extremely proud of the girls today,” King said. “That’s one of the things that we talked about at all times, putting the pedal down. Obviously Augustana made a run and cut into our lead. In the fourth the girls pushed back. I thought a great effort by Amy Warbrick today, controlling the tempo for us. I thought Cameo McKerlie and (Brittany) Shockey did a great job inside, getting the boards and finishing shots for us.”
This weekend the Rustlers face Grande Prairie Regional College, who are second last in the ACAC North Division.
Carlton said the team knows they had a bad week of practice last week and vowed they will come back focused next week.
She added that if they want to win more games in this league they’re going to have to play fast.
“Every time we push it, we can beat any team in this league and every time we run down the court we can score,” said Carlton. “We just need to keep running and play to our advantage.”
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