Lakes break slump

LAKE LINDEN – After an even first half came a scoring lull for both Lake Linden-Hubbell and Chassell in Copper Country Conference girls’ basketball play Friday.

The Lakes snapped out of it, the Panthers didn’t, and that’s why the hosts won 45-32.

“I was happy with the way we settled in. We were able to cover the perimeter better as the game went on and I was happy overall with our defensive effort,” LL-H coach Timm Gast said.

Chassell (2-3, 0-2 CCC) shot itself into a 12-4 lead late in the first quarter before the Lakes got things stabilized. From there, they got off and running. Sarah Audette put in a pair of transition lay-ups to get LL-H (3-2, 1-1 CCC) within three. Later, back-to-back scores from freshman Alexa Destrampe got the hosts within one before landing at a 23-21 halftime margin in Chassell’s favor.

Both sides came out cold in the third quarter. Neither team scored in the first 3:24, and the first field goal of the half didn’t come until 5:50 in, from Audette.

Immediately after, Karli Michaels scored for Chassell on a putback at the other end, but that turned out to be the Panthers’ last field goal of the game.

“Our shots were going in, and I feel like we played pretty good defense for the most part, just we got some foul trouble and our shots didn’t go in the second half,” Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said.

The Lakes took the lead for the first time all night when Destrampe scored on a putback with 59 seconds remaining in the quarter.

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Destrampe had what Gast referred to as a ‘breakout’ game.

“She’s struggled. She’s young, being a freshman, but that’s the Alexa that I know. She played like a veteran player tonight and for being so young, I was happy for that,” he said.

Audette split a pair of free throws after the third-quarter buzzer, which put LL-H up for good at 29-28.

The Lakes cemented their lead by going on a 10-0 run midway through the quarter. Abby Sutherland had four points, Destrampe had four and there wasn’t much to it other than taking the ball aggressively to the basket and cleaning up the aftermath.

“We are a transition team. We do want to get it up and down the floor because that’s where we have success,” Gast said.

Chassell lost control of the glass, then the tempo, and then the game.

“We were getting one shot, no rebound. One shot, no rebound. That kills you. I thought Lake Linden did a great job of rebounding. I think that was the difference in the game,” Hainault said.

The Panthers were led by 12 points from Kirsten Daavettila. They’ll host Ontonagon Monday night as the nightcap of a tripleheader after the boys’ JV and varsity games.

LL-H is done for 2013 and will host Houghton on Jan. 3.