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Lakers turn up heat on the Jewels
Emily Clarke’s standout performance in Salmon Arm helped the Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team improve to 5-1.
Lakers coach Lesley Lacroix said no one shone more than Clarke, who rang up 30 points while adding six rebounds and collecting three assists. Her efforts vaulted the Lakers past the Jewels 61-46 in AAA Okanagan Valley league play Jan. 18.
“It was the best shooting performance from Emily this year, which is great considering she puts in countless hours in the gym practising her form and shot from different areas,” said Lacroix. “She played with great confidence.”
Trailing by two points at halftime, the Lakers adjusted their defence to pressure the Jewels in the front court, making it difficult for them to get into a motion offence.
“Ana Moroziuk shut down their rhythm with her intense on-ball pressure,” said Lacroix, of her guard, who finished with seven points and six assists.
Lacroix liked that her players took care of the ball in pressure situations. In the past, they turned it over in tight games.
“Limiting our turnovers in the fourth quarter allowed us to maintain our lead and be patient on offence,” she said.
Lacroix added that it’s always tough to match up with the Jewels on the road, but said her players had their best performance of the season in an important league game.
Also contributing to the win was Hayden Craig sinking eight points while grabbing 11 boards.
The Lakers senior boys team lost to the Salmon Arm Gold 69-31. Coach Colin Cook couldn’t be reached for comment.