Sometimes things just do not go your way. The Lakers controlled the game against the visiting Eagles until the bitter end. Lakeland had an 8-10 point lead for almost the entire game. They were up 10 at the end of the first quarter and 6 at the half. Lakeland was up 9 at the end of the third quarter and 10 points with four minutes to play. They were in control and pretty much cruising until it fell apart from there. The Eagles' Danyah Barnes then hit a 3 pointer, a short jumper, and made a three point play as the Lakers went cold. In under two minutes, the lead had been cut to 1. Clark State eventually tied it with 18 seconds to play on a free throw. The Lakers then fouled twice to put the Eagles back on the line. After missing both free throws, Lakeland rebounded the ball with a chance for the win in regulation; however, a turnover and another foul put Barnes on the line. She drained them both and the Eagles took their first lead with under 10 seconds to play. The free throws finished the scoring as the Eagles won 53-51. With the loss, the Lakers fall to 5-16 overall and 2-10 in the OCCAC. Sophomore Patricia Cistrunk led all scorers with 25 points. Kayla Zarbock had a strong game with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Alicia Sephus added 5 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Lakeland's next game is this Wednesday, Feb. 22, when they travel to Owens Community College for a 5:30 p.m. game. The Lakers will then travel to Cincinnati State Saturday, Feb. 25, in a 1 p.m. match-up. The final game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, as the Lakers will play host to the Challengers of Cuyahoga Community College. The tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free to the game.