Pressure defense helps Lakeland beat Jamestown, 69-52

Pressure defense helps Lakeland beat Jamestown, 69-52

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland women's basketball didn't play its best game of the season but used a full-court pressure defense to cause turnovers which led to a 69-52 victory over Jamestown Community College Wednesday night.

Lakeland improved to 4-0 on the season after getting 17 points from Calasia Cunningham as the lone starter in double figures.

Alicia Sephus notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Destiny Khay hit three shots from behind the arc and finished with 11 points.

Both offenses struggled in the first quarter as Lakeland shot just 26.3 percent from the field. Even with the shooting woes, Delesha Jackson was able to score five points as the Lakers grabbed a 13-7 lead after one.

Lakeland expanded its lead in the second quarter with the help of Khay hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Sephus grabbing four offensive rebounds and scoring six to match Khay. The Lakers outscored Jamestown 20-11 in the second to take a 33-18 lead into the locker room at half time.

Cunningham came on in the third and scored half of Lakeland's 22 points to lead the way and was one point away from matching the point total of Jamestown in the third quarter. With Cunningham scoring 11, Lakeland expanded its lead to 55-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

Jamestown did put up an attempt for a comeback and outscored Lakeland by eight points in the final quarter. Khay nailed a 3-pointer and helped to ice the game with five points in the fourth to guide Lakeland to the 17-point victory.

Lakeland will host its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

For more information about Lakeland athletics, visit

About Lakeland Community College

Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to our mission, Lakeland provides quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community.

Offering day, evening, weekend and online classes, the college serves more than 10,800 credit and 2,800 noncredit students (2016). For more information about the College, visit