Posted: Dec 15, 2019
In the second day of the Conway Classic at Delta College, the Lady Lakers beat the Schoolcraft College Ocelots 94-56 to go 2-0 on the weekend and improve their record to 11-1. Lakeland had a bit of a slow start start in the first quarter, but were highlighted by Makayla Cooper's 7 points on the strength of 2 three point shots. Gianna Pegoraro also scored 7 points in the quarter while Rayonna Peterson added 5 points and controlled the inside play. The Lakers led 24-19 after the first quarter. Lakeland started to really jell in the second quarter as 6 different Lakers scored in the quarter. Cooper remained hot in the quarter and had 21 points at the intermission. Julie Hajdu had several nice passes and went into the break with 5 assists. The halftime score had Lakeland in the lead 49-33.
The second half featured more of the same as Lakeland outscored their opponents by 10 and 12 points each quarter, respectively. The Lakers controlled the inside game and rolled to the victory. In all, Lakeland had 7 players score. They were led by Mikayla Cooper's game high 31 points and 8 rebounds. Armani Jackson scored 21 points on 9-10 shooting and added 7 rebounds. Pegoraro finished with 14 points while Peterson added 12 points. Julie Hajdo recorded 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Makayla Cooper - "We didn't start like as normal as Armani was not initially in the line up (equipment issue); but everyone stepped up and played their part which allowed us to get a lead in the first quarter. When Armani came
back in, we really took off. I really enjoyed our energy today and that everyone really brought it." As for scoring 31 points, "I shocked myself. It's really the first game I've broken out."
Armani Jackson - "We got off to a good start, but we all agree we could have done better. The game itself was good and we were able to go 2-0 for the week." On thoughts about their upcoming game with St. Clair, "We just need to
stick together as a team, play hard, and be fast paced."
Gianna Pegoraro - "I'm proud of how we moved the ball. We picked up our pace throughout the game and really played as a team." On making the extra pass, "Our team looks for each other and opportunities to finish. We trust
Julie Hajdu - "It went well both offensively and defensively. We had good communication and really got after it on the boards. We played well and together."
Gardy's Gab: "We had a tremendous spark off the bench today with Makayla and Armani paving the way. We did a better job defending their sets as the game went on. It was good to come up here and get two victories. This puts us in a position to head into the break on a good note. We'll take a day and then get ready for St. Clair on Thursday."
Next up: On Thursday, December 19, the Lady Lakers will play host to the St. Clair County Skippers at 5:30 pm. Lakeland will then be off for the break before opening the second semester with a game against Bryant and Stratton on Jan 8 in Laker gym at 5:30 pm. Admission is free to both games.