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The Lakeland Muskies kept their undefeated streak in Lake Michigan Conference play alive with a 58-20 victory over the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors on Saturday. With the victory Lakeland improves to 10-3 overall and 6-0 in LMC play.
Lakeland was led by seniors Beth Porter and Kristi Thill offensively as they recorded 17 and 15 points respectively. On defense, sophomore Jenna Boehm pulled down 14 boards, one block and a steal.
"They (Porter, Thill and Boehm) are playing very well and hitting their shots," said head coach April Arvan. "My expectations for all of our players are so high. It is a credit to them on how they continue to strive and work hard and reach the expectations we have for each other. Those three players are special players, like the rest of the team is. Boehm did a great job on the boards again, while Beth (Porter) and Thill hit shots. That is what they are expected to do and anything else is unacceptable."
Both teams started the game slowly with Lakeland going 2 for their first 13 shots. However, their offense was able to turn it around and the Muskies took a 28-8 lead into the half.
"The last two games in particular the teams have zoned us," said Arvan. "It kind of made us take a step back, however, we are improving in some areas. With that experience against Dominican and in the first half against Wisconsin Lutheran I think that will help us find our niche offensively."
The Muskies took advantage of turnovers outscoring the Warriors 25-3 in the category. The Lakeland defense held the Warriors to 15 percent shooting on the night as they went 8-52. Lakeland also pulled down 52 boards on the afternoon. The Muskies ended the night shooting 34 percent.
"We focused a lot on rebounding yesterday," said Boehm. "That is one of main focuses right now. We need to play better defense and we need to hustle. Rebounding is the number one thing Coach Arvan talks about and it was a really big focus because they are leading the LMC in offensive boards and that's what we needed to focus on."
Lakeland will next be in action when they travel to Benedictine on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a non-conference match.