Triton women hold off Lakers

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Humboldt graduate Avery Terwilliger drives for Iowa Central against Iowa Lakes on Wednesday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Avery Terwilliger found herself in the right spot at the right time for the Iowa Central women Wednesday night.

After seeing an 18-point cushion cut to one by Iowa Lakes, Terwilliger grabbed an errant shot attempt and converted the putback, helping the Tritons to a 63-59 victory inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Terwilliger, a former Humboldt standout, finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for Iowa Central (10-10 overall, 2-2 in ICCAC). Brittany West had a game-high 19 and Sarah Rolling added 12 points and seven rebounds.

“That was a big play by Avery,” ICCC head coach Kelly Kruger said. “(Iowa Lakes) made a nice play on defense, but Avery was there to hit the glass and make a reverse layup.”

Iowa Central scored 24 points in the first quarter, as West and Rolling combined for 17. They built a seemingly commanding 50-32 advantage over the next two quarters, but the Lakers (6-12, 1-3) went on a 13-0 run that continued into a 25-8 rally.

Shai’anye Wesley scored 16 and Lemia Ntor-Ue 15 to lead Iowa Lakes.

“Maybe in the first half we got some things too easy,” Kruger said. “We started to coast when we needed to keep playing basketball. I thought we got tentative. We have to learn how to handle success and play with a lead.

“But also give Iowa Lakes credit, because they kept battling.”

A putback by Wesley made it 58-57 in favor of the Tritons with 1:20 to go. Terwilliger converted her bucket with 30 seconds left, and Rachel Toto and West sank three free throws to seal the deal.

“We were able to get some stops and knock down some free throws to seal it,” Kruger said. “Overall, it was a solid effort, but we have some things we need to clean up and have to clean up to get better and take that next step.”

Iowa Central finished the game 9-for-16 shooting from the 3-point line, with West sinking four and Terwilliger two. Iowa Lakes, though, scored 15 points off 22 turnovers and also had 22 points in the paint and 16 second-chance points.

The Tritons hit the road this Saturday to face Southeastern at 1 p.m. The Blackhawks (13-6, 1-3) fell to second-ranked Kirkwood last night, 73-52.

IOWA CENTRAL 63, IOWA LAKES 59

Iowa Central — Kira Ward 0-2 0-0 0, Brittany West 6-10 3-4 19, Mardaeja Cross 4-7 0-0 8, Avery Terwilliger 4-8 3-3 13, Sarah Rolling 3-7 5-6 12, Rachel Toto 2-6 1-2 6, Kryssie Okinaka 0-0 0-0 0, Emma O’Donoghue 1-5 2-2 5. Totals: 20-45 14-17 63.

Iowa Lakes — Marissa Ruiz 2-7 0-0 6, Marisela Perez 2-8 0-0 6, Mia Wassink 4-13 0-0 8, Calynn Jackson 1-9 0-0 2, Lemia Ntor-Ue 5-9 5-6 15, Anjanea Simms 2-4 2-4 6, Kaitlyn Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Shai’anye Wesley 6-13 4-4 16, Rain Coleman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-64 11-14 59.

Quarter scores: Iowa Central led 24-13, 35-26, 50-41. Three-point goals: Iowa Central 9-16 (West 4-7, Terwilliger 2-4, Rolling 1-2, Toto 1-1, O’Donoghue 1-2); Iowa Lakes 4-15 (Ruiz 2-4, Perez 2-6, Jackson 0-3, Ntor-Ue 0-1, Wesley 0-1). Total rebounds: Iowa Central 39, Iowa Lakes 32. Steals: Iowa Central 1, Iowa Lakes 10. Blocked shots: Iowa Central 4, Iowa Lakes 2. Assists: Iowa Central 12, Iowa Lakes 10. Team fouls: Iowa Central 13, Iowa Lakes 15. Fouled out: Cross. Turnovers: Iowa Central 22, Iowa Lakes 9.

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