The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 17, 2014

Lakers swamp Warriors

PV overcomes early troubles to topple Brookfield on road

BROOKFIELD — \It didn’t look like the team that has continued to make teams play at their pace.

Instead, they were stymied into playing a style of play that the Brookfield Warriors like and if not for a lack of offense, the Warriors might have pulled off the mild upset instead of falling 43-35 to the Pymatuning Valley Lakers.

“Brookfield plays a specific style and if you can’t handle their style, it’s going to be a long night,” Jeff Compan said. “They are very physical and very methodical. They are good at what they do. We knew it was going to be a dogfight.

“We told them that they couldn’t relax because it would probably come down to the buzzer. I’m proud of how we hung in there and how we got stops when we needed them. That was a fun game to be involved in.

“Whenever we play Brookfield, it is down to the wire. They are very good at playing their style of basketball. We don’t play that pace and style a lot. This was a real quality win for us.”

After a stagnant first quarter from both squads, and the Lakers (13-0, 6-0 in Northeastern Athletic Conference) clinging to an early 7-6 advantage, Kelsea Brown started to build some separation with her physical inside play.

“We had a hard time,” Brookfield coach Shawn Hammond said. “We were out of sync and just watching too much. We were stagnant on offense. Once, we started moving it, we were able to get some backdoor stuff, but we didn’t convert in the first half.”

Brown scored nine of her 15 points in this frame with her steal and bucket before the end of the half being the momentum Pymatuning Valley needed leading 20-13 at the break.

It helped make up for a first quarter where the Lakers uncharacteristically had five turnovers and had just six field goal attempts.

The Lakers put the ball up more in the second quarter. While the shooting didn’t improve much, they were able to cut down on their mistakes, create eight turnovers the way of the Warriors (10-4) and get to the charity stripe to build out their advantage despite some obvious rough sledding.

“Usually for us, we get a lot of flow from our pressure,” Compan said. “Even when we got steals, they did a good job of fouling us or knocking the ball out of bounds. So, we never really got into the up-and-down flow of the

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