Cardinal Stritch 38 — Danbury 35
The Lakers stormed out to an early lead, going ahead 12-7 after the first quarter and 21-12 at halftime. However, Danbury was outplayed in the second half as Cardinal Stritch outscored the Lakers, 26-14, in the second half to take back the lead and win, 38-35.
The Cardinals outscored the Lakers, 13-4, in the third quarter to tie the score at 25 going into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.
Cardinal Stritch got 14 points from Abby Mass and seven from Broghan Gasser.
Danbury’s Erin Lavelle led all scorers with 19 points and Kelsey Clemons and Stephanie Kukay finished with six points apiece.
The Lakers travel to Maumee Valley (2-11, 2-8 TAAC) on Thursday and host Toledo Christian (12-3, 9-2 TAAC) on Saturday. Danbury beat MV, 40-19, earlier in the season and lost to the Eagles, 60-31, in the first meeting between the two teams.
Gibsonburg 89 — Danbury 53
Gibsonburg dominated throughout, improving to 12-2 overall and 8-1 in the TAAC with its 89-53 win over Danbury.
The first-place Golden Bears had a balanced scoring attack that featured four players in double figures, led by Gage Beaber, who scored 18. Dylan Dorfmeyer and Nate Yarborogh finished with 16 points apiece and Jordan Kirwen had 14.
The Lakers, who fell to 0-14 overall and 0-9 in the league, got 17 points from Dalton Chapman and 10 from Dominic Manuella.
Emmanuel Christian 67, Danbury 38
After outscoring the Lakers, 12-8, in the first quarter, Emmanuel Christian pulled away by outscoring Danbury, 37-17, in the middle two quarters to increase its lead en route to a 67-38 victory.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the TAAC, good for fifth place in the league.
EC was led by Ryan Creech, who had a game-high 25 points, and Tony Behan.
Danbury guard Caleb Helline had a team-high 17 points and Dalton Chapman chipped in with 11 points.
The Lakers return to action when the travel to Oregon and face Cardinal Stritch on Friday host Maumee Valley on Tuesday. The Cardinals, led by star guard Marquis Harrison, are 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the TAAC and defeated Danbury, 62-48, earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, the Hawks, 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the league, are one of the top Division IV teams in northwest Ohio and beat the Lakers, 68-39, in the first meeting.