Danbury 32, Northwood 31
Danbury won arguably its biggest game of the season last week, defeating Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) foe Northwood in dramatic fashion, 32-31.
With the win, the Lakers improved to 6-9 overall and 6-4 in the TAAC, good enough to move into a third-place tie with Northwood. The win avenged an earlier loss to Lady Rangers, who defeated the Lakers, 54-44, on Dec. 17.
With a 25-20 lead going into the third quarter, Danbury had to hold off a Lady Ranger rally that got the deficit to one point late, but the Lakers were able to hold on for the win.
Danbury, which has now won three consecutive games, was led by Kelsey Clemons, who scored a game-high 15 points, including two 3-pointers. Erin Lavelle helped pace the Lakers with seven points.
Northwood (8-7, 6-4 TAAC) got 12 points from Becca Bisbee and 11 from Anna Raymond.
The difference in the game came from Danbury's superior performance at the charity stripe and three-point line. The Lakers outscored the Lady Rangers 10-5 at the free-throw line and 12-6 at the three-point line, despite hitting on only 10 field goals, compared to Northwood's 12.
It was a close game throughout as the lead switched hands a number of time during the course of action. The Lakers trailed 8-7 after one quarter before taking a 15-13 lead at the half and extending it to 25-20 going in the final period.
On Thursday, the Lakers host Cardinal Stritch (5-9, 5-4 TAAC), who defeated Danbury, 51-33, on Jan. 3.
Ottawa Hills 56, Danbury 35
The Green Bears took a 13-5 lead after the first quarter before seeing it grow to 15 points as they outscored Danbury, 15-8, in the second quarter on its way to the 56-35 victory.
Ottawa Hills (5-7, 3-4 TAAC) was led by Geoff Beans and A.J. King, who finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Laker guard Caleb Helline, who leads the TAAC with 18.2 points per game (ppg) average, finished with 13 points and Dalton Chapman scored six points.
On Friday, the Lakers (0-12, 0-7 TAAC) host Gibsonburg (11-1, 6-0 TAAC), the top team in the conference, and, on the following Tuesday, host Northwood. The Golden Bears defeated Danbury, 85-39, in their earlier matchup, and the Rangers (2-11, 1-6 TAAC) beat the Lakers in dramatic fashion the first time they played, 47-45.