By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Editor
GROVE CITY — It’s a good thing for Lakeview that high school basketball games last 32 minutes and not 16.
The Lady Sailors (1-1) found themselves trailing 22-19 after the first half and a sub-par shooting effort, but rebounded in the second half to post a 55-44 win over Wilmington (0-2) in the consolation game of the 37th annual Kiser Classic.
“We played better in the second half,” Lakeview coach Steve Aden said. “We did some good things. We passed the ball well and made some shots. We attacked the basket and rebounded better in the second half, because we got crushed in the first half. We made them take bad shots.”
The Lady Sailors’ resurgence in the second half had a lot to do with senior Chelsea Greggs, who made just 2-of-11 shots from the field in the first half.
The senior forward sank 6-of-9 field goal attempts in the final 16 minutes to post a game-high 17 points to go with six rebounds, five blocks and two assists.
While Greggs was struggling in the first half, junior Mary Koller kept Lakeview within striking distance, scoring nine of her 13 points to keep the Lady Sailors within three (22-19) at the half.
“Chelsea hit some big shots,” Aden said. “She couldn’t find (her stroke) in the first half. I told her she was taking good shots and to keep shooting the ball. Mary made some big shots in the first half. I thought she kept us in it in the first half.”
Trailing 28-26 midway through the third quarter, junior Brittany Casciotti stepped up big, converting a pair of lay-ups into a 30-28 lead — Lakeview’s first since 11-10 to open the second quarter.
Casciotti finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lakeview also got a solid outing from Jamie Grayson, who finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two steals.
“Brittany Casciotti had one heck of a game tonight,” Aden said. “She played a good game. Jamie hit some big shots as well.”
Lakeview continued its dominance in the second half until it grabbed a 52-37 cushion, but as a largely inexperienced squad, the Lady Sailors struggled with such a big lead.
“This group is going to get better when they learn how to play together,” Aden said. “The biggest thing with this team is teaching them when to push and when not to push. There was a point where I wanted to slow it down, but I got to remember that I can’t slow it down like I could with last year’s group, because I don’t have the ball handlers. If they’re getting good looks and they can make it, they might as well take it as long as it’s not after the first pass.”
Notes: For the game, Lakeview connected on 23-of-45 shots and 7-of-12 from the line, while pulling down 42 rebounds and handing out 12 assists, but committed 19 turnovers. ... Wilmington made just 13-of-54 attempts from the field and 17-of-26 from the charity stripe, while pulling down 44 rebounds, but were guilty of 20 turnovers. ... Senior forward Kara Kendall led Wilmington with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Leah Day tacked on six points and seven boards.
In other Lakeview girls action, it was:
ä Mercer 53, Lakeview 39 — Kristen Jackal jolted Lakeview for a game-high 21 points, while teammate Alexa Rymniak rifled in another 14 for the Lady M’s.
Koller and Grayson garnered 11 and 10 points, respectively.
By Corey J. Corbin
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