It was a nail-biter of a game for the senior girls’ Lakers, when they hosted the Lacombe Rams in the home opener.
The two evenly matched teams faced off for the first time this season in Sylvan Lake on Dec. 12.
The close match saw the Lakers overcome the Rams in the final minutes of the game, winning with a score of 58-52.
Right from tip-off, the Lakers and Rams were well matched as the two stayed within two points of each other through out the first quarter.
Gianna Lal was first to put the Lakers on the score board, with an easy two-pointer.
By the end of the first quarter of play the Lakers had matched the Rams nearly shot-for-shot. Going into the second quarter had the Lakers behind by only two points, 14-12.
The second quarter saw the beginning of the three-point battle. Both teams began second quarter with a clean three-point shot.
If the first quarter didn’t show how similar the two teams are, the second did. In the second, both teams scored two thee-point shots, which helped the Lakers make up the difference from the previous quarter.
At the half the score was tied at 22-all.
The Lakers battled hard to try and gain the lead in the third quarter, ending the quarter with a three-pointer from Janaya Scott. Unfortunately, even with the swish to end the quarter, the Lakers couldn’t over come the Rams, and ended the quarter behind by a mere three points.
The final 10 minutes of play had fans on the edge of their seats. Shot-for-shot-for-shot the Lakers and Rams matched each other with each burst down the court.
With only a few minutes left in the game, the teams were tied and it looked like it was going to go into overtime.
At 48 points each, and minutes that were ticking away both teams looked for an opening that would give them the game.
Ali Kondor found her opening with back-to-back three point shots, putting the Lakers into the lead for the first time in the game.
The finals minutes of the game saw fouls aplenty. Which allowed the Rams to close the gap. Though with 30 seconds left in the game, and a total of five fouls between the teams, the Lakers did not give up their lead.
With the seconds passing quickly, the Rams were eager to make up the six point difference. However, with three seconds left in the game, the Lakers got ahold of the ball, and held it to end the game.
Kondor lead the team in points scored on Dec. 12. She scored a total of 12 points over the course of the game. Megan Steenbergen followed with a total of eight points scored.
The Lakers will not play at home again until midway through January. On Jan. 18 the girls will take on the team from Lindsay Thurber.