Journal Staff Report
BOTTINEAU, N.D. — Lake Region State College continued its strong performance of recent weeks as the Lady Royals and Royals both used big second halves en route to a sweep of Dakota College at Bottineau on Wednesday.
The Lady Royals won their game 97-66 after outscoring the Lady Jacks 57-30 over the final 20 minutes on the way to their 16th victory of the season. They were aided by some torrid shooting from the floor in the second half as the Lady Royals shot 70 percent from the floor in the half.
LRSC, which shot 50 percent (17-34) over the first 20 minutes, ended the game at a 60 percent clip.
LRSC placed six players in double figures. They were led by Becca Scherr’s 14 points and seven assists. Amber Huntington and Tabitha Vigen both added 12 points for the victors while Ashley Knecht and My’Kale French both chipped in with 11 points. Jordyn Kirk and Sarah Schafer each scored 10 points in the winning effort.
The Lady Royals are now 16-4 on the season and 4-1 in the Mon-Dak Conference. They will take on a team from the Minot Air Force Base on Saturday in an exhibition game. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
The men used a similar second-half burst en route to a 92-73 triumph over the Lumberjacks.
Lake Region led by as many as 14 in the first half, but the Lumberjacks rallied to score 20 of the final 30 points of the first half to close to within 47-43 at the break. The Royals shot 53 percent (36-68) from the floor, including nine of 18 from behind the arc, and were 11 of 13 from the foul line.
Melvin Langstaff led the way for Lake Region with 21 points in the game. He also added eight assists and seven rebounds for the victors.
Langstaff was joined in double figures by Darnell Landon who tallied 14 points, all of which came in the first half. D.K. Augustine and Gage Deis added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Deis also had a team-high 10 rebounds for the Royals, who enjoyed a 44-30 rebounding advantage in the game. Jay Sewer chipped in with nine points and a team-high 11 assists.
Lake Region improved to 14-6 on the year and 3-2 in the Mon-Dak. The Royals will play Dakota County College, a team from Minneapolis, at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Center.