Lake Region State College head basketball coach isn’t so much worried about his team’s showdown with the 15th-ranked Jamestown College Lady Jimmies on Wednesday.
Make no mistake about it, he wants to win but he’s far more concerned with his team’s health heading into Thursday’s Mon-Dak Conference matchup with North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Flu-like symptoms had hit several of his players, as well as their veteran head coach, earlier this week.
“We’re dealing with a little flu and sickness right now,” said Schwab on Monday afternoon. “I think our health will be a big thing for us. Hopefully, we get a little healthier and get by it.”
Lake Region State College, 16-4 overall, is scheduled to close out the first half of Mon-Dak play against NDSCS. The Lady Royals enter the game at 3-1 and in second place in the Mon-Dak standings.
Getting a win over NDSCS is something Lake Region needs to focus on, said Schwab. A victory over the Lady Wildcats would not only enable the Lady oyals to finish out the first of their conference schedule, it would also give the team a 2-point boost in the Mon-Dak seeding totals.
In Mon-Dak play, teams earn one point for win at home, and two points for a win on the road – making a conference victory in Wahpeton twice as important.
“We have a lot of games in the next three weeks and each of them are important tos us, but anytime you can go on the road and get a win, it is twice as important because of the seeding,” said Schwab.
Offensively, Lake Region is led into the showdown by freshman Jordyn Kirk. The Sisseton, SD standout is averaging 13.6 points per game this season. Becky Scherr is also averaging double figures offensively.
Kirk and Leslie Hairston key the LRSC defense, averaging 6.6 rebounds per contest.
NDSCS is led into the game by Cheyenne Ironheart, who is averaging 15.2 points per game this season.
The Lake Region State College men will be facing a tough foe in the Wildcats in the second half of the Mon-Dak twinbill on Thursday. NDSCS enters the contest at 19-4 for the year.
The Royals, who have won their last four games, are 15-6.
The LRSC women will top off play at 6 p.m. The men’s game will get under way at 8 p.m.