Five score in double figures, led by Dani Schwanke's 21 as the Royals outlast Dawson Community College.

When Lake Region State College women’s basketball coach Danny Mertens was asked if he knew his team would have to score almost 100 points to win on Sunday, he began rattling off details from previous match-ups with Dawson Community College.

“Last year I think they beat us 90-85 and then out there we blew a 20-point lead and they beat us like 99-92 so that’s just the way they play.”

This one was just another added to the list.

The Lady Royals used an 8-1 run late in the fourth quarter to hold on to beat the Buccaneers in another high scoring affair between the two programs, 99-94, from the Sports Center. The Royals have now won six straight.

“All wins are big but we always say that you gotta win at home and play .500 on the road. You have to protect that home court,” Mertens said. “It was a gutty performance by everybody.”

Five players scored in double figures for the Royals, led by Dani Schwanke’s 21 points. She also had four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Schwanke was a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line, including making four straight on consecutive possessions that gave the Royals a four point lead with 2:48 remaining in the ballgame. 

The Royals (14-5, 2-0 MonDak) made eight straight free throws in the final 2:55 that finished off Dawson Community. As a team, the Royals made 82 percent of their free throws.

“It’s all the little things,” said Mertens.

Stephanie Miller made all seven of her shots from the floor and finished with 20 points. Jordyn Worley scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and Telesia Manumaleuga scored 15 points for LRSC.

The Royals maintained the lead through three quarters but Dawson Community took the lead early in the fourth after a 3-pointer by Tasia Moore gave the Buccaneers the lead at 74-71. The Buccaneers kept the advantage until Schwanke’s basket tied the game at 87 and launched the game deciding run.

Alexius Foster scored 24 points and Ejanae Coopwood and Sarah Miranda each scored 20 points apiece for Dawson Community which lost for the first time since Nov. 30th. They fell to 11-7 overall, 1-1 in conference.

Chris Harris can be reached at charris@devilslakejournal.com and on Twitter: @ChrisHarris_DLJ

DCC at LRSC box score

LRSC 99, Dawson Community College 94

DAWSON CC (11-7, 1-1 MonDak)

Foster 7-14 5-7 24, Coopwood 8-11 4-4 20, Miranda 8-13 3-4 20, Moore 5-10 0-0 13, Little Light 2-6 0-0 6, Casteleijn 2-3 0-2 4, Plenty 2-4 0-0 4, Torrence 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 35-63 13-19 94.

LAKE REGION SC (14-5, 2-0 MonDak)

Schwanke 6-13 6-6 21, Miller 7-7 5-5 20, Worley 6-11 5-6 17, Manumaleuga 4-11 6-9 15, Pollert 4-10 6-7 14, Nelson 1-7 3-4 5, Sione 0-2 4-6 4, Parker 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 29-63 35-43 99.

Dawson CC 23 18 27 26 — 94

Lake Region SC 24 24 23 28 — 99

3-Point Goals_Dawson CC 11-22 (Foster 5-10, Coopwood 4-4, Miranda 3-4, Moore 3-5, Little Light 2-4, Miranda 1-3), LRSC 6-16 (Schwanke 3-6, Manumaleuga 1-3, Miller 1-1, Parker 1-1, Sione 0-1, Worley 0-1). Assists_Dawson CC 26 (Coopwood 10), LRSC 24 (Schwanke 4, Worley 4). Fouled Out_None.

Rebounds_Dawson CC 30 (Casteleijn 6, Torrence 6), LRSC 39 (Worley 9).