Royal women run away with triumphs

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

By Harry Lipsiea

Featuring a relatively new group of players, the Lake Region State College womens basketball team is glad to have gotten a pair of games under their belt Saturday and Sunday at the Spirit Lake Casino Classic.

As expected, there were some nerves shown by the Royals in their season opener against Fort Berthold Community College Saturday.

“You could see those opening-game jitters,” Danny Mertens, first-year head coach of the Royals.

Lake Region State College used a key 15-2 run at the end of the first half to distance itself going into the locker room. In the second half, the Royals looked more comfortable running away with the 80-43.

“We definitely played stronger as the game got going,” Mertens stated. “But, we stilled struggled a bit offensively at times.”

The Royals shot 40 percent from the field on 27-of-66 shooting.

“We were getting open looks, but just didn’t knock them down the way we are capable of. This is a good shooting team,” Mertens stated.

Kennedy Henningsgard led the way with 16 points while Kelsey Schlenk had 12 points. Sara Schwanke finished with 10 points. Becca Eberle had a game-high 10 rebounds.

On Sunday, the Royals took control early and didn’t look back. Lake Region State College took a 53-25 advantage at the half before earning the 95-60 victory.

Offensively, the squad shot 39-of-69 from the field for 56.5 percent. Defensively, the Royals forced 32 Mikinok turnovers.

“I was very pleased with the way we played today,” Mertens said after the contest. “We looked that much more comfortable.”

Schwanke added a game-high 20 points. Kennedy Henningsgard had 15 points while Taylor Henningsgard had 14 points. Taylor Swanson had 12 points. Eberle added nine. Meghan Jorgenson added nine points and seven and seven rebounds.