Consistency key for Royal women
By Harry Lipsiea Journal Sports Looking at the scores for the Lake Region State College womens basketball team there is a lot of parity. Three different times this season, the Royals, 7-0 on the season, have scored 95 points in victories this season. The squad has also put up 93 points twice while scoring 82 and 80 points, respectively in the team’s wins. “We are executing pretty well offensively,” Danny Mertens, head Lake Region State College womens coach, stated. “I think a lot of that comes from good ball movement and running our offense properly.” On Friday and Saturday, the Royals picked up two more victories. Lake Region State College kicked off the Royal Invitational with a 93-68 win over Fort Berthold Community College. The contest was perhaps the Royals’ toughest test to date. While Lake Region State College won comfortably, their opponents gave them problems at times. Fort Berthold was much improved than when they played the Royals earlier in the season. We played a pretty good team tonight,” Mertens stated. “They were definitely improved and came in and scored the ball pretty well on us. Give them credit.” In all, the first-year head coach was pleased with his team’s effort in the victory. The Royals had four in double figures in the scoring column. Rebecca Eberle had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kennedy Henningsgard added 19 while Sara Schwanke had 18 points. Megan Cantellano finished with 10 points. “I think we need to keep working to make good decisions,” the coach added. “But, overall it was another good effort and another nice win.” Lake Region State College came back with another big win Saturday against the University of Jamestown JV. The home squad won 95-68. For the second night in a row, the Royals finished with 29 assists. “That’s nice to see,” Mertens said. “We’re doing a nice job getting into our offense.” Schwanke led the way with 17 points. Ashtin Freije, Kennedy Henningsgard and Megan Cantellano had 11 points each. Schwanke also had seven rebounds while Taylor Henningsgard had a game-high six assists. The game marked the last time the Royals will play at home until Dec. 14. Lake Region State College is going to hit the road. “We’re going to get the chance to see what we are made of coming up,” Mertens said. “But so far, I have been pleased with the improvements we have made. It’s been a good start.