Thursday night at Prior Lake senior high the Lakers hosted the Eastview Lightning. Newly ranked Lightning came into the game tonight stressing the fact that they needed to play hard smart basketball to counter act the size advantage and the length of the Prior Lake centers and forwards. The Lakers Head Coach Mike Gibley told us that his team is scrappy and tough, and that if they play hard and execute their game plan for both halves, he’s confident they can beat anyone.
In the first half of play the Lightning fell behind early but were quickly able to gather themselves and play their game, gaining the lead late in the first half and seemed to be in total control of the game, ahead of the Lakers by seven with about 2:30 left to play. The Lakers wouldn’t let Eastview run away with the lead as they started to find some holes in the Lighting’s full court defense. Let by center Tiffaney Flaata the Lakers found some open lanes and were able drive to the paint and dish to the perimeter where Eastview had a hard time covering, and the Lakers go on an impressive 10-0 run with a last second lay-up to end the half.
The second half was a struggle for both teams as neither team was able to establish any substantial lead and take control of the game. The two teams traded blows back and forth but neither could develop any consistency on the offensive side. Half way through the second period the Lakers started to wear down, a concern of head coach Mike Gibley’s coming into the game as a result of the hard and fast way his team plays. For the Lightning freshman guard Madison Guebert played very well running the offense effectively and chiming in with a few scoring opportunities and trips to the free throw line. Effectively putting the game on ice and preserving the Lightning’s lead and they come away with a road victory tonight in Prior Lake