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Lady Raiders bounce back from loss

November 21, 2021 - 00:00
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Swart, Roberts lead the way as Lomega topples Calumet; Chieftains avoid sweep

Lomega began what it hopes is a new winning streak on Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders rebounded from their first loss in nearly two full years with a 67-49 win at home against Calumet.

A 56-game win streak was snapped the previous Friday when Okarche prevailed in overtime.

In that loss, Lomega was just 8 of 25 (32 percent) from the free throw line.

Against Calumet, that accuracy improved to 10 of 14 (71 percent).

“That part of our game was definitely better,” coach Kevin Lewallen said. “But we’re still not shooting great from the field. That’s something I expect to improve.”

Still, Lomega buried nine 3-pointers against the Lady Chieftains.

Five of those came from sophomore Abby Swart, who led her team with 21 points.

Darcy Roberts made two more as part of her 15 points.

Swart had eight points in the second quarter as Lomega turned a four-point lead into a 32-20 halftime advantage.

Roberts scored nine in the third when the Lady Raiders piled on with a 16-5 run.

They also got seven apiece from Hensley Eaton and Sydni Walker.

The win upped Lomega’s record to 3-1.

Third quarter lifts Chieftains past Raiders

A big run in the third quarter allowed visiting Calumet to build a lead Lomega couldn’t overcome.

The Chieftains held off a late Raider rally to win 57-50 and hand Lomega its second straight loss.

The visitors outscored Lomega 20-10 in the third to post a 13-point lead.

Although freshman Jonah Pendergraft caught fire in the fourth, it wasn’t enough for Lomega.

Pendergraft made three 3-pointers and scored all 11 of his points in the final quarter.

He was one of just two Raiders to reach double figures.

Kelby Ott got the hot hand early.

He scored 10 points in the first quarter as Lomega kept even with the Chieftains.

However, Ott managed just one more field goal the rest of the game. He finished with 13 points.

Lomega was down just three points at half, but Calumet made its charge.

Dylan Walling, Matt Snyder and Hunter Arnold combined to score all the third-quarter points.

Snyder led Calumet with 18. Arnold scored 17 and Walling 13.

Lomega, now 2-2 on the season, got seven apiece from Blake Snowden and Brooks Uhlenhake.