'Busco girls fall to Lakeland

CHURUBUSCO — The Lady Eagles basketball team opened a boy-girl double-header with a loss Friday, falling to the visiting Lady Lakers of Lakeland, 49-44.In the first quarter, Lakeland jumped out to an early lead off of consecutive scores from Abi Thompson. After a foul shot from Thompson the Lady Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 deficit three minutes into the game.Thompson scored again for Lakeland, but it was the last basket the Lady Lakers would score in the opening period.Savannah Labenz scored four straight points to give Churubusco the lead.Haleigh Gross followed suit with five straight, part of nine total unanswered by the Lady Eagles to end the first quarter at 13-7.Much like the first half, the third period was a game of lead changes. There were three in the first two minutes and five overall in the eight-minutes.McKibben opened the fourth with a bucket and Labenz countered from long range. For the third time in the contest, the teams were tied, this time knotted at 40.Halfway through the fourth quarter and trailing by five, Gross scored two from the foul stripe, recorded a steal and fed Blake on an inbound for two points. Meanwhile, McKibben continued her offensive output, scoring four consecutive for the Lady Lakers down the stretch, securing the victory for Lakeland, 49-44.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the Feb. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.