LCA senior Anna Reimink leans back to get her shot off over the outstretched defense of MHA's Annie Seida. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
LCA senior Anna Reimink leans back to get her shot off over the outstretched defense of MHA's Annie Seida. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
WINONA LAKE – The little things cost Lakeland Christian Academy Thursday.

The Lady Cougars basketball team blew an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter for a home loss to Michiana Homeschool Academy.

“At the end they hit their shots and we didn’t hit our free throws or shots, and the momentum started switching there,” said LCA coach Allie?Kauffman “Some of those things, we didn’t take care of ball as well as we wanted at the end of the game.”

The game was close throughout, and Lakeland Christian (6-6) trailed 36-34 with around five minutes to play.

However, three straight turnovers by the Thunder spurred a run by Lakeland Christian.

Anna Reimink sank two free throws and followed up with a basket.

Jessi Calizo sank a free throw, and sank another bucket.

Reimink got a rebound and went coast to coast to lay it up despite a foul, and sank the and-1 free throw.

Suddenly, LCA had completed a 10-0 run and led by eight with three minutes to go.

“It definitely was our defense,” Kauffman said. “We picked up our full-court pressure in the second half and especially that fourth quarter.”

The Thunder didn’t quit. They sparked a 13-3 run, during which the Lady Cougars missed six of seven free throws, to tie the score at 47.

“(Perseverance) is something that we’ve been working on because we’ve been lacking that throughout the year,” said MHA coach John Hallam. “They were able to finally come through and focus on what they needed to get done.”

MHA scored on a put-back for what proved to be the game-winning points.

Lakeland Christian turned over the ball, but Reimink came through with a heads-up steal. She got to the other end of the court before passing off to a teammate, but a good shot fell just short as time expired.

“There’s always something to learn, and we’re taking this game, learning from our mistakes and we’ll move on and get better for Saturday,” Kauffman said.

Tori Calizo led the Lady Cougars with 14 points, while Jessi Calizo and Anna Reimink had 12 points each.

Hallam scored a game-high 17 points for MHA (4-6).

The game was close throughout. Lakeland Christian led 13-9 after the first quarter and 17-16 at halftime, before trailing by two to start the fourth.

The Lady Cougars (6-6) will play Saturday at the Bethany Christian Tournament.

They’ll  begin the day against Bethany Christian at 10 a.m.



MH    9    7    17    10    –    49

LCA    13    4    14    16    –    47

Michiana Homeschool – Mary Seida 2 0-0 4, Zoe West 0 0-0 0, Dahlia Goeglein 0 0-0 0, Jessica Stutzman 0 0-0 0, Grace Hallam 4 8-11 17, Caroline Seida 2 0-0 4, Bethany Stutzman 0 0-0 0, Annie Seida 8 2-6 21, Makaya Cooper 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-17 49.

Lakeland Christian – Jessi Calizo 4 3-6 12, Tori Calizo 4 5-8 14, Anna Reimink 4 4-8 12, Maddie Paris 0 0-2 0, Abigail Fishel 2 0-0 4, Natalie Norris 0 0-0 0, Carly O’Hara 1 0-0 2, Lauren Starrett 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 12-24 47.

Three-pointers – Michiana Homeschool 7 (A. Seida 6, Hallam 1), Lakeland Christian 2 (J. Calizo 1, T. Calizo 1); Rebounding – Lakeland Christian 34 (T.?Calizo 9); Turnovers – Lakeland Christian 19; Records: Michiana Homeschool 4-6, Lakeland Christian 6-6.