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Lafayette start open league play fresh off solid showing at MICDS tourney

By: Warren Mayes


 

The Lafayette Lancers celebrate their second place finish at the recent MICDS Tournament.

The Lancers finished second in the MICDS Christmas Tournament. According to coach Dave Witter, it was a strong, but expected, showing.

“We had a strong four-game winning streak going into MICDS as the third seed including a strong team performance over Webster Groves,” Witter said. “We felt we dropped two games in the Marquette tournament that both required comeback efforts and had good chances to go on and win that we just didn’t close out. I felt that perhaps that created a never-say-die mindset for the girls.

Lafayette opened with a 53-47 win over St. Charles at MICDS. The Lancers were not at their best, Witter said, but they did not let them stop them from picking up the victory.

“We had some rust and weren’t sharp coming off finals but gutted it out and saw some signs of continued improvement,” Witter said.

The Lancers met Pattonville in semifinals scored a 64-34 win. The Pirates were the second seed in the tournament.

“Along with the Webster game earlier, this is perhaps our most total game of the season,” Witter said. “While the margin was large, it never felt as comfortable as it looked. [It was a] strong win but we’ll see the Pirates soon and anticipate a very competitive game then. We’ll have to be prepared for that one.”

That win sent Lafayette into the championship game against host MICDS. The Rams are among the best teams in the region regardless of class.

“MICDS was the first seed and had lost just once this year to date,” Witter said. “They’re ranked in the top 10 small schools in the area.”

The two teams have not played each other much.

“I don’t believe we’ve played them in the last four years,” Witter said.

MICDS showed why it was the top seed as the Rams scored a 49-30 victory.

“We weren’t able to match their physicality and had a tough time getting our offense on track,” Witter said. “We needed a better rebounding performance that is the focus for us moving forward.”

Witter said several Lancers played well in the tournament.

“I felt we had strong performances during the week from Tara Robbe, Sydnie Wolf, and Maddy Devereux,” Witter said. “Tara Robbe was selected to the five-player, all-tournament team.”

Overall, Witter said he is pleased with how the Lancers have competed this season.

“We’ve progressed throughout the year,” Witter said. “A starting rotation of three seniors and two juniors with quality bench players lends itself nicely to competitive opportunities. [We’re] focusing our efforts on improving our offensive efficiency and defensive intensity should pay dividends for a talented team.

“These girls have been a true joy to coach. It’s fun to see them after school each day. We have an opportunity to have a special year.”

 

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