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12/3/12 Lake Villa Lakes Amanda Smith (23) goes down court against Carmel's Leah Lach (11) during their basketball game Monday, Dec. 3. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Kathleen Felicelli scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as visiting Carmel led virtually the entire way en route to a 52-44 win over Lakes 52-44 on Monday in a nonconference meeting.
Carmel (6-2) has won four games in a row, while Lakes fell to a 4-4 overall with the loss.
Lakes held a brief lead in thefirst quarter before Carmel reeled off 10 straight points in building a 16-5 advantage, and the score went back and forth from there.
Each time Lakes would draw within three or four points, Carmel (20-of-42 shooting from the field, but 12-of-26 from the foul line) would answer with timely baskets.
Leah Lach added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Corsairs, and Cassidy Kloss chipped in eight points off the bench.
“There were stretches tonight when our offense looked better than it has all season,” said Carmel coach Kelly Perz. “We were executing and getting layups.
“Then, there were times when we got away from that. We need to put a whole game together. That’s what we’re working toward.”
Terese McMahon had 19 points and six rebounds for Lakes, but no other Eagle tallied more than six points.
“We have to get scoring production from more of the team than just Terese McMahon,” said Lakes coach Pete Schneider. “We didn’t come out with any intensity.
“Carmel is always aggressive. Kelly does a great job. We didn’t match their intensity early ... that was the problem.”
Lakes pulled within 44-40 with three minutes to play.
Kloss then scored on a lay in bucket. After many misses by both teams, Lach hit two free throws with 1:41 left to secure the win.
Carmel has now beaten Lakes three straight years, all by single-digit margins.
“It stinks. Every year, we’re right there and we’re just not able to get over that hump,” McMahon said. “I thought our effort was relentless in the second half. We picked up the intensity, and worked well as a team, and that got us back into it.”