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Five days after scoring a season-low 25 points in a loss to Libertyville, Lake Forest made sure they equalled that amount by halftime.
Led by junior Annie Keller’s eight first half points, the Scouts led 25-11 at the break and never led by less than eight points the rest of the way in defeating Deerfield 45-37 Thursday night.
“We decided before the game, to put it quite simply, to focus,” Keller said, who led all scorers with 19 points. “We come out sometimes and don’t have our head in the game. We wanted to come out strong and get a good lead.”
Lake Forest (3-10) had one of its best defensive games of the season, snapping an eight-game losing streak.
Keller scored six points during a 18-3 run, which spanned over 10 minutes of play. Deerfield went over 12 minutes without scoring a basket over three quarters. When the Warriors did finally end their drought on a Kathryn Hoffman basket with 6:28 left in the third quarter, the score was 27-13 and the Scouts were in firm control.
“I said to everyone before the game, ‘we are going to start with defense,” Keller said. “Then the offense will follow.”
After a 3-0 start in the Central Suburban North, Deerfield (5-8) has dropped its last four. The Warriors erased any chance of coming all the way back in the game by shooting a poor 12-of-24 from the foul line.
“We didn’t come out with a sense of urgency,” Deerfield coach Mike Muldrow said. “I guess that’s part of the learning experience with this team.”
Junior Kate Arnson added eight points for the Scouts. Freshman Margot Sylvan led the Warriors with seven points.