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The Suburbanite
  • Battered Tigers forced to adjust roster, roles

  • Sooner or later, the injuries have to end, or else the Lake Center Christian Tigers are going to run out of healthy bodies.



    The result was a 41-29 home loss for the banged-up Tigers against Rittman, their sixth-straight loss to begin the season.

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  • Sooner or later, the injuries have to end, or else the Lake Center Christian Tigers are going to run out of healthy bodies.
    The result was a 41-29 home loss for the banged-up Tigers against Rittman, their sixth-straight loss to begin the season.
    Already down three key rotation players, the Tigers (0-6) lost sophomore guard Kelsey Raymondi, who suffered a knee injury two days earlier against Sandy Valley.
    “We were down another player, and with Kelsey, we’re playing it by ear. When she’s able to practice, she’ll be able to play in games,” first-year coach Paul Zacour said.
    LCCS turned to freshman Brianna Miller as its primary ball handler against Rittman, and the change forced other members of the starting lineup to shift into different roles.
    The Tigers fell behind 9-2 in the early going, but were able to rally back and take the lead in the second quarter behind improved defense. After allowing 14 points in the first quarter, LCCS surrendered just four in the second and closed the half down one, 18-17, as Zacour attempted to keep his few healthy players fresh by mixing in freshman guard Gianna Skeriotis, who had been playing exclusively on the junior varsity team but was called upon to step up against Rittman.
    Zacour was pleased with how his team responded after falling behind early.
    “It was good to see the girls fight back and understand that when a team hits you with a big run, you can battle back. It definitely took us a while to adjust early on and for the girls to get their bearings in a different position and different role, but I thought in the second and third (quarters), we did good job of figuring things out,” Zacour said.
    When LCCS was able to hang on to the ball, the Tigers shot 11-of-19 from the field, but Rittman limited itself to 11 turnovers and had 13 more field goal attempts, providing the necessary edge despite a lower shooting percentage.
    Senior guard Olivia Myers led LCCS with 11 points. Miller added nine points, and Skeriotis had seven in her first varsity action. Sophomore forward Lauren Penvose, the team’s leading rebounder through six games, again was the Tigers’ best on the glass with eight caroms.