STEVENSVILLE - Four consecutive 3-pointers from Morgan Kaiser to open the game put the machine in motion as the Lakeshore girls completed the rout of Portage Central Friday night, 65-22.
Kaiser's first 3 opened scoring for the night, sinking the bucket from the far corner. The junior put away her next three shots to begin the night 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, leading the Lancers to a 12-2 run in the early goings of the game.
"She's hit over 100 3s this year, which is pretty impressive," Lancers coach Sydney Smallbone said. "She's a great shooter, shooting over 40 percent from the 3-point line right now, and that's against tougher teams, too, that we've played down the stretch of the season."
Kaiser finished the game with 21 points to lead the Lancers after sinking 8 of 13 shots, including five from long range.
Following Kaiser's 12-point effort to start the game, Lakeshore would hold a 22-8 lead after the first quarter of action. That lead would widen to 33-15 at the half.
Turnovers worked in favor of Lakeshore during the first half, as the Mustangs gave the ball up 17 times to allow the Lancers to capitalize for 12 points.
Portage Central reversed this trend in the later half, turning the ball over just eight times and forcing nine Lakeshore turnovers.
Kaiser picked back up in the second half, scoring her final nine points in the third quarter.
Lindsay Ebeling followed Kaiser in scoring with 13 points, shooting 5 of 12 with two points from the line and a made triple.
Smallbone pointed to Taylor Wagner as a key player for the Lancers Friday night, crediting her play in the post for some of the success her team saw.
"Wagner has really been stepping up big for us, our post player," Smallbone said. "She's only a sophomore so for her to get some solid varsity minutes - she's starting for us right now - is only going to help her in the long run when she's an upperclassman."
Wagner finished with just seven points but led in rebounding for the Lancers with eight, including five on the offensive end.
Andrea Nord led Portage Central with nine points, shooting 3 for 5 with a 3-for-6 mark at the line.
Lakeshore improves to 11-2 overall and remain undefeated in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference's West Division at 6-0.
Portage Central remains winless following the loss.
"I think it's important in sports to never take opponents lightly," Smallbone said. "I know I told our girls before the game started that if roles were reversed and we had lost to them at home like they did against us, how much would we prepare and how much would we be ready to go, we would have the same focus coming out."
Lakeshore 65, Portage Central 22
PORTAGE CENTRAL (22)
Taylor Coates 1 0-0 2, Aimee VanWalbeck 1 0-0 2, Starr Tillman 0 0-0 0, Lexi Hite 0 0-0 0, Natalie Sikkenga 0 0-0 0, Andrea Nord 3 3-6 9, Shea Mulvany 2 0-0 4, Broghan Gamblen 1 3-3 5, Sierra Easter 0 0-0 0, Tyler Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 6-9 22
Miranda Shindeldecker 1 1-2 3, Sarah Dubbert 3 0-0 8, Taylor Wagner 3 1-2 7, Carley Dubbert 1 4-4 6, Lindsay Ebeling 5 2-2 13, Morgan Kaiser 8 0-0 21, Morgan Shewmaker 1 0-0 2, Chloe Kalinas 1 0-0 3, Katie Gates 1 0-2 2, El Tyler 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 8-12 65
Portage Central 8 7 4 3 - 22
Lakeshore 22 11 26 6 - 65
3-point goals - Lakeshore 9 (Kaiser 5), PC 0. Total Fouls - Lakeshore 10, PC 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Lakeshore 36 (Wagner 8), PC 21 (Snyder 5). Assists - Lakeshore 16 (Dubbert 4, Ebeling 4), PC 3 (Snyder 2). Blocks - Lakeshore 1, PC 0.
Records - Lakeshore 6-0 SMAC West, 11-2; Portage Central 0-5, 0-12.
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