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Class B girls basketball: Lomega advances behind 25 points from Taylor Mendell

LOMEGA 65, BALKO 46 — Lomega advanced to the title game of the Class B girls state championship with a win over Balko. Lomega will face Hammon at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Class B girls championship.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, Published: March 2, 2012

Foul trouble hit early, and it hit hard, but it never shook Lomega head coach Kevin Lewallen or his team.

Fighting through behind 25 points from Taylor Mendell, second-ranked Lomega defeated Balko 65-46 Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Class B girls state basketball tournament at State Fair Arena.

Mendell made three 3-pointers in the game had 11 points in the third quarter, when Lomega built an 18-point lead.

“Taylor has struggled offensively the last three weeks, but she's been our second-leading scorer the last two years,” Lewallen said. “You knew it was just time. Luckily, she picked the right time to do it. She had a big game today.”

The foul problems never got the Raiders out of rhythm, which Lewallen partially credited to the play of his bench.

“We've got seven players who play a lot,” he said. “I thought Beca Drake and Amber Clayton came off the bench and played really hard, didn't do anything bad to hurt us. When Balko made their run in the second quarter, I thought those two helped us sustain that, keep our lead.”

Kylie Turner made three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points for the Raiders, who will face Hammon at 7 p.m. in Saturday's championship game in search of their 10th state championship.


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