Lakeview takes down Falcons

CORTLAND – The first meeting of the season between the Lakeview Bulldogs and Jefferson Falcons resulted in a 39-35 Lakeview win.

There was one piece to the puzzle missing much of that game for Bulldogs coach Adam Lewis. Junior guard Allie Pavlik spent considerable time on the bench after being whistled for four quick fouls, including her only technical of the season.

Pavlik avoided foul trouble and the wrath of the same official that called the technical when the teams met for a second time, and it made a huge difference. Pavlik equaled the Falcons’ scoring effort of the first game with a 35-point performance as the Bulldogs rolled to an 83-61 win Thursday in an All American Conference girls’ basketball game.

Unlike the slow pace of the first game, the second encounter was nothing but run-and-gun. It couldn’t have fit the Bulldogs’ style any better.

“This is the first time in awhile that a team actually let us play like we play,” Pavlik said. “When they ran with us, I knew we would be okay with that. We came out strong.”

Lakeview (12-4, 7-1 AAC National Division) didn’t press as much as normal because of Jefferson’s quickness, but there were still plenty of turnovers (31 by the Falcons and 26 by the Bulldogs). It was more like a pick-up game with the first team to score a certain amount of points getting the win.

“When we went up to their place earlier in the season, we played their style of basketball,” Lewis said. “They came here and wanted to run. That’s why the score was what it was. Both teams were trying to run, and it’s our style of game.”

The Falcons (5-10, 1-6) had no choice but to keep running after falling behind 24-19 through the first quarter.

“Offensively, if we score 61 points, I expect us to be right in the game,” Falcons coach Rod Holmes said. “Defensively we had a few letdowns. We let them take it to the basket too many times.”

The Bulldogs had balance throughout the lineup as eight players scored. Calli Schmitt had a big game with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Rebecca Mansell ran the floor effectively and finished with 15 points.

Pavlik had a hot hand in scoring 25 points in the first half. She made three 3-point shots and spread her points evenly in the half with 12 in the first quarter and 13 in the second.

Pavlik recalls all too well her rough performance in the first game against Jefferson.

“My teammates really stepped up,” Pavlik said. “They really took advantage of that game. In my eyes they won that game. I came in and did what I needed to do to help them win that, but they stepped up those two quarters I was out. In this game I was smarter, and I tried not to get into foul trouble.”

Pavlik scored just two points in the third quarter as both teams began to cool off. The Bulldogs, however, managed to stretch their lead to 24 points, 66-42, midway through the third quarter. Lakeview was able to cruise after taking a 69-48 lead into the final period.

Ariann Barile led the Falcons in scoring with 18 points, including 10 in the first quarter.

Lakeview hosts Austintown Fitch Monday. Jefferson travels to Howland Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. game.