Lakeland girls basketball saved its best for last and outscored Northville 15-5 in the final quarter for a 28-25 victory Friday night.
The game was delayed a day with the schools canceled Thursday.
The Mustangs appeared in control up 20-13 entering the fourth quarter, but Lakeland went to
Lakeland (12-6) came out strong in the first quarter and led 9-3. Northville’s only points came on a three from Brook Adams.
However, it would take until the fourth quarter before Lakeland would score another field goal.
Northville (11-7) hammered away in the second quarter for a 13-1 advantage and a 16-10 halftime lead.
The Mustangs had five different scorers in the second quarter while Lakeland got a lone free throw from Molly Stec. The Eagles also turned the ball over eight times in the second as Northville pulled out a full-court press.
The Eagles had no answers for the pressure in the third quarter either with six turnovers and just three free throws. But Northville managed just four points in the third to lead 20-13 heading into the fourth.
With 5:45 to play, Lakeland’s Alana Weyer banked in a three-pointer for the first field goal since the final seconds of the first quarter for the Eagles.
Northville’s Emily Maresh answered right back with an inside hoop, and the lead stood at six with more than five minutes to play.
The Mustangs wouldn’t score another point until a last-second three with the score out of reach.
The Eagles went inside to senior and leading scorer Amanda Lock. She hit three inside buckets and added a free throw in a 12-0 run that swung the game in Lakeland’s favor.
Lock finished with a game-high 14 points. Weyer added six points.
Adams led Northville with seven while Maresh and Dillon Kendall added six points each.
The Eagles made just 8 of 30 shots on the night but had a massive advantage at the free throw line, making 11 of 24 charity shots to just 2 of 7 for Northville.