Inter-Lakes coach sees progress in loss to Somersworth

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes boys' basketball team remains winless on the season after falling to Somersworth Friday night 53-41. The young Lakers (0-3) squad struggled from behind the three point line and lost the battle for rebounds. Despite the result, the Inter-Lakes coach was encouraged by what he saw on the court.

"With the exception of one or two players this is a JV team that has been brought up prematurely," said Inter-Lakes coach Mike Rathgeber. "We were 0-3 at this point last year and made the tournament, so we will see," he continued. "Tonight was a quantum leap forward from the last two games." The Lakers dropped their first two contests by 35 and 42 points.

Inter-Lakes held Somersworth to 19 points in the first half. "The Lakers played the 1-2-2 defense well in the first half," commented coach Lorne Lucas, "We were tentative early, but made some adjustments at the half and they worked out. The key tonight was that we stayed together." Somersworth's adjustments led to 18 points in the third quarter. The majority of the baskets were the result of offensive rebounds. Hunter Kretschmar brought down 19 boards on his own. The Lakers' struggles behind the arch (2-13) contributed to many of the rebound opportunities.

Dillon Dow had a game high 22 points in the loss. The junior has averaged 25 points over the first three games. Malik Carter had nine points and six steals on the night.

The Lakers next game will be at home against Laconia on January 3.