COLUMBUS — Lakeview and David City were locked in a tight game through three quarters Saturday evening.
Then Makenna Klug got hot from behind the 3-point arc.
The Lakeview junior knocked down three treys in the fourth quarter as the Vikings turned a two-point lead into a 53-39 home victory.
“For the first time this year, we calmly pulled away in a close game,” said Lakeview head coach Monte Jones, whose team improved to 3-3 with the win.
Klug’s scoring outburst played a big part in Lakeview’s ability to extend its lead late.
The Vikings were up 31-29 entering the fourth quarter, then Klug buried all three of her 3-pointers by the period’s midway point as part of a 13-4 Lakeview run. She finished with 11 points.
Lakeview scored 22 points in the final quarter to make a back-and-forth game look somewhat lopsided.
David City head coach Nathan Wall called it his team’s best performance from start to finish all season.
“I was very proud of our girls for being in it until the very end,” he said. “That was a lot closer than what the final score indicated.”
The Scouts (1-5) were up 13-12 after a Renee Backstrom jumper and Chaquoya Givens free throw ended the first-quarter scoring.
Macy Svoboda added six of her eight points in the opening period on a pair of 3-pointers.
Lakeview opened the second quarter with a bucket by Brooklyn Wilke and 3-pointer from Morgan Bignell and never trailed again. The Viking lead grew to 23-15 following six straight Lakeview points from Abby Kapels, who finished with 13, and the margin stood at 26-19 entering halftime.
The Vikings used a trapping defense to force David City turnovers that led to breakaway layups.
“They’re long and they’re fast,” Wall said. “ ... I feel like their defense gives a lot of people problems.”
But the Scouts were able to find some good looks.
David City chipped away at the deficit in the third quarter as Olivia Couch and Givens, who scored a team-best nine points each, both put in four during the period.
A Couch jumper with a minute to go brought David City to within 30-27 and a Givens rebound and putback made it a two-point game entering the fourth quarter.
The Scouts made an adjustment in the second half to take away the high-post pass to a player cutting to the rim, but that opened up the 3-point shot.
“And the Klug girl nailed it — time and again,” Wall said.
Gracie Borer led Lakeview with 17 points, including nine in the final quarter.
Jones said her return from a knee injury that sidelined the junior for much of last season is providing some extra “hunger” as she works back to game shape.
“She’s just going to get better,” the Lakeview coach said.
Ali Janssen and Bignell chipped in five points each for Lakeview, and the team got a big contribution from another player who didn’t make the scoring column.
“Emily Van Cleave gave us an energy boost on defense,” Jones said. “She got a couple of steals, a couple of tips that led to runouts for other people.”
The Vikings have an extended break before returning to the court Dec. 28 for the Columbus Holiday Tournament hosted by Scotus Central Catholic. They face Schuyler in the opener.
After Saturday’s game, Jones is happy to see David City, which hosts East Butler on Thursday, crossed off Lakeview’s schedule.
“They are vastly improved and getting better,” he said. “I’m glad we played them early and not late, because they are going to be getting a lot better.”