12/3/12 Lake Villa Lakes Amanda Smith (23) goes down court against Carmel's Leah Lach (11) during their basketball game Monday, Dec. 3. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:12AM
Kathleen Felicelli scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as visiting Carmel led virtually the entire way and beat Lakes 52-44 on Monday in a non-conference prep girls basketball game.
Carmel’s 6-2 overall and has won four straight. Lakes is 4-4.
Lakes led 1-0 and 3-2, but Carmel scored 10 straight points, eventually went 16-5, and the game rubber-banded from there.
Each time Lakes would get within 3-4 points, Carmel (20-of-42 shooting from the field, but 12-of-26 from the foul line) would stack buckets to regain control.
Leah Lach added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Corsairs, and Cassidy Kloss had eight points off the bench.
“There were stretches tonight when our offense looked better than it has all season,” said Carmel coach Kelly Perz. “We were executing and getting layups.
“Then, there were times when we got away from that. We need to put a whole game together. That’s what we’re working toward.”
For Lakes, Terese McMahon had 19 points and six rebounds, but no other Eagle had more than six points.
“We have to get scoring production from more of the team than just Terese McMahon,” said Lakes coach Pete Schneider. “We didn’t come out with any intensity.
“Carmel is always aggressive. Kelly does a great job. We didn’t match their intensity early ... that was the problem.”
The closest Lakes got in the fourth quarter was 44-40 with three minutes to play.
Kloss then scored on a layin and after many misses at both ends, Lach hit two free throws with 1:41 to play to secure the win.
Carmel has now beaten Lakes three straight years, all but single-digit margins.
“It stinks. Every year, we’re right there and we’re just not able to get over that hump,” McMahon said. “I thought our effort was relentless in the second half. We picked up the intensity, and worked well as a team, and that got us back into it.”