Tritons host Iowa Lakes

Iowa Central will enjoy another day at home as both the women and men will host Iowa Lakes today inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

The sixth-ranked Triton women (18-4 overall, 7-3 ICCAC) will tip off at 1 p.m. against the Lakers (5-19, 2-8). The Triton men (15-10, 4-4) will start at approximately 3 p.m. against the 19th ranked Lakers (15-6, 6-2).

The men, who have won two straight and will be playing thier third consecutive home game, lost to the Lakers 98-90 in Estherville.

“It will be kind of a dogfight,” said Iowa Central head coach Dennis Pilcher. “We played them tough up there. They gout us down and we came back, we just couldn’t get over the hump.

“They’re playing good solid basketball.”

Pilcher’s group is coming off an impressive 94-79 victory over Kirkwood on Jam the Gym day. The Tritons drained 13 three-pointers in the contest. Dylan Travis had a career high 36 points, including five treys.

Justin Lawler (17), Jesse Jones (14) and Ky Kramer (11) also reached double figures.

The Tritons have playing solid lately, and Pilcher knows they’ll have to change some things around to split the series.

“I think we’ve been playing pretty good,” Pilcher said. “Our team has made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks.

“We’re playing hard and smarter Defensively we’re pretty solid. We just have to battle on the boards and battle for 40 minutes and we can’t have any slumps.”

The Triton women are coming off a 72-70 loss at Marshalltown, where they were without point guard Theresa Doyle.

“Doyle is day-to-day, so we need some players to step up,” said Iowa Central head coach Craig Carlson. “(Ashley) Ray will take her spot and it’s time for her to step up. She’s played 22 college games and we need her production.”

In their last meeting against Iowa Lakes, the Tritons came away with a 73-65 victory on the road.

“They are a pesky team and they play 10 or 11 girls,” Carlson said. “They’ll pick us up full court and our biggest concern without Doyle is to stay in front on the dribble. If we can do that, that will help.

“We need our players to step up off the bench and give us productive minutes.”

The Tritons men will continue their homestand on Wednesday when they host Clinton at 6 p.m. The women will travel to Iowa Western on Wednesday.