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FOREST CITY – With a roster that lost a lot of senior leadership from a season ago and a new coach at the helm, it was predictable that the Forest City girls basketball team would get off to a bit of a slow start this season.

At Winter Break, Indians coach Matt Erpelding already knew the Indians had more potential, so the challenge to his players was on.

Entering Friday’s game against Lake Mills, the Indians responded to Erpelding with six wins in their eight outings with the only blemishes in that span being road losses to second-rated (1A) West Hancock and fourth-rated (3A) Clear Lake.

With a 56-43 win over the Bulldogs on Friday, make that streak seven-of-nine.

“We needed to raise the bar on both ends of the floor,” Erpelding said. “We’re playing pretty well right now.”

The Indians took control of the game in a third quarter that saw them outscore Lake Mills 20-9.

The Bulldogs were never able to cut the margin to single digits after that run.

Senior guard Kelsey Koch, who had 17 in her last outing, erupted for 20 points to lead the Indians. Koch averages nearly 10 per game. 

Shae Dillavou added eight.

Taylor Ingledue and Jessa Gasteiger had 13 and 12 points, respectively, to pace Lake Mills.

Kelsey Koch scored 17 points and had four steals, leading Forest City to an 18-point win over Belmond-Klemme on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The final score was Forest City 59, Belmond-Klemme 41.

Junior Kallista Larson led the team in rebound, with six. She also had four assists, and four steals. The win was Forest City's sixth in its past seven games.

Forest City (12-7) returns to the court on Monday for a matchup against Bishop Garrigan.

Lake Mills (7-11) travels to North Butler on Tuesday.

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