• Bill Davis/News Utica’s Mack Marston swings a pass from inside the paint during the second half of Wednesday’s Licking County League game against Lakewood. The Lancers won, 49-40.
  • Bill Davis/News A member of the Utica Redskins puts a basketball through the banner as the team comes out onto the court before Wednesday’s Licking County League game against Lakewood. Utica fell to Lakewood, 49-40.

UTICA — As Utica’s conference drought continues, there are flashes of talent leading to glimmers of hope.

So far, none of it has translated into wins.

The Redskins stayed within 10 points of the visiting Lakewood Lancers throughout Wednesday’s game, but Lakewood never allowed a comeback thanks to a series of offensive rebounds in the final minute of its 49-40 victory.

“Our kids didn’t quit. They didn’t give up,” Utica coach Brian Radabaugh said. “We just have to figure out how to put a full 32 minutes together.”

The victory was Lakewood’s first in the Licking County League this season. Utica, meanwhile, lost its 19th straight conference game — this time, in heartbreaking fashion.

The Redskins had pulled to within four, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Dakota Woodard and a bucket by Gavin Posey. With under a minute to play, they had to foul the Lancers to send them to the line.

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