The LSE Lady Hawks basketball team had the perfect season opener last night at home against West Junior.
Aside from winning at home by 30 points, 45-15, the Lady Hawks also had seven players in the scoring column while scoring in double digits in three out of the four quarters of play.
Of course after playing West Junior High to a 5-5 tie in the first quarter, the Lady Hawks took over the game after that with a mix of great defense and timely shooting to lead the Vikings 20-7 at the half. LSE never let off the brakes after that by outscoring West Junior 14-4 in the third to go up 34-11 and 11-4 in the final period.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said overall it was a good start to the season. "We did a lot of things well some of the time, especially getting good rebounding position and being patient," Allsop said. "The girls played well together as a team. However, as it was our first game, it also showed a lot of things that we need to work on."
Paige Peterson led the scoring attack in the game for LSE with 14 points along with five rebounds and two assists.
Kyla Johnson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal while Leigha Vollmer added seven points, Brynn Edwards with five points, three rebounds and two assists, Kate Peterson with four points, four rebounds and two steals, Camryn Monteer with four points and one rebound and Stephanie Kempf with four points.
For West Junior, Cassie Kent tossed in five points while Nujah White had four.
In the B-team game, West Junior edged the Lady Hawks by a score of 11-10.
While playing just two quarters, West Junior led 6-4 after one but was outscored 6-5 in the second.
Andrea Jackson had four points and four steals in the game for LSE while Brianna Walker added four points and two steals, McKenna Stumph with two points, one steal and one assist and Shayann Potter with two steals.
As for the LSE boys junior high basketball team, they had a little tougher time while falling to West Junior 34-22.
Of course it didn't help that LSE trailed West Junior 17-5 after the first period. But after that one horrendous quarter, the Hawks matched West Junior with 17 points for the rest of the game.
Nonetheless, West Junior led LSE 21-10 at the half and 29-14 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Hawks rallied back with a 8-5 advantage.
LSE coach Terry Luster said his team will need to work on several aspects of the game. "We played hard throughout the whole game and tried to make a comeback," Luster said. "We are lacking age and experience so I expect to get better as the season progresses."
Page 2 of 2 - Justin Lannin had the high game for West Junior with 11 points.
For LSE, Alec Adair tossed in 11 points while Kole Ficken added six points and three rebounds, Dee Sharp with three points and five rebounds and Giovanni Strickland with two points.
West Junior also won the B-game against LSE by a score of 31-10.
Ethan Waibel and Alex Breshears each had three points to lead the Hawks while Avery Reardon chipped in two and Giovanni Strickland and Jaylen Butner with one point each.