The LSE boys and girls junior high basketball teams opened the Centralia Tournament with impressive showings last night.
While the Lady Hawks turned back Mexico 32-17, the LSE boys also picked up their first win of the 2012-13 season by beating the Bulldogs 57-24.
The Lady Hawks, 4-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 18-8 lead against Mexico and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 14-9 in the second half for the victory.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the girls played like they just got back from a five day Thanksgiving break.
“It took the girls a while to wake up,” Allsop said. “There were moments when we looked good, especially getting our traps set on the press. However, our half-court defense showed much improvement is needed and rebounding was the worst it has been all year. All the girls got some minutes in the game, and a few really stepped up the intensity when we needed it. Leigha Vollmer especially had a good game; she was aggressive and hit some big shots for us including a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter.”
Leigha Vollmer and Paige Peterson tied for the team-high for LSE with nine points. Peterson also had two rebounds while Vollmer added one rebound and one steal. Kate Peterson finished the game with six points while Camryn Monteer added five points and two rebounds, Kyla Johnson with two points and four rebounds, Brynn Edwards with one point, one rebound and one steal, Stephanie Kempf with two rebounds and McKenna Stumph with one rebound.
For Mexico, Sydny Hull, Makenzie Resa and Kronesha each had four points.
As for the LSE boys, they trailed Mexico 10-9 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 48-14 scoring edge for the rest of the game for the victory.
LSE coach Terry Luster said the team played hard and built confidence as the game progressed. “We will need to continue to improve on rebounding and defense in the coming weeks,” Luster said.
Kole Ficken had 18 points, five rebounds and four steals to lead LSE, who improved to 1-3 on the season.
Alec Adair finished the game with 15 points, three rebounds and three steals while Avery Reardon added eight points and four rebounds, Weston Fahrenbrink with six points, three rebounds and three steals, Dee Sharp with four points and two rebounds and Giovanni Strickland, Brett Dillender and Ethan Waibel each with two points.