LSE eighth graders Paige Peterson and Alec Adair both had something in common while leading the Hawks past Fulton in NCMC action last night at the LSE gymnasium.
For starters, they both led their teams in scoring as the Lady Hawks defeated Fulton 32-23 while the LSE boys prevailed over the Hornets 28-22.
The Lady Hawks, improving to 9-2 on the season, struggled offensively in the first half while trailing Fulton 13-12 at the break. However, in the second half, LSE looked more like its old self by outscoring the Lady Hornets 20-10 for the nine-point victory.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the girls started out great and then gave away an 8-0 lead because they didn’t take care of the ball on offense.
“Coming out in the second half, we had the opportunity to play from behind and had to work as a team to get the lead back,” Allsop said. “At times we demonstrated some mental toughness and made smart decisions and smart passes when we had the lead. At other times, we made careless turnovers, dribbled into traffic, and tried to do too much as individuals.”
Peterson finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Leigha Vollmer added eight points and three rebounds, Kyla Johnson with six points, nine rebounds and one steal, Camryn Monteer with four points and two rebounds, Kate Peterson with two points, one rebound and one steal, Brynn Edwards with two points and McKenna Stumph with four rebounds.
The Lady Hawks also finished the game hitting 13 of 40 shots from the field for 33 percent and 3 of 7 from the foul line for 43 percent.
Fulton was led by Vaughn with 12 points.
As for the LSE boys, they couldn’t have asked for a better start while leading Fulton 11-5 after one and 17-9 at the half. However, in the third quarter, the Hornets rallied back with a 11-2 scoring edge to lead the Hawks by one at 20-19. Fortunately for Hawks, they still had one quarter left as LSE stormed back with a 9-2 advantage in the final period for the victory.
LSE coach Terry Luster said this was a slow pace game. “Not out best outing but glad to get the win,” Luster said. “The kids played hard in the fourth quarter to regain the lead after a three-point buzzer beater to end the third quarter.”
Alec Adair led all scorers in the game for LSE, 5-6 on the season, with 17 points, two rebounds and two steals.
Brett Dillender had four points and six rebounds while Kole Ficken added three points, seven rebounds and one steal, Giovanni Strickland with two points, four rebounds and one steal and Weston Fahrenbrink with two points and one rebound.
The LSE boys and girls basketball teams will play next on Monday, Dec. 17 at California starting at 6 p.m.