In a game that could have gone either way, the LSE Lady Hawks basketball team fell on the short end last night on the road against the California Pintos by a score of 30-25.
As for the LSE boys, they had a little tougher time while losing to the Pintos 33-19.
The Lady Hawks, dropping to 9-3 on the season, opened the first half with a one-point lead against California 12-11. However, in the third quarter, California rallied back with a 7-6 advantage to tie the game at 18-all. Meanwhile, with just six minutes remaining in the ballgame, the Lady Pintos saved their best for last by outscoring LSE 12-7 for the victory.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said defensively the girls played hard at times, but they made too many mental mistakes on offense and on the press break to win this game.
“McKenna Stumph did a good job coming off the bench and getting some key baskets for us when we struggled to score,” Allsop said. “We need to work on getting more mentally and physically prepared for tough games so we can compete through the fourth quarter and finish.”
Paige Peterson had 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals for LSE.
McKenna Stumph, meanwhile, finished the game with four points while Camryn Monteer added three points, five rebounds and two steals, Leigha Vollmer three points and two rebounds, Kate Peterson with two points and two steals, Kyla Johnson with one point and three rebounds and Brynn Edwards also with one point.
For California, Cameron Meyer had 12 and Cassie Dearixon 11.
As for the LSE boys, they trailed California from the onslaught as the Pintos led 11-5 after one, 20-11 at the half and 31-16 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Hawks held a 3-2 scoring edge.
LSE coach Terry Luster said with injury and illness the Hawks played mostly seventh graders against California's eighth graders. “We played hard but had numerous turnovers and missed shots,” Luster said. “It was good experience for the younger players.”
Jared Viertel had the team-high for LSE, who dropped to 5-7, with seven points. Weston Fahrenbrink chipped in six, Kole Ficken four and Jaylen Butner with two.
In the B-team game, LSE defeated California 12-11.
Avery Reardon tallied six points to lead the Hawks while Don Hammers had four and Ethan Waibel two.