The LSE Lady Pirates seventh and eighth grade basketball teams had a rough start to the season Monday night at home against the California Pintos.
While the LSE Lady Pirates seventh grade team fell to California 35-3, the LSE girls eighth grade team struggled as well to score while losing to the Pintos by a score of 47-8.
The LSE Lady Pirates seventh grade basketball team trailed California 9-0 after one and 21-3 at the half. Meanwhile, in the second half, California outscored the Lady Pirates 14-2.
LSE seventh grade coach Susie Stone said typical first game jitters.
“We struggled with the full court pressure of California and as a result we were unable to run any type of consistent offense,” Stone said. “Learning targets for the girls during this game, is that it is important to continue to remember your court responsibilities and not shy away from a new role or position. California was aggressive and now we have better expectations about what we need to do to take care of the ball and attack the basket as a team.  I was proud of the way the girls continued to hustle the entire game and never give up, they fought the entire four quarters.”
Lauren Friedrich paced all scorers in the game for California with 11 points.
For LSE, Carlie Bishop had two points, four rebounds and two steals. Molly Schuster finished the game with two points, three rebounds and one steal while Addy Ward added one point and two rebounds, Kinley Fox three rebounds and one steal, Heather Hall four rebounds, Kasie Northern and Natalie Page each with two rebounds and Hope Chambers with one rebound.
The LSE Lady Pirates shot just 17 percent from the field but were 50 percent from the foul line.
As for the LSE girls eighth grade basketball team, they also came out slow to start the game and trailed California 27-4 at the half and 37-6 after three quarters of play. The Pintos also held a 10-2 advantage in the fourth.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said this was their first game and the girls never gave up playing. “Each girl played the game with all the effort they had,” Nelson said. “I look forward to the season progressing and seeing what this team can do.”
Madison Henderson, Chloe Ward, Nora Morris and Kyleigh Thacker each had two points in the game for LSE. Thacker also finished the game with two rebounds while Anna Thompson had one rebound and one assist. Henderson, Ward and Faith Mesik also had one rebound each.