The LSE boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams had a tough start to the Centralia Middle School 8th Grade Classic Monday night by dropping two games against the Mexico Bulldogs.
The loss was especially tough for the LSE boys after having already beaten Mexico earlier in the season. The Pirates fell to Mexico Monday night 46-37 while the LSE girls dropped a 46-13 decision against the Lady Bulldogs.
LSE boys basketball coach Curtis Walk said the boys couldn’t put the ball in the basket.
“We had a lot of missed shots,” Walk said. “We had a lot of turnovers as well. We have to get better at taking care of the ball and passing better. Tough night for our kids. We will keep working and getting better.”
The Pirates, dropping to 4-2 on the season, had a great start in the game while leading Mexico 16-9 after first period’s end. However, in the second quarter, LSE couldn’t buy a basket while the Bulldogs couldn’t miss while holding a 20-7 advantage to go up by six at 29-23. In the third quarter, the Pirates cut into Mexico’s lead with a 8-4 scoring edge to make it a two-point ballgame at 33-31. But in the final period, the Bulldogs were able to take advantage of all the missed layups by outscoring LSE 13-6 for the victory.
Treveon Coleman had 24 points and six rebounds to lead LSE. Jamesian McKee finished the game with seven points and 11 rebounds while DJ Wesolak added five points and 12 rebounds.
For Mexico, Isaiah Reams tossed in 22 points while Drew Blevins added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
As for the LSE girls, they struggled from the start to score points and trailed Mexico 10-5 after first period’s end and 25-5 at the half. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored LSE 21-8 in the second half.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the team came out and played hard in the first quarter. “The girls did well making adjustments on offense and defense throughout the game,” Nelson said. “We are looking forward to continuing in the Centralia Tournament and will be ready to play Wednesday.”
Taylor DeMint paced all scorers in the game for Mexico with 13 points.
For LSE, Faith Mesik finished the game with four points and one steal. Kyleigh Thacker chipped in three points and 12 rebounds while Nora Morris added two points, seven rebounds and one steal, Madison Henderson two points, two steals and one rebound, Grace Dennis two points and two rebounds and Anna Thompson with three rebounds.