The LSE boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams couldn’t have finished any better Tuesday night at home against the Fayette Falcons.
While winning the seventh grade game on a last second shot by Ethan Watson to beat Fayette 36-35, the LSE Pirates eighth grade team had less drama while leading the Falcons from the second quarter on en route to a 48-32 victory.
The LSE boys seventh grade basketball team, finishing the season at 6-3 overall, opened the game with a 9-6 lead against Fayette but then was outscored in the second period 11-7 to trail by one at the half 17-16. The Falcons also held a 11-7 advantage in the third quarter to go up 28-23. However, in the final period, LSE rallied back and outscored Fayette 13-7 and scored the final basket in the closing seconds for the victory.
LSE seventh grade coach Doug Austin said it was a great win to end the season.
 “This team has been dealing with adversity all year long,” Austin said. “We were out three players tonight due to illness. That left us with only eight for the game.  You could tell we were getting tired at the end but they fought back and pulled ahead again at the buzzer for the win.  I think we were down by seven points with about three minutes left when we started our full court press.  I don’t know how many turnovers we got but there were several possessions in a row where we kept getting the ball back.  It was truly a great team effort by everyone last night.  Jordan Fishburn led in scoring with 12 points.  Cameron Poulsen had 8 points as well.  Jackson Johns had 6 points but was in double digits in rebounds with 13 boards and then also had 5 assists.  Then Ethan Watson with the bucket at the end to win the game after the assist from Jackson.  Incredible effort.  I am very proud of this team.  They worked hard all season long and it was a great way to go out with a win.”
Jordan Fishburn had the high game for LSE with 12 points along with 10 rebounds and one assist.
Cameron Poulsen finished the game with eight points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds while Jackson Johns added six points, 13 rebounds, five steals and two assists, Ethan Watson five points, six rebounds and one steal, Garrett Hundley four points, one steal and one rebound, Connor Rhorer one point and two rebounds, Blake Richardson one rebound and one steal and Trent Maxwell with two rebounds.
For Fayette, Ben Wells had 17, Kyler Heath 11 and Alex McBain with seven.
  As for the LSE boys eighth grade basketball team, they trailed Fayette 14-12 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 18-8 advantage in the second to lead at the half by a score of 30-22. The Pirates then outscored Fayette 18-10 in the second half, which included a 11-0 third quarter, to garner the victory.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said this was a great way to end the season.
“Our boys played well tonight,” Walk said. “We came out in the second half and really played defense. I look forward to some big things in the future for this group. This was a very exciting team to watch and it was fun coaching them.”
DJ Wesolak finished the game with a double-double for LSE with 24 points and 16 rebounds. He also had five blocked shots.
Treveon Coleman also had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals while DaWan Lomax added two points, eight rebounds and six assists and Lane Keeran with six rebounds and three assists.