LSE boys edge Fulton, 37-35

It didn’t take long for the LSE Lady Pirates to bounce back after losing by two Monday night against Gentry in the Centralia Middle School Classic.
Playing Wednesday night against Fulton, the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter score against the Hornets and never looked back for a convincing 41-9 victory.
LSE, improving to 4-1 on the season, outscored Fulton in all four quarters of play and led 27-7 at the half and 37-7 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Hornets 4-2 in the final period.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the girls played better than the first game of the tournament. “Our shooting improved significantly since Monday night, especially from the free-throw line,” Allsop said. “Defensively, everyone on the team did a very nice job; we had a few mental lapses with our helpside and boxing out, but overall all the girls played well. Offensively, we ran our plays effectively, but we struggled to take care of the ball at times. Our guards did a great job of penetrating and getting open looks.”
Camryn Monteer led the Lady Pirates with 10 points along with two steals and one rebound.
Kate Peterson finished the game with eight points, four steals, two rebounds and two assists while Andrea Jackson added six points, four steals and two rebounds, Brynn Edwards with five points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Leigha Vollmer with four points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists, Brianna Walker with four points, four rebounds and two steals, Shayann Potter with two points, three rebounds and two assists, Kyla Johnson with two points and one rebound, Sarah Wells with three rebounds and one steal, Blake Allison with two rebounds and one assist and Caitlyn Humphrey with two rebounds and one steal.
Fulton was led by Alexus Weaver with six points.
As for the LSE boys, they won a nailbiter against Fulton by a score of 37-35.
The Pirates, 3-2 on the season, trailed Fulton 14-8 after one, 22-16 at the half and 28-24 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, LSE rallied back with a 13-7 advantage to win by two.
LSE coach Rob VanderLinden said the Pirates trailed the entire game by as much as nine points and were down seven with two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. “The kids didn’t give up and kept fighting and finally took the lead with 10 seconds to go in the game,” VanderLinden said. “I’m very proud of the kids, they never gave up and continued to play hard.”
Kole Ficken had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Pirates. Ethan Waibel finished the game with nine points and two rebounds while Jaylen Butner added six points and three rebounds, Avery Reardon with four points and three rebounds, Ryan Beaver and Alex Breshears each with two points and one rebound, Jacob Bailey with three rebounds, Skyler Blumhorst with two boards and Jared Viertel with one rebound.