LSE 7th boys drop home opener against Bulldogs, 39-24

Avian Thomas led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points and eight rebounds as the LSE boys eighth grade basketball team turned back the Mexico Bulldogs 37-20 in NCMC action Tuesday night in Boonville.
As for the LSE boys seventh grade basketball team, they fell at home against Mexico by a score of 39-24.
The LSE boys eighth grade basketball team, 2-0 on the season, outscored Mexico in each of the four quarters of play and led 7-4 after one, 16-9 at the half and 26-13 after three quarters of play. The Pirates also outscored Mexico 11-7 in the final period.
LSE eighth grade coach Rob VanderLinden said the Pirates won both their home and conference opener.
“We won each quarter, which is one of our goals,” VanderLinden said. “The kids really played good defense which lead to easy baskets for us. They also handled the full-court press, which Mexico played the whole game. Good teams win with eight players scoring points and everyone receiving playing time and contributing with rebounds and defense.”
Tramell Coleman finished the game with eight points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates while Nathan Platt added seven points and six rebounds, Gavin Bishop with three points and four rebounds, Colton Scott and Peyton Keeran each with two points and three rebounds, Will Rehagen with two points and two rebounds, Dominic VanDyke with one point and two rebounds, Nick Ferrari with four rebounds, Ethan Walker and Brayden Page with two rebounds each and Carson Bail with one rebound.
As for the LSE boys seventh grade basketball team, they had a great start in the first quarter while leading Mexico 9-5. However it was all downhill after that as the Bulldogs went into the half leading 16-11 and then outscored LSE 23-13 in the final-two periods for the victory.
LSE seventh grade coach Joe Henke said he thought the game came down to the ability to handle the basketball and making shots and the Pirates just did not do a very good job at either one. “We shot 2 of 18 at the free-throw line and just did not finish around the basket tonight,” Henke said. “I thought the boys played hard, but we have to be able to handle the basketball and cut down on the turnovers.”
Jesse Fenneweld had 14 points and Ty Prince 12 to lead Mexico.
For LSE, who dropped to 1-1 on the season, Axton Nease finished the game with 10 points, two rebounds and one steal.
Cody Garner added six points and 11 rebounds while Tyson Franklin and Kale Rice chipped in three points and four rebounds each, Kyler Fenton with two points, one rebound and one steal and Saylor Marquez with 10 rebounds.
The Pirates also struggled at the free-throw line against Mexico by hitting only 2 of 18 shots for 11 percent.