Sophie Waibel and Jodie Bass combined for 33 of the team’s 39 points to lead the LSE girls eighth grade basketball team past Fulton 39-24 Monday night in the opening round of the Centralia Tournament.
As for the LSE boys eighth grade basketball team, they fell against Fulton 44-16.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 5-0 on the season, led Fulton 16-2 after first period’s end and then took a 21-8 lead at the half. Meanwhile, after the Lady Hornets outscored LSE 8-7 in the third, the Lady Pirates came back and held a 11-8 advantage in the final period to win the game by 15.
LSE coach Doug Austin said it was a very good start to the tournament.  “We got a lot of turnovers from the press again at the beginning of the game and got off to a really big lead,” Austin said.  “I thought our defense was really good at times, but we still have some things to work on.  Our offense looked sloppy as well at times  and we really need to create more shots by moving the ball more and not standing still.  Otherwise it was a really good effort by everyone.”
Waibel also had four rebounds, three steals and one assist in the game for the Lady Pirates, who were 2 of 5 from the foul line for 40 percent but only 17 of 44 from the field for 39 percent.
Bass finished the game with two rebounds, two steals and one assist to go along with her 15 points.
Hana Cook chipped in four points, seven rebounds and three assists while Olivia Gholson added two points, three steals, two assists and one rebound, Makiya West with nine rebounds and two steals, Daylynn Baker two assists, one steal and one rebound, Mahailey Smith one rebound and one steal, Gracie Sadler and Brittany Arth each with one rebound and Aly Blank with one steal.
For Fulton, Olivia Gowen and N. Pittman each had seven points.
As for the LSE boys, they played a great first half while trailing Fulton by only one at 13-12. However the second half was a different story as the Hornets came out and outscored LSE 31-4 for the victory.
LSE coach Joe Henke said the boys struggled shooting last night and never recovered.  
“I thought we struggled hitting shots last night and it affected our effort the rest of the game,” Henke said.   “We are struggling the last few games and the boys are pressing and putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”
Cody Garner had the team-high for LSE, who dropped to 2-3, with six points. Axton Nease chipped in four while Tyree Walters, Saylor Marquez and Kayle Rice added two points each.