The LSE boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams picked up the sweep Monday night at home by beating the Versailles Tigers by the scores of 34-28 and 34-31, respectively.
For the seventh grade boys, they led Versailles from start to finish while taking a 23-13 lead in to the half. However, in the third quarter, Versailles rallied back with a 12-4 advantage to cut the lead to two at 27-25. The Tigers never got any closer in the ballgame as LSE came back  and held a 5-3 scoring edge in the fourth for the victory.
LSE Pirates seventh grade coach Rob VanderLinden said it was good to play at home again.
 “We haven’t had a home game since first game of the season,” VanderLinden said. “We came out and had a good first quarter playing hard on both offense and defense.  Versailles played much harder than us the rest of the game and made the game a lot closers then it should have been. The kids played good defense the fourth quarter to hold on to the win.”
Treveon Coleman finished the game with a double-double for LSE, who improved to 6-0 on the season, with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He also had three steals in the game.
DJ Wesolak finished the game with six points, nine rebounds and four steals while DaWan Lomax added seven points, five rebounds and one steal, Chandler Stonecipher with three points, two rebounds and one steal, Jamesian McKee with one point, eight rebounds and two steals and Lane Keeran with one rebound.
As for the LSE boys eighth grade basketball team, they had a little tougher time while trailing Versailles by three (15-12) at the break. However, in the third quarter, the Pirates rallied back with a 10-3 advantage to go up 22-18 and then had to hold on in the fourth as the Tigers stormed back with a 13-12 scoring edge.
LSE coach Joe Henke said Cody Garner’s buzzer-beating three-point shot won the game for the eighth grade Pirates.  
“It was an amazing way to win the game and it was very exciting for the boys,” Henke said. “It was a struggle all night, but I am proud of the way the boys continued to play hard.   We didn’t play all that well and we continue to struggle with our shooting, but our defense remained strong and we were able to get a stop when we needed it.   I thought Cody Garner and Saylor Marquez did a great job in the fourth quarter on the defensive and offensive ends.”
Cody Garner had a double-double in the game for LSE, who improved to 6-5 on the season, with 19 points along with 12 rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Saylor Marquez chipped in six points and eight rebounds while Axton Nease added four points, three steals and two rebounds, Peyton Taylor three points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Darius Jones two points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, Tyree Walters five steals, two rebounds and two assists, Kayle Rice four rebounds, one steal and one assist and Kameron Desmond with two rebounds.
LSE also hit 4 of 8 shots from the foul line for 50 percent.
Versailles was led by Mikhail Gulyayeu with 10 points.
At Versailles
LSE 8th (G) 48
Versailles 11
The LSE girls eighth grade basketball team outscored Versailles 25-0 in the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Lady Tigers Monday night in Versailles.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 9-2 on the season, led Versailles 34-5 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 14-6 in the second half for the victory.
LSE Lady Pirates coach Doug Austin said he was very pleased with the intensity.  
“Right from the opening tip-off, the girls never let off,” Austin said.  “We opened up a huge lead in the first quarter which allowed me to start putting some of the other girls in.  We continued the same intensity throughout the rest of the game, playing excellent defense and opening up a lot of opportunities for some fast break points. It was another solid performance again by everyone on the team.”
Jodie Bass led the scoring attack in the game for LSE with 23 points along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Sophie Waibel finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Hana Cook added four points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists while Daylynn Baker chipped in four points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, Makiya West two points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists, Olivia Gholson two points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists, Mahailey Smith four rebounds, Gracie Sadler two rebounds and Aly Blank and Brittany Arth each with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field and 100 percent from the three-point arc but were only 40 percent from the foul line.
Versailles was led by Matti Hoeppner with four points.
Versailles 7th (G) 34
The LSE girls seventh grade basketball team fell on the road Monday night against the Versailles Tigers 34-4.
Lady Pirates coach Susie Stone said the girls struggled with some adjustments in the first quarter with Versailles full court pressure but as the game progressed they made some improvements with the changes and the new responsibilities.
Versailles led LSE 26-2 at the half.
Katelyn Jackson had the game-high for Versailles with 14 points.
For LSE, Kyleigh Thacker had two points, five rebounds and two steals. Kadison Hammers added two points, three rebounds and three steals while Grace Dennis added four rebounds and one steal, Emily Vierling and Mia Hatter each with two rebounds and one steal, Gracie Sadler two steals and one rebound, Sydney Joy one rebound and Hailey Mendez with one assist.