The LSE boys seventh grade basketball team raised its season record to 7-0 and conference mark to 3-0 by beating the Marshall Owls Wednesday night in Marshall 42-36.
The Pirates opened the first quarter trailing Marshall 9-8 but  found the rim a little more in the second period by outscoring the Owls 9-2 to lead at the half by a score of 17-11. LSE also outscored Marshall 14-12 in the third to extend the lead to 31-23. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Owls rallied back with a 13-11 advantage to cut the lead back to six.
LSE seventh grade coach Rob VanderLinden said the boys played against the best team they have seen this year and  played their best game.
“After the first quarter, we trailed for the first time this year,” VanderLinden said. “The kids battled back and had a strong second quarter on the defensive end holding Marshall to two  points. The second half was back and forth the entire game with both teams scoring 25 points.”
Treveon Coleman led three players in double figures for LSE with 14 points along with five rebounds and two steals.
DJ Wesolak finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with four steals. DaWan Lomax chipped in 10 points, six steals and two rebounds while Jamesian McKee added four points, eight rebounds and one steal and Chandler Stonecipher with two points, one rebound and one steal.
Marshall 8th (B) 44
LSE 31
The LSE boys eighth grade basketball team had one bad quarter and that proved to be the difference in a 44-31 setback Wednesday night at Marshall.
The Pirates, dropping to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC, trailed Marshall by just two after the first-two quarters by a score of 19-17. However, in the third quarter, LSE couldn’t seem to buy a basket while Marshall held a 13-5 advantage to extend the lead to 10 at 32-22. Then, in the final period, the Owls again outscored LSE 12-9 to win by 13.
LSE coach Joe Henke said he thought the boys played with good energy and the effort was there in the first half, but in the second half they struggled with their press.
Axton Nease led the scoring attack in the game for LSE with 12 points.
Cody Garner chipped in eight while Peyton Taylor added five, Saylor Marquez four and Tyree Walters with two.
LSE 8th (G) 44
Marshall 23
Jodie Bass had 22 points, nine steals, six rebounds and five assists, and teammate Sophie Waibel chipped in nine points, eight steals, five rebounds and five assists Wednesday night on the road against the Marshall Owls.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 10-2 on the season, outscored Marshall in all four quarters and led 19-7 at the half and 32-19 after three quarters of play.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the girls gave a very good effort on both sides of the ball. “We started off a little slow by only scoring six points in the first quarter, but we opened up a lead to go in at the half by 12,” Austin said.
Hana Cook had six points, eight rebounds, three steals and one assist for LSE. Makiay West chipped in four points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists while Olivia Gholson added two points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Daylynn Baker one point, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Mahailey Smith two rebounds and one steal and Gracie Sadler, Aly Blank and Brittany Arth each with one rebound.
Marshall 7th (G) 26
LSE 23
The LSE girls seventh grade basketball team won the second half Wednesday night at home against Marshall but it was too little too late in a 26-23 loss.
Faith Mesik had 10 points, four steals, two rebounds and one assist for the Lady Pirates, who dropped to 0-8. Kyleigh Thacker had seven points, five rebounds and three steals while Kadison Hammers added four points, four steals, three rebounds and one assist, Mia Hatter six rebounds, three steals and two assists, Emily Vierling two rebounds and one steal, Hailey Mendez one rebound, one steal and one assist and Sydney Joy with one rebound.