The LSE Lady Pirates eighth grade basketball team outscored Fulton 22-4 in the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Lady Hornets 54-39 Thursday night in Fulton.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 11-2 on the season, outscored Fulton  52-28 for the first-three quarters. LSE led 39-20 at the half before Fulton went on a 11-2 run in the final period to cut the lead back to 15.
LSE coach Doug Austin said it was another big win against a good Fulton team.  
“We got up big again early but Fulton fought back and never gave up,” Austin said.  “After going up 24 at the end of three quarters I played most of our bench and they made a little run in the fourth quarter and we ended up winning by 15,” Austin said.  “I thought we were more balanced tonight in our scoring than we have been all year.  Our defense was good tonight but we still need to be more disciplined.  Everyone contributed well tonight and now we have our final game on Monday against Fayette to try and stay undefeated in the regular season, with our only two losses in tournament play coming against Centralia and St. Peter and Paul.”
Jodie Bass had the game-high for LSE with 18 points along with eight steals, six rebounds and three assists.
Sophie Waibel finished the game with 15 points, eight steals, seven rebounds and three assists while Olivia Gholson added eight points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists, Hana Cook six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals, Makiya West six points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist and Daylynn Baker with seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line.
For Fulton, Hedgpath had 18 points.
Fulton 7th (G) 44
LSE 20
The LSE Lady Pirates seventh grade basketball team led Fulton 8-6 after first period’s end but it was all Lady Hornets after that Thursday night for a 44-20 win in Fulton.
The Lady Pirates, 0-9 on the season, trailed Fulton by just two (16-14) at the half but then were outscored 28-6 in the second half.
LSE eighth grade coach Doug Austin, who was filling in for seventh grade coach Susie Stone, said the girls came out really hard and played a great first half, leading after one and only down two points at half.  
“Faith Mesik got in foul trouble at the end of the second quarter, picking up her fourth and with her out of the line up in the third quarter, Fulton quickly took advantage and scored 18 unanswered points,” Austin said. “Everyone played really hard tonight.  The execution on defense was a lot better and we did a good job rebounding tonight, too.  I told the girls that if they took out the first three minutes of the second half, then we actually have a pretty close game.  Good effort and I am really proud of how hard they played.”
Nakiya Pittman had 24 points to lead all scorers for Fulton.
For LSE, Faith Mesik had seven points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Kyleigh Thacker chipped in six points, six rebounds and three steals while Grace Dennis added four points, five rebounds and one steal, Kadison Hammers three points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists, Emily Vierling with three rebounds, Mia Hatter two rebounds, Sydney Joy one rebound and one steal and Haylie Mendez with one rebound.