The LSE boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams picked up a pair of wins Wednesday night in the Centralia Classic by beating Gentry by the scores of 64-34 and 16-9, respectively.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 0-0 on the season, trailed Gentry 2-0 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 7-2 advantage over the next-two quarters to go up 7-4. Meanwhile, in the final period, LSE outscored Gentry 9-5 to win the game by seven.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said as a team the girls rebounded offensively and defensively better. “We are improving with every game and working on the skills we need to be successful,” Nelson said.
Kyleigh Thacker finished the game with four points and five rebounds for LSE. Faith Mesik had three points, 11 steals and two rebounds while Nora Morris added two points, five rebounds and three steals, Grace Dennis with five rebounds and four steals and Madison Henderson with two rebounds and two assists.
Gentry was led by Kinleigh Hall with five points.
As for the LSE boys, they jumped out to stay against Gentry and led 34-20 at the half and 50-29 after three quarters of play. The Pirates also held a 15-9 advantage in the final period to win the game by 21.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said the boys came out ready to play against Gentry. “We worked hard at practice attacking the seams against a zone,” Walk said. “We figured out that we need to be full speed at all times to make shots. I’m really proud of our effort tonight.”
Treveon Coleman finished the game with a triple double for LSE, who improved to 5-2 on the season, with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had six steals.
DJ Wesolak also had a double-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds and six assists while Jamesian McKee added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, DaWan Lomax 11 points, six rebounds and five assists and Lane Keeran with four points, two rebounds and two assists.
The LSE boys will play for third place against Lange on Friday starting at 5 p.m.