The LSE girls eighth grade basketball team picked up its fourth win of the season by beating the Marshall Owls Wednesday night at Marshall 31-19.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 4-8 on the season, led from the opening tip against Marshall while taking a 10-7 lead after one and a 17-13 advantage into the half. LSE also outscored Marshall 10-2 in the third to extend the lead to 27-15. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, LSE matched the Lady Owls with four points.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the girls played good. “They were able to make the adjustments that I asked them to,” Nelson said. “We made good passes and took good shots. We played with intensity and kept the momentum going.”
Faith Mesik had the high game for LSE with 10 points along with six steals and three rebounds.
Kyleigh Thacker finished the game with seven points, nine rebounds and two steals while Nora Morris added six points, five rebounds, five steals and one assist, Anna Thompson four points, four rebounds and two steals, Grace Dennis with two points, one rebound and one steal and Madison Henderson with two points and two steals.
Hammer had the high game for Marshall with 10 points.
As for the LSE girls seventh grade basketball team, they fell to Marshall in a nailbiter by a score of 18-16 in overtime.
The Lady Pirates, 0-8 on the season, led Marshall 6-2 after first period’s end, 8-6 at the half and 12-8 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Marshall outscored LSE 8-4 to tie the game at 16-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Lady Owls scored the only basket to win by two.
LSE coach Susie Stone said the girls handled the ball better and kept their turnovers to a minimum, which resulted in more scoring opportunities.
“The second half Marshall applied some full court pressure and we did not handle it effectively,” Stone said. “Turnovers were costly for us.  We allowed some key offensive boards in the fourth quarter and Marshall took the lead with about a minute left in the game. We did learn about clock management in this game. We were able to gain possession back of the ball multiple times within the last minute to tie the game on a last possession shot to take the game to overtime.  In overtime we just couldn’t score and Marshall did.  It was a hard fought game.  The girls played hard and Marshall just came out on top.”
For LSE, Carlie Bishop had five points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist. Kenley Fox also finished the game with five points, three steals and two rebounds while Molly Schuster added four points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Heather Hall two points, four rebounds and one steal, Addy Ward five rebounds and one steal, Natalie Page and Kasie Northern each with three rebounds and one steal and Hailee Williams with one rebound and one steal.