The LSE boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams dropped a pair of games last Thursday at Fulton by losing to the Hornets by the scores of 46-17 and 54-49, respectively.
In the seventh grade game, Fulton opened the first quarter with a 20-8 lead against LSE and then outscored the Pirates 17-3 in the second to go up 37-11 at the half. The Hornets also controlled the second half by outscoring LSE 9-6.
LSE seventh grade coach Doug Austin said Fulton was by far and away the best team the Pirates have played all year.
“They had athletes all over the court. I have to give them credit, they were a very good, fundamentally sound team,” Austin said. “We had a very hard time just passing the ball to each other because of their outstanding pressure on the ball and their athleticism. We played very hard throughout the entire game. I felt like we never gave up. I just told the players at the end of the game to not let a game like tonight discourage them from everthing they have worked so hard for this entire season. We still have a shot now to end the season on a positive note with a win Tuesday against Fayette.”
Donavan Weigal had 13 points, Colby Lancaster 10 and Tyreion Logan nine to lead Fulton.
For LSE, who dropped to 5-3 on the season, Cameron Poulsen, Garrett Hundley and Jackson Johns each had three points. Johns also finished the game with two steals, two rebounds and one assist while Poulsen added one steal and one assist and Hundley with one steal and one rebound.
Jordan Fishburn chipped in two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist while Connor Acton added two points, two rebounds and two assists, Caidyn Hazel two points, two rebounds and one steal, Ethan Watson two points and one rebound, Connor Rhorer two rebounds and Blake Richardson, Shane Chamberlain and Trent Maxwell each with one rebound.
For the game, the Pirates hit on 7 of 24 shots from the field for 29 percent and 4 of 12 from the foul line for 33 percent. From the three-point arc, they were only 1 of 7 for 14 percent.
As for the LSE Pirates eighth grade basketball team, they had a good first quarter while playing Fulton to a 14-14 tie. However, in the second quarter, the Hornets outscored LSE 18-6 to lead at the half by a score of 32-20. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Pirates outscored Fulton 29-22 but couldn’t make up for the 12 point deficit to suffer the loss.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said the boys played hard against Fulton. “We’ve had to fight a lot of adversity lately,” Walk said. “Our kids are learning the game each night they step out on the floor, but to Fulton’s credit they were big and athletic.”
DJ Wesolak led all scorers in the game for LSE with 23 points. He also pulled down 20 rebounds for a double-double while blocking five shots.
Treveon Coleman also had a double-double in the game with 21 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and six steals while Chander Stonecipher added one point and six rebounds.
For the game, the Pirates hit 2 of 4 shots from the three-point arc for 50 percent and were 12 of 19 from the foul line for 63 percent.