The LSE girls eighth grade basketball team picked up its first win of the season by beating Lange Middle School 18-11 in the second round of the Centralia Tournament.
As for the LSE boys, they fell to Lange by a score of 57-41.
LSE Lady Pirates coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the girls played hard and were doing the things that they have been practicing and working for to get better. “I am extremely proud of these girls for never giving up and I always know these girls are going to go out and give 100 percent.”
Carlie Bishop had the high game for LSE, who improved to 1-5, with seven points along with three steals and three assists. Kinley Fox finished the game with four points and two steals while Abby Pulliam added three points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Payten Black two points, seven steals and three rebounds, Heather Hall two points, five rebounds and one assist and Molly Schuster with eight rebounds and four steals.
As for the LSE boys, they had a horrible start while trailing Lange 21-7 after one and 32-13 at the half. Lange also outscored LSE 12-5 in the third to extend the lead to 44-18. However in the final period, the Pirates rallied back with a 23-13 advantage to cut the lead back to 16.
“We played a very good team last night,” said LSE coach Doug Austin.  “They were very athletic and we got very nervous and did not play well.  We played to their tempo and let them score 21 points in the first quarter.   We played a lot better in the second half and outscored them 28-25.  We still need to work on getting better shots inside, shooting well outside though.  I thought the boys played hard the whole game and fought for all four quarters.”
Andre Jordan had 13 points and Ricke Dunn 10 for Lange.
For LSE, who dropped to 3-3 on the season, Jackson Johns had 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Cameron Poulsen chipped in 10 points, three assists and one steal while Caidyn Hazel added four points, three rebounds and two steals, Garrett Hundley three points, two rebounds and two assists, Jordan Fishburn two points, three rebounds and one assist, Shane Chamberlain two points and three rebounds, Connor Rhorer two points and two rebounds and Connor Acton, Blake Richardson and Landon Drew each with one rebound.
LSE boys and girls drop opening games in Centralia Tournament
The LSE boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams dropped their opening games in the Centralia Tournament on Tuesday, losing to the host team by the scores of 54-51 in overtime and 43-16, respectively.
The LSE boys, dropping to 3-2 on the season, opened the first half with a 30-23 lead against Centralia but was outscored 23-16 in the second half to tie the game at 46-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, Centralia outscored LSE 8-5.
LSE coach Doug Austin said it was a tough loss.  “We played well for three quarters and then let down a little in the 4th quarter,” Austin said. “Jackson hit a three point shot late in 4th quarter to tie it up.  Very Proud of how these guys play.  Every single night they show up and give 110%.  Big nights for Jackson and Cameron.  We just need to be better at finishing teams off.  We took an eight point lead into the fourth but let them get a couple of early buckets to start the quarter and had to battle the rest of the way.”
Jackson Johns had 23 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead LSE. Cameron Poulsen finished the game with 13 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal while Jordan Fishburn added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals, Caidyn Hazel four points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Tyson Ellison two points and four rebounds, Garrett Hundley one point, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Ethan Watson three rebounds, Connor Acton one rebound and one assist and Shane Chamberlain and Connor Rhorer each with one rebound.
As for the LSE girls, they trailed Centralia 19-6 at the half and 29-10 after three. The Lady Panthers also held a 14-6 scoring edge in the fourth.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said this was the first game in the Centralia Tournament and the girls are working hard every game to improve. “We are still concentrating on specific things to make us better during the game, but the girls show effort and are improving as the season continues,” Nelson said.
Molly Schuster had six points, six rebounds and two assists to lead LSE, 0-5 on the season. Heather Hall had four points, three rebounds and one steal while Kinley Fox added four points and one steal, Abby Pulliam two points and one rebound, Payten Black three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Carlie Bishop one rebound and one steal.