The LSE boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams had a great ending to the Centralia Tournament on Friday.
For the Lady Pirates, they won their second game of the season by turning back Mexico 27-19. As for the LSE boys, they defeated Gentry by a score of 41-34.
The Lady Pirates, 2-5 on the season, outscored Mexico in three out of the four quarters of play and led 8-5 after one, 15-11 at the half and 26-13 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Mexico rallied back with a 6-1 advantage to cut the lead back to eight.
LSE Lady Pirates basketball coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the girls played a great game and it was the best game they have played so far. “They worked as a team, played good defense, and are starting to improve on the things we talk about,” Nelson said.
Abby Pulliam led all scorers in the game for LSE with 18 points along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Payten Black finished the game with five points, six rebounds and four steals while Carlie Bishop added three points, two rebounds and one steal, Kinley Fox one point and one rebound, Molly Schuster eight rebounds and one steal and Hailee Williams with four rebounds and three steals.
Willer had the high game for Mexico with 11 points.
As for the LSE boys, they trailed Gentry 13-7 after one and 19-12 at the half before rallying with a 11-3 advantage in the third quarter to go up by one at 23-22. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, LSE outscored Gentry 18-12 to win the game by seven.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the boys played one of their best games of the year. “We came out slow in the first half, allowing 13 points in the first quarter, but after we settled down, we played well,” Austin said. “Jackson Johns had a big night from the three-point line, hitting four behind the arc. Jordan Fishburn had a nice evening with eight points and six rebounds. Cameron Poulsen also hit some big free throws in the final quarter to ice the game. Tyson Ellison played great, too; love his work ethic and hustle, he had six huge rebounds against a much bigger team. It was great to end the tournament with a big win.”
Jackson Johns finished the game with 25 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead the Pirates, who improved to 3-3 on the season.
Jordan Fishburn tallied eight points and six rebounds while Cameron Poulsen added six points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal, Caidyn Hazel two points, four rebounds and one steal, Tyson Ellison six rebounds, Ethan Watson with two steals, one rebound and one assist, Garrett Hundley with two rebounds and one assist and Shane Chamberlain, Connor Acton, Blake Richardson, Landon Drew and Connor Rhorer each with one single.
For Gentry, Gibson had nine points, McGinty seven, Hood five and Hummel with four.