The LSE boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams picked up two big wins at home Thursday night by beating the Fayette Falcons by the scores of 49-23 and 54-45, respectively.
The LSE boys seventh grade basketball team, 6-6 on the season, led Fayette 28-10 at the half and then outscored the Falcons 21-13 in the second half.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said these kids work hard all year. “We’ve had a lot of close games we could have won,” Walk said. “By the end of the year they figured it out and finished the year playing well. I look forward to great things from these kids.”
Rhad Leathers had the high game for LSE with 18 points along with eight rebounds and three assists. Cooper Pfeiffer finished the game with eight points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist while D’Avion Jones added seven points, six rebounds and two steals, Elijah Butler with seven points and two rebounds, Zeke Pritchett five points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Jamal Franklin four points, five rebounds and one steal, Max Rapp three rebounds and one steal, Christian Escamilla two rebounds, and Gabe Mederios Kailen Vaca and Jonah Bailey each with one rebound.
As for the LSE boys eighth grade basketball team, they led Fayette 30-14 at the half but were outscored 31-24 in the second half.
“Three wins in a row to end the season, I’ll take it,” said LSE coach Ryan Lyons. “The boys played imperfect, but hard. We finished the season 5-9 and with three W’s straight. I have had such a great time coaching this group of boys who were willing to work hard increasingly, and always pursue excellence. At the beginning of every practice and game and at the end I made them shout “Avere!” which in Greek means excellence. After our first open gym I knew that these boys had great potential, but needed to improve; and improve they did! I know they will contribute immediately to the JV and varsity level next year. Their potential is limitless and I can’t wait to see them play in the next four years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with each and ever one of them.”
Bentley Turner led three players in double figures for LSE, who improved to 5-9, with 13 points along with four steals and three rebounds. Blake Griffin finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists, while Dakota Troost added 10 points, eight steals, five rebounds and one assist, Dakota Williams six points and three assists, Will Stock five points, six rebounds and three steals, Lawson Edwards two points, three rebounds and one steal, Andrew Rhorer two points, two rebounds and one assist and Ryan Jones and Langston Hall each with two points and three rebounds.