LS teams sweep junior high tour­ney

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Both of Lake­side’s junior high bas­ket­ball teams took first place in the Rams’ home tour­na­ment on Thurs­day with vic­to­ries in their re­spec­tive fi­nals.

The junior Lady Rams im­proved to 8-1 this sea­son with a 48-24 win over ri­val Hot Springs on Thurs­day in the fi­nal. The hosts were in control through­out the game with a 16-7 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and a 19-13 ad­van­tage at half­time. The lead bal­looned to 39-19 by the start of the fourth quar­ter.

Sarah Porter led Lake­side with 17 points, in­clud­ing nine off of three 3-point­ers. Mady Daven­port scored nine points, while Cat Mor­can and Emylee Bit­tinger added five points apiece.

Lake­side will travel to Lake Hamilton on Mon­day. Boys

Lake­side’s junior high boys also clinched the cham­pi­onship in their tour­na­ment Thurs­day with a 50-38 win against Cam­den Fairview.

The junior Rams faced a 6-0 deficit early, but they took a 14-11 lead by the end of the quar­ter. Junior high boys’ coach Cody Lam­bert said Lake­side strug­gled with turnovers through­out the game.

“We never felt like we didn’t control the game, but at no point did we com­pletely se­cure the game ei­ther be­cause of un­forced turnovers,” Lam­bert said.

Taevon Johnson scored seven points in the first quar­ter be­fore Jami­son Craig scored eight of Lake­side’s 13 points in the sec­ond quar­ter. The lead was 27-21 by half­time.

“The third quar­ter was a lazy start that al­lowed Fairview to get back into the game by al­low­ing them to get of­fen­sive re­bounds,” Lam­bert said.

Craig added eight points in the third quar­ter to help the junior Rams cling to a 39-36 lead to start the fourth. He fin­ished with 21 points and Jor­dan Mills added 10 as Lake­side outscored Fairview, 11-2, in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“Jami­son is one of the most ath­letic play­ers I have ever coached,” Lam­bert said. “He is re­ally turn­ing into a great scorer also, not just around the rim, but he has a great mid-range game and can step out and

hit the 3.

“De­fen­sively, we were real solid in the fourth quar­ter only al­low­ing two points to fin­ish it out. The thing about this team is that we have 8-10 that can score 10-plus points on any given night. It makes us hard to guard.”

Lake­side ad­vanced to Thurs­day’s fi­nal with a 50-26 win against J.A. Fair on Wed­nes­day. The junior Rams only led, 10-9, af­ter the open­ing quar­ter, but they pulled ahead for a 22-10 by the end of the first half.

“We al­most seemed ner­vous, which is un­char­ac­ter­is­tic,” Lam­bert said. “We had un­forced turnovers on al­most half of our pos­ses­sions in the first quar­ter.

“In the sec­ond quar­ter, we re­gained control of the game be­hind the play Brock Gar­ner. He re­ally got us go­ing by his in­ten­sity. Once we got the lead in the sec­ond quar­ter, we re­laxed and played Lake­side bas­ket­ball. I am re­ally proud of the way this group plays.”

Lake­side led, 39-18 af­ter the third quar­ter. Fair was only outscored, 11-8, in the fi­nal six min­utes.

Craig was the lead­ing scorer with 10 points. Mills and Gar­ner added nine and eight points, re­spec­tively.

Lake­side will take its un­de­feated record on the road Mon­day against an­other un­beaten, Lake Hamilton.

“I be­lieve the game Mon­day will be a game that will be viewed as one of the best games in the state for the next sev­eral years,” Lam­bert said.

“I know our play­ers, and I’m sure Lake Hamilton’s play­ers as well, have had this game cir­cled on their cal­en­dar all year.”

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LAKE­SIDE CHAMPS: Lake­side’s junior high girls’ bas­ket­ball team won its home tour­na­ment Thurs­day with a 48-24 vic­tory against ri­val Hot Springs.

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