On a night when top scorer Chris Hall started slowly, Lakeside needed contributions to come from somewhere else.
Mark Weidenaar provided his share and more.
“At halftime, coach (John) Kucela told us, ‘We need some guys to step up and take over the role a little bit. He can’t do it all by himself,’ ” the senior said.
“That’s what we were trying to do.”
Weidenaar missed only two shots while scoring a team-high 17 points, as Lakeside staved off visiting Harlem 61-49 on Friday night in a nonregion contest.
Weidenaar, just now getting his basketball legs under him after missing the past two seasons because of injury, also helped out on the boards for the Panthers (3-1)
Hall came in averaging roughly 24 points a game, but struggled a bit in the first half.
Harlem attempted to take him out of his game by having Devin Frails shadow him up and down the court.
It seemed to work early on, but a hard foul by Frails early in the fourth quarter that led to alternating technical fouls seemed to energize Hall.
The senior didn’t miss a shot in the second half and finished with 16 points.
Harlem (2-3) hung fairly close throughout, despite being down the whole way after scoring the first point of the game. The Bulldogs trailed 38-29 after three quarters.
Freshman point guard Reggie Reid had a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs.
In the girls game, Lakeside senior Cassie Bryant and junior Bria Baker came up big in a 52-10 win.
“They play off each other real well,” head coach Jody Hilley said. “We’re better when they’re both in the ball game.”
Bryant and Baker both had nine points and numerous steals on defense.
Harlem (0-5) had trouble with Lakeside’s full-court press from the start. The Bulldogs went down 22-6 at halftime, as their defense at least kept the deficit manageable.
Olivia Fitzgerald scored all of the first-half points for Harlem, which went 8 for 9 from the free-throw line and had only one field goal.
Lakeside’s Ashley Harrison had a game-high 10 points, many of which came down the stretch.