A scrappy but undersized Grovetown High team couldn’t overcome the big men of Lakeside on Friday.
The Panthers immediately took the lead from the Warriors on Grovetown’s home court and never surrendered it in the 60-52 contest.
It was the second loss this season Grovetown (2-5) suffered at the hands of Lakeside (6-2). The two teams met in the season opener last month, which the Warriors won 55-44.
The matchup was dominated by Panthers senior Chris Hall, who put up 17 points.
Six of those points came in the first period on a jumper, a layup following a steal and another he drove in through traffic.
Grovetown managed to keep it close at the end of the first, down just by two.
By the end of the half, Lakeside had widened the gap to 31-22.
The gap started to close early in the second half, helped by Grovetown sophomore Shalom Alvarez, who scored 12 in just the third period. But Alvarez’s 21-point game just wasn’t enough.
The Warriors rallied in the fourth period; scoring eight points in a row while keeping Lakeside away from the basket for about five minutes.
In the end, though, Hall capped the game with a final free throw with just a second left.
The Grovetown girls fared better with a 41-36 win over the Panthers.
Like the boys, the girls first met in the season opener, where Grovetown (5-2) beat Lakeside (4-3) 57-41 in a nonregion match.
Friday’s game might have been as equally an impressive win as the first contest for the Warriors if they had managed to shoot well from the free-throw line, yet they put away just 10 points in 27 attempts.
The Panthers kept it close in the first half, down by just one before they headed to their locker room.
At the end of the third, Lakeside had to make up only six points.
Grovetown’s play got sloppy in the fourth period with multiple bad passes.
Lakeside took advantage, closing the gap to just three points with two minutes left on the clock.
But the Warriors regained their composure and played solid defense to stop Lakeside from again reaching the basket.
Oddly, it was a pair of free throws from Grovetown senior Tye Sewell that iced the game.
In a contest against Lincoln County on Saturday, the Grovetown boys and girls again split wins.
The boys lost 63-49 against Lincoln County (1-0) in the away game. The Lady Warriors dominated, though, in a 73-39 win over the Red Devils (0-1). Malia Kency scored a game-high 26 points.
Both Lakeside teams won their Saturday match-ups against Washington-Wilkes.
The girls beat Wash-ington-Wilkes 57-41 while the boys won 68-43. The high scorers in those games were Cassie Bryant with 16 and Chris Hall with 17, respectively.