The Lakeside girls and boys basketball games were nearly identical Tuesday night.
The home openers for both squads ended in defeat, with the girls falling to Midland Valley (S.C.) 51-49 in overtime and the boys losing to the Mustangs 51-49 in a game that went down to the final buzzer.
Both teams saw sizable leads disappear early, tenuous leads evaporate late and missed opportunities that could have been game-changers.
The Lakeside boys (0-2) looked like they might run away with the game early, leading 25-13 midway through the second period, but surrendered two 3-pointers in the final minute of the half as the Mustangs climbed to 25-21.
The Panthers were outscored 4-0 in the final minute of the third period, with the Mustangs (3-2) tying it at 40 heading into the fourth.
Trading leads, the Panthers went ahead 49-47 on a Tray Simpson layup with an assist from Bryce Adair with 3:30 to play. The Panthers had chances to extend the lead but missed three consecutive free throws.
The Mustangs’ Daniel Carr, who scored a game-high 16 points, took advantage with a bank shot to tie the game with 50 seconds left and then stole the ball and cruised in for the game-winning layup with 30 seconds remaining.
After a missed Carr free throw with six seconds left, the Panthers got the ball down the court but couldn’t get a shot off.
Sam Powell led the Panthers with 12 points.
The Lady Panthers (0-2), playing without its starting backcourt of Bria Baker and Tristan Real because of injuries, were led by senior center Rosalyn Talley, who scored a team-high 18 points before fouling out with 4:17 to play in regulation. The Lady Panthers held a 40-34 lead at that point, after Clarissa Hopkins (13 points) ignited an 8-2 run with a 3-pointer and jumper.
“In the fourth quarter we put a good run together and played good ball,” said Lady Panthers head coach Drew Shelton. “If we take care of the ball, they can’t come back.”
The Lady Panthers led 41-40 but the Lady Mustangs’ Alexis Bates, who scored a game-high 25 points, sank a free throw with eight seconds left in regulation to tie it. The Lady Panthers (0-2) missed two free throws, got a turnover and missed a game-winning shot at the buzzer.
The Lady Panthers would finish 16-38 from the free-throw line.
In overtime, the Lady Panthers quickly fell behind by five, but clawed its way back and took a 49-48 lead on a traditional three-point play by Savannah Mydel (10 points). The Lady Mustangs’ Christen Dunbar banked in a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession with 28 seconds left, and that would be the final margin of victory.