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Lakeside teams swept with identical scores

Posted: December 2, 2012 - 1:04am
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Photo by Jim Blaylock  Lakeside's Rosalyn Talley finds her path blocked by Midland Valley's Gracie Gunter (left) and Tianna Chandler as she tries to score.
Photo by Jim Blaylock Lakeside's Rosalyn Talley finds her path blocked by Midland Valley's Gracie Gunter (left) and Tianna Chandler as she tries to score.

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.

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