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Lakeside drops doubleheader to North Augusta

Posted: December 6, 2017 - 1:40am

Lakeside boys basketball coach Jeff Williams beefed up his team's non-region schedule this season.

Instead of picking up a pair of cupcake wins Friday and Saturday, the Panthers dropped two games on the road to tough opponents. On Friday, Lakeside lost its first game of the season at North Augusta, 84-70. The next day, the Panthers fell to Collins Hill, a Class AAAAAAA opponent, 55-39.

"Our goal is not to go undefeated," Williams said after losing to North Augusta. "We lost to a good team. That's why I made the schedule the way I did. They're in the locker room hanging their heads. I told them they can either pick their heads up and go to Collins Hill and play well or they can worry about a loss that doesn't matter."

Lakeside (4-2) will look to get back in a groove when it plays host to Midland Valley on Saturday. The Panthers ran into a buzz saw against the Yellow Jackets, who featured three players combining for 62 points. Omarion Byrd and Tez Collins each scored 21 points, while Russell Felton added 20 for North Augusta.

While North Augusta (2-0) recorded 11 3-pointers, the Yellow Jackets also attacked the basket at will.

"We got great movement and kids knocked down shots," North Augusta coach Tony Harrell said. "The other night, I told them we settled for too many threes. We wanted to get to the rim. We've got some athletic kids."

North Augusta got off to a fast start as Byrd swished three 3-pointers in the opening quarter. The Jackets knocked down five shots from three-point land in the opening frame, seven in the first half.

Byrd drove the lane for a layup to stake his team to a 15-point lead late in the first quarter. Then, Bryson Mozone canned a 3 from the top of the key to extend the advantage to 25-7.

Lakeside trailed by 19 points entering the second quarter, when it finally heated up. The Panthers chipped away at the deficit and pulled within 40-32 on Tucker Gilbert's driving lay-in. Rickey McGhee followed with another shot inside the paint.

North Augusta went into intermission up 40-34. The Yellow Jackets then flexed their offensive muscles in the second half, keeping Lakeside at arm's length. Mozone knocked down a three to stake his team to a 70-59 lead late in the game, keeping the momentum with North Augusta down the stretch.

"Basketball is a game of runs," Harrell said. "We had to control the runs in the second half. For the most part, we did that."

Kalen Williams scored 18 points to lead the Panthers.

The North Augusta girls extended their winning streak to 30 with their 73-18 win over Lakeside. Tyliah Burns led the Lady Jackets with 14 points, while Aaliyah Bell had 13 and Amari Young 11.

Lakeside, which led early at 4-3, failed to score in the second period. Parker Ray scored five points as the Lady Panthers improved to 3-2.

 

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