Lady Vikes hand Patriot girls second loss
The Clarkson/Leigh girls basketball team came into the game against Class B Lakeview on Tuesday ranked No. 4 in Class C-2 but lost its second game of the season 36-33.
The only other loss for the Patriots was against Oakland-Craig on Dec. 4.
“I would say energy is what did us in,” said head coach Matt Murren. “We didn’t come out ready to play. When those things happen and turnovers and bad rebounding there’s nothing you can do.”
Senior Kaegan Held scored a team-high nine points.
Clarkson/Leigh jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 6-0 run late in the period but lost the lead after Lakeview went on a run of it’s own to finish the half.
The Lady Vikes made five trips to the line, scored on an and-1 play and finished with nine of the final 11 points and a 21-18 advantage.
“We started out okay,” Murren said. “We got up, but once again it’s energy. It’s got to be for four quarters. You can sustain energy for six minutes or eight minutes, but it’s got to be for 32 minutes. We’ve got to play better. We’re a more experienced basketball team then we showed tonight.”
It remained a three-point separation after three 28-25. Held drew her side to within 29-28 on a 3 early the fourth before the two teams traded layups. A Lakeview 3 with under two minutes to go gave the Lady Vikes the separation needed to hold off the Patriots.
Still, Clarkson/Leigh had the ball with a chance to tie and 14 seconds left but turned it over one more time on an errant pass to an empty corner as the buzzer sounded.
The Patriots now move on to the Shelby-Rising City Hoilday Tournament featuring the hosts, Arcadia-Loup City and Friend.
“Hopefully it’s a wake up call for us that we can’t come out and play like this,” Murren said. “Credit to Lakeview. Monte does a great job. He does a great job his girls play very hard. Hopefully we get a little bit of a wakeup call that we can’t comeout and play basketball like that.”
Lakeview 70, Clarkson/Leigh Boys 50: A back-and-forth start turned for the hosts when the Vikings went on an 8-2 run to close the first quarter and take a 15-8 lead.
The Patriots attempted to get back into the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings, but Lakeview pulled away in the fourth winning 70-50.
“I appreciate how we clawed back in the third quarter to cut the lead down to six, said head coach Jaff Bachman in comments sent to the Sun. “We showed a lot of heart, but dug ourselves too big of a gap. We need to improve on the defensive end.
Senior Daniel Beller and freshman Carter Hanel led the Patriots with 15 points apiece.
Hanel knocked down six of his eight shots from the field and blocked three others.
Beller grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
The Clarkson/Leigh boys will also be a part of the Shelby-Rising City Holiday Tournament.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net