Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Lakeside outlasts North Caddo in overtime; moves on to face El Dorado

Four quarters just weren't enough to decide a victor when Lakeside and North Caddo squared off Wednesday in the first round of the Holiday Classic at Minden High.

The two teams went back and forth all night, and at the end of regulation the score was all tied.

"It was a close game all the way through," Lakeside coach Jason Gould said. "No one could pull away from the other team."

In the end, Lakeside was able to make key free throws and was two points better than North Caddo. Lakeside earned the first round victory, 73-71.

"We probably played our best game of the year as far as teamwork. and making our shots," Gould said. "This is a good sign after the bad week last week."

The victory is Lakeside's second consecutive as they move on in tournament action.

"The win is really big for us," Gould said. "With this being two in a row, hopefully we can carry on and get on a roll. This should get our confidence up."

Lakeside took a two point lead into the half but then fell behind going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors hit some key free throws in the final moments of regulation to force a tie and move the game to overtime.

T.J. Carpenter hit some of those free throws on his way to 28 points for the game.

"T.J. was seven of 10 from the free throw line," Gould said. "Those free throws late in the fourth and then in overtime were huge."

Carpenter also knocked down three shots from behind the three point line.

Other Warriors with big nights included Taurus Erving and Rontrelle Kinsey.

"This was the second game in a row we had more than one player scoring in double digits," Gould said.

Erving had 18 points, most of them inside, and Kinsey had 12 in the open floor.

Gould said his team will try to carry over the momentum to today's game against El Dorado out of Arkansas.

"They are a big school with big players," he said. "It's going to be a big task for us."

The game is set for 5:30 in the new gym at Minden High.

 

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