WINNFIELD — The Lakeside Warriors started strong Tuesday night in their first round playoff game at Winnfield, but the second half proved to be too much as the Warriors fell, 64-51.
"It was a tale of two halves," Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. "We won the first half and led by 13 (37-24) at halftime. But the game turned in Winnfield's favor in the second half."
Things went just about perfect for the Warriors in the first half. They had held Winnfield to just 24 points and the Warriors top player, T.J. Carpenter, had 24 points just by his self through the first two quarters.
"We came out with the right game plan and the kids were executing," Gould said. "We were packing in the zone and making them take shots from the outside. We wanted to force them into long shots and then control the rebounds, and it was working. I think we kind of took them by surprise and shocked them a bit. I don't think they were expecting that from us."
The Tigers changed their own game plan in the second half, tripping up the Warriors.
"They turned their focus from trying to score on us to just trying to stop us from scoring," Gould said. "They played really physical, and that's not really a strength for us. They're really strong and physical, and the referees seemed to swallow their whistles a little bit, and that worked to their advantage."
Winnfield out-scored Lakeside 24-6 in the third quarter and 16-8 in the fourth to take the 61-54 win.
Carpenter led the Warriors with 34 points and 10 rebounds and Lance Williams had six. Maurice Moore scored four points and Jerell Tellis had three. Tarus Erving and Nyles Moore each added two points.
Lakeside finished the year at 17-12.
"I'm real proud of our guys," Gould said. "They worked hard, played hard and showed good attitudes, and that's just typical from this bunch. They did a great job coming back from not making the playoffs last year to getting 17 wins and turning the ship back around the right way this year. I'm proud of them."