The Lakeside Warriors had a much improved run last week, winning three games and making it to the semifinal round of the Minden Holiday Classic.
But then those good fortunes came to an end when they met up with Huntington High School out of Shreveport.
Huntington, a large and powerful 4A school, capitalized on Lakeside errors in their game Saturday on the way to a 66-52 victory.
They then outlasted Captain Shreve to claim the tournament championship.
"We knew they were going to be tough," Lakeside coach Jason Gould said. "They are one of the better 4A teams and are just big, quick and an all-around good basketball team."
Lakeside fell behind by 16 at the half and were in danger of letting the game slip into the realm of blowout.
"We were outscored by 10 in the second quarter," Gould said. "We made some turnovers and they capitalized."
Lakeside would respond, though, as they won the third quarter and tied the final frame to make the final margin of victory 14.
"We would make the score even closer several times," Gould said. "We would cut the lead to 8, 6 or even 5 late in the fourth but then would make a mistake and they would go on a run to get their lead back up."
T.J. Carpenter was the high man for the Warriors with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Rontrelle Kinsey added 8 as did Tarus Erving.
Despite the loss, Gould said he was pleased with his team's effort.
"We knew it was going to be tough," he said. "We wanted to win, but we also wanted to let the team get used to seeing these really big and tough teams. It will be good experience for the playoffs."
Next up for Lakeside is a Tuesday night game at North Webster. JV begins at 5 p.m. followed by a varsity girls game and then varsity boys.