SIBLEY—The Lakeside Warriors and Lady Warriors swept a pair of district games from Sterlington at home Friday night, with the Warriors taking a 56-52 win and the lady Warriors coming out on top, 30-24.
"It was a huge win for us," Warrior head coach Jason Gould said. "Sterlington had already won 19 games and are the favorite in our district. So this win will be big for us in the power points and it hopefully will keep us in the right direction after the debacle Tuesday night against Jonesboro."
The Warriors led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and 26-24 at the half.
"We started off fast and then they out-scored us in the second quarter," Gould said. "It was back and forth early in the game. Sterlington is very well-known for their three-point shooting, and they hit four in the first half. But they also had a number of misses and we were able to control backboards and get the rebounds, which led to fast break points for us."
Lakeside took the third 16-9 and then held on for the 56-52 win.
"We took control of the game in the third quarter," Gould said. "We even built up a double digit lead. But in the fourth quarter, Sterlington, like all good teams do, made a run. They were able to cut our lead down to two, down to one and eventually took a one-point lead. But we fought back and even though they out-scored us 19-14 in the fourth, we were able to hold on for the win."
Lakeside made some big free throws down the stretch to contribute to the win.
"Lance Williams hit two free throws to seal the game with just a few minutes left," Gould said. "He also took a charge late that helped out, and T.J. (Carpenter) made five of six free throws and that was big."
Carpenter led the warriors with 24 points and Nyles Moore added 13.
"Nyles played probably his best game of his career," Gould said. "Now we have two long road trips ahead of us this week, and they will be a big challenge for us."
The Lady Warriors' defense stepped up big for them in their 30-24 win over Sterlington.
"It was a very low scoring game," Lady Warrior head coach Ladarien Amos said. "Our defense was exceptional. I commend all the girls for the effort they displayed out on the court. Offensively, it was a bad shooting night for us, and we haven't had one like that in a while. However, our defensive effort made up for our offensive mishaps and enabled us to get the win."
Falon Miles, Shanae Collins and Tamera Douglas each scored nine points to lead the team and Dede Quarles added three points.