LAKE PROVIDENCE — The Lakeside basketball teams made the long trip to Lake Providence for a pair of district games Tuesday night, and came back with a pair of wins.
Both teams came away with 50-42 victories.
The Warriors started fast and then put away the Panthers late. The Warriors led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, due much to leader T.J. Carpenter.
"T.J. scored 11 of our first 17 points to get us started," Warrior head coach Jason Gould said. "We led by eight at halftime and then started to pull away a little in the second, then we stagnated a little."
Both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 30-22 lead going into the locker room. Both teams scored just 20 points in the second half, to give the Warriors the 50-42 win.
"Both teams struggled to get anything going in the third quarter," Gould said. "We had a lot of turnovers and looked uncomfortable over there in Lake Providence. They out-scored us in the fourth, but we were able to hang on to get the win and get out of Dodge."
Turnovers and missed free throws hurt the Warriors in the second half.
"We only shot 15 of 27 from the free throw line," Gould said. "If we made more free throws and less turnovers, the tone of the game changes. We need to take care of business a little better. But an ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day, so we'll take it."
Carpenter led the Warriors with 31 points and eight rebounds and Rodney Jenkins had seven rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Warriors played tight most of the way with the Lady Panthers, but eventually won, 50-42.
"It was a good game from the tip all the way to the fourth quarter," Lady Warrior head coach LaDarien Amos said. "We came in under-sized, but we played to our advantage, which was our quickness."
Lakeside led 13-12 after the first quarter, but trailed 24-22 at the half.
"Our girls came out in the third quarter with intensity and determination," Amos said. "They wanted to get this win and that's just they went out and did."
The Lady Warriors out-scored Lake Providence, 28-18 in the second half.
Shanae Collins led lakeside with 15 points and Jessica Bridges had 14. Falon Miles added eight points.
"Lake Providence is a good team, but our speed was just too much for them," Amos said. "We're now 2-1 in district and tied for second place."
The Lakeside teams will travel east again on Friday as they play district games at Ferriday High School.