HOMER — The Lakeside basketball teams traveled to Homer and came home with a split of the two varsity games as the Warriors got the win and the Lady Warriors took the loss.
The Warriors started off hot in the first half, and then weathered a cold spell in the second half to beat the Pelicans, 61-55.
The Warriors jumped out to a 20-13 first quarter lead and then led 33-24 at the half.
"We went into the locker room leading by nine points," Warrior head coach Jason Gould said. "But we felt like it should have been more. We kept letting them hang around. But for the most part we played pretty well in the first half."
Homer came back in the second half to take the third and fourth quarters by a combined score of 31-28.
"In the second half, they out-scored us in both quarters," Gould said. "But luckily we were able to hold on there at the end. They had made a run at us late that cut the lead down to four points, but we were able to get it back up and it turned out to be a six-point game."
T.J. Carpenter turned in yet another outstanding game with 35 points and 10 rebounds, and Tarus Erving added 11 points.
"This game ends the first round of district games," Gould said. "As of now we're sitting in second place by ourselves at 4-1. Jonesboro-Hodge is first at 5-0 and Sterlington in third at 3-2. We have another round starting Friday at Jonesboro and then we head to Sterlington next Tuesday."
The Warriors are 14-8 overall.
The Lady Warriors' offense sputtered in their 46-30 loss to the Lady Pels.
"The game started off as a pretty good game," Lady Warrior head coach LaDarien Amos said. "But in the second quarter, we just didn't come out to play and that was the turning point of the game."
The Lady Warriors trailed 10-7 going into the second quarter, and then were out-scored 18-4 in the second. Lakeside actually took the second half 19-18, but it was too little, too late.
"Homer played well, and shot the ball extremely well the whole game," Amos said. "And it was just an off night for us. We struggled on offense and we seemed to get down on ourselves and we quit playing."
Shanae Collins led the Lady Warriors with 11 points. Zakariah Jenkins added five points and Jessica Bridges and Tamera Douglas both scored four.
"We have to recover from this and get ready for Jonesboro on Friday," Amos said. "This could be a learning lesson for the girls, hopefully the loss will motivate them into playing harder for the win next time out."