SIBLEY — The Lakeside Lady Warriors led early but struggles late as they lost to Homer High School on Friday.
The Lady Warriors led 29-23 going into the fourth quarter, but were out-scored 21-5 by the Lady Pels to drop the 44-34 decision.
"It started out really good for us, Lady Warrior head coach LaDarien Amos said. "We played with intensity from the beginning. We held them to just nine points in the first half, and things looked good."
Lakeside led 19-9 at the half.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first half," Amos said. "We were playing great defense, but they started to come alive in the third quarter and started to hit some shots."
There were also a number of questionable calls that seemed to go against Lakeside, giving Homer extra opportunities.
"Those calls hurt us," Amos said. "They went to the free throw line and ended up out-scoring us 21-5 in the fourth quarter."
Amos said there was another key in the game that hurt Lakeside even more than the questionable calls.
"We lost our point guard Jessica Bridges in the second quarter," he said. "She got elbowed in the eye in the first half and missed most of the game. I think that was the biggest key in the loss. Her leadership was missed when she had to sit out."
Zakariah Jenkins and Shanae Collins led the team with 10 points each and Tamara Douglas had seven. Falon Miles had six and Bridges added two.
The Lady Warriors will now wait until later this week to find out if they will receive an at-large bid for the girls Class 2A playoffs.