By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Lakeside Christian quickly found out they were in trouble in the early minutes of their game against Somerset Christian on Saturday afternoon at Charlie Correll Memorial Gymnasium.
The home standing Cougars charged out to a 15-0 lead over the visiting Falcons and never looked back, as they came away with a 71-29 victory to allow Kirk Stickley and crew to up their record to 4-2 on the season.
Stickley, who is in his first full season as the Cougar head coach, was really tickled with his team’s performance in the 42-point victory over Lakeside Christian.
“This was the best we’ve played so far this year,” told Stickley. “We have had a couple of good wins, but we still haven’t played to our potential. If we play like we are capable of playing, we are going to be hard to beat.”
Somerset Christian scored 15 unanswered points to begin the game before the Falcons ever scored a point. Hunter Reed, Jon Pope, Jacob Ricks, and Colby Alexander all chipped in with baskets on the run.
The Cougars were not finished scoring however, as they went on another run to finish the quarter, this time of a 10-0 kind. Ricks, Reed, Pope, and Devin Mayne all found the basket in the closing minutes of the first period.
After one quarter in the books, the Cougars held a 31-5 lead over Lakeside Christian.
Stickley and crew outscored Lakeside Christian by a 16-11 margin in the second quarter to go into the locker room with a 47-16 lead over the Falcons. Alexander tallied 6 of the Cougars’ points in the quarter.
The Cougars continued to roll in the second half, outscoring Lakeside Christian, 17-3, in the third period. After three quarters in the books, Somerset Christian led by a score of 64-19.
Reed led the charge for the Cougars, finishing with a game-high 18 points and a team-high 5 rebounds. Alexander was the only other Cougar to hit double figures, scoring 11 points. Ricks scored 9 points and Mayne had 8 points, while Dylan Bradshaw and Brandon Eades both tallied 7 points each.
Somerset Christian will be back in action on Saturday, when they will travel to Lexington to square-off with Bluegrass Christian. The Cougar head coach is hoping his team comes out with a quick start similar to the one in Saturday's victory over the Falcons
“This is something to build off of,” concluded Stickley. “We’ve got Bluegrass next Saturday – that game will be a lot tougher at their place. If we play like we did in the first quarter, we should be able to win that game.”
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LCA – 5 11 3 8 – 29
SCS – 31 16 17 9 – 71
LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN (1-5): Porter 9, McGhee 9, Miller 4, Steele 3, Barker 2.
SOMERSET CHRISTIAN (4-2): Reed 18, Alexander 11, Ricks 9, Mayne 8, Eades 7, Bradshaw 7, Pope 6, J. Griffith 2, Adams 2, B. Griffith 2.