The Lakeside girls basketball team lost its first game in over a month last weekend.

But the defeat may do more good than harm to the Knights, who have thus far gone untested in the North Star League.

A three-point loss to Garfield-Palouse Jan. 11 put the team at 8-3, 4-0 NSL going into a string of three consecutive NSL contests against Mullan (Jan. 16), Clark Fork (Jan. 18) and Genesis Prep (Jan. 21), two of which Lakeside saw in December. In wins over Clark Fork and Mullan last month, Lakeside outscored the pair by a combined total of 121-41.

“It was a good game for us, even though we ended up losing,” Coach Chris Dohrman said of the Garfield-Palouse loss. “We need some tough, close games to test us. We had opportunities to win, but just came up short. We’ll continue to improve so we can win these close, competitive games.”

The Knights earned a three-point halftime lead over Garfield-Palouse Jan. 11 at Ron Miller Court. The two teams would go into the fourth frame tied, where Lakeside was outscored 15-18 in the 46-49 loss.

Jolissa Holt scored a team-high 23 points in the effort.

Lakeside 46, Garfield-Palouse 49

LHS 7 12 12 15 46

GP 7 9 15 18 49

J. Holt 23 pts., 7-11 FT, 8-15 FG; Anderson 7 pts., 1-3 FT, 3-4 FG; Gorr 6 pts., 3-4 FG; Peters 6 pts., 1-2 FT, 1-2 3PT, 1-3 FG; A. Holt 4 pts., 2-4 FG

The team returned from Christmas Break Jan. 7 at Kootenai as they held the Warriors to five total points in a 63-5 win.

“It was a good game to start out the new year after a long break,” Coach Dohrman said.

Arianna Gorr led the Knights with 18 points on 9-10 shooting.

Lakeside 63, Kootenai 5

LHS 22 11 20 10 63

KHS 2 2 1 0 5

Gorr 18 pts., 9-10 FG; Peters 10 pts., 2-3 FT, 4-7 FG; J. Holt 10 pts., 1-2 FT, 1-1 3PT, 3-11 FG; A. Holt 7 pts., 1-5 3PT, 2-6 FG; Adrian 6 pts., 3-4 FG; Middleton 4 pts., 2-4 FG; Anderson 2-10 FG; Allen 4 pts., 2-4 FG

Upcoming: Lakeside (8-3, 4-0 NSL) hosts Mullan Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and travels to Clark Fork Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. The girls host Genesis Prep Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

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