The Lakeside boys basketball team capped its calendar year with a sixth consecutive victory.
And the third consecutive in which it scored greater than 85 points.
The Knights have suffocated teams early on, outscoring opponents by an average of 30-6 in the first quarter of those recent three victories.
Combined, Lakeside has compiled 186 points of first-half scoring in its trio of NSL wins, compared to 43 first-half points by the joint efforts of Kootenai (10), Clark Fork (20) and Mullan (13).
But the Knights’ shock-wave speed is not the only style they win with.
At a tournament in La Grande, OR early this month, Lakeside was forced to play from behind in a half-court offense, and came back from 12 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime and defeat host team Nixyaawii, who won an Oregon state title last season.
The Knights would go back to their speed in the tournament’s second game against La Grande, an Oregon school nearly six times the size of Lakeside.
Coach James Twoteeth’s team opened up a 31-15 halftime lead en route to the fourth win of an eventual six-game winning streak going into Christmas Break.
“Speed is okay, but it isn’t everything,” Coach Twoteeth said. “If forced to slow down, we can adapt and run half court offenses, as we have shown in Oregon games. This is the third year I have had this core group, so to see it clicking is satisfying.”
The Knights’ most recent win over Mullan featured four Lakeside players scoring in double digits and a 58-13 halftime lead over the school that knocked Lakeside out of the race for a 1AD2 state football playoff berth last month.
Kenyon Spotted Horse racked up 25 points for the second consecutive contest as his team improved to 6-0, 3-0 NSL with a 90-31 North Star League win.
Lakeside 90, Mullan 31
LHS 27 31 20 12 90
MUL 6 7 12 6 31
Spotted Horse 25 pts.; Hall 15 pts.; Higgins 12 pts.; Twoteeth 11 pts.; White 10 pts.; Arroyo 6 pts.; Brown 6 pts.; Abuan 3 pts.; Matt 2 pts.
Upcoming: Lakeside, currently ranked second in state 1AD2 media polls, sits idle through Christmas Break before returning to action Jan. 7 at Kootenai (0-4, 0-1 NSL) and Jan. 10 at Wallace (4-3).