Across Idaho’s six classifications, one team remains with a perfect record.
And it will be put to the test Thursday in the 1AD2 boys state tournament.
Lakeside has won 21 consecutive games and will look for a 22nd tomorrow as it faces District Three’s top seed, Garden Valley, in a first-round 1AD2 matchup at Caldwell High.
The Knights have battled injuries to two of their top players this season, and most recently saw the return of J.J. Hall from an ankle injury.
Between J.J. and starting guard Kenyon Spotted Horse each missing games due to ankle injuries, Lakeside has shown it can win in more than one way.
“We are all healed up and ready to make a push,” Coach James Twoteeth said.
Both Lakeside and Garden Valley put up big numbers offensively, but Lakeside may have the edge on defense. The Knights have held opponents to 17 fewer points than Garden Valley has this season.
The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to a semifinal contest Friday at 2 p.m. PST.
“This is the third year I have had this core group, so to see it clicking is satisfying,” Coach Twoteeth added.
Kenyon recorded a big game in round one of districts against Clark Fork, and Talon Twoteeth steeped up in game two as the Knights went 2-0 in the NSL tournament to take their first championship since 2015.
Kenyon scored a team-high 28 points in a 96-39 win over Clark Fork Feb. 25. Day Day added 25 points as Lakeside opened a 54-19 halftime lead.
Lakeside 96, Clark Fork 39
LHS 26 28 27 15 96
CF 8 11 11 9 39
Spotted Horse 28 pts.; Higgins 25 pts.; Hall 12 pts.; White 11 pts.; Brown 10 pts.; Twoteeth 6 pts.; Matt 4 pts.
Lakeside’s win over the Wampus Cats sent them to a district-championship game with Genesis Prep Feb. 27, where the Knights extended a four-point lead through one quarter to 12 at halftime.
The result would see Lakeside to a 63-42 victory, a third consecutive over Genesis Prep.
Lakeside 63, Genesis Prep 42
LHS 16 16 14 17 63
GP 12 8 14 8 42
Twoteeth 15 pts.; Hall 13 pts.; Brown 10 pts.; Spotted Horse 8 pts.; Higgins 6 pts.; Abuan 6 pts.; White 5 pts.
Upcoming: Lakeside (21-0) faces Garden Valley at 5:15 p.m. PST Thursday in a first-round contest. A win would send the Knights to a semifinal game Friday against the winner of Mackay and Dietrich, which would tip off at 2 p.m. PST at Caldwell High School.