Girls Basketball Strikes Early in Win Over Blue Streaks
Louisville 56, Lake 35
The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball team bounced back with a 56-35 victory in their home opener against the Lake Blue Streaks Wednesday at LHS. With the victory, Louisville is an even 1-1 on the young season.
Sarah Lairson scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Leopards. Alexa Oberster also scored 9 and both Abby Beaver & Hanna Lautzenheiser added 6 a piece.
Louisville held Lake scoreless for over nine minutes during a 21-0 run. Lairson also played a big role on
the defensive side of the ball constantly causing havoc in the backcourt. The Leopards stormed out to a 26-4 advantage with 4:03 left in the second quarter before taking a 28-12 lead into the locker room.
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Louisville remained consistent on offense in the second half adding another 28 points to their total before the final buzzer while holding Lake to 23. The Blue Streaks were led by Taylor Champagne who hit 2 of Lake’s 4 three-pointers in scoring a team-high 8. MacKenzie Hance also scored 7 points for the Lady Streaks.
With the victory, the Leopards have now won their last three meetings against the Blue Streaks. Louisville now leads the all-time series 24-17, which includes a 13-6 mark at home.
The win also marks the largest turn around in point differential in team history. Just four days before, the Lady Leopards suffered a 81-33 loss at GlenOak, their worse in terms of point differential since a 92-29 loss at Northwest in 2003. The 48-point loss Saturday coped with a 21-point victory over Lake Wednesday is a 69-point swing. It is only the third time the Lady Leopards have had a 60-point swing all-time:
- 2016-17 – GlenOak 81, Louisville 33 >>> Louisville 56, Lake 35 | +69
- 2001-02 – McKinley 71, Louisville 27 >>> Louisville 69, Marlington 51 | +62
- 2007-08 – Lake 51, Louisville 23 >>> Louisville 66, Marlington 34 | +60
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Salem to take on the Quakers on Saturday, December 3. JV will start at 12:00 and Varsity will follow around 1:30 PM.
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