GROVETOWN — A scrappy, but undersized Grovetown team couldn’t overcome the big men of Lakeside on Friday.
The Panthers took the lead from the Warriors on their home court and never surrendered it in a 60-52 victory.
It was Grovetown’s second loss to Lakeside (4-2). They met in the season opener, with Lakeside prevailing 55-44 in November.
Panthers senior Chris Hall dominated, scoring 17 points on Friday.
Six of those points came in the first period on a jumper, a lay-up following a steal and a basket after he had to drive through traffic.
Grovetown managed to keep it close after the first quarter, only down by two. Lakeside did hold a 31-22 lead at the half.
Grovetown managed to cut into the deficit early in the second half, helped by sophomore Shalom Alvarez, who scored 12 points in the third period. But Alvarez’s 21-point game just wasn’t enough.
The Warriors (2-4) rallied in the fourth, scoring eight points in a row while keeping Lakeside scoreless for about five minutes.
Hall sealed the game with a free throw with one second left.
The Grovetown girls fared better, beating Lakeside 41-36. The girls also met in the season opener, where Grovetown (5-2) beat Lakeside (2-3) 57-41 in a nonregion matchup.
Friday’s game might have been as equally an impressive win as the first game for the Warriors had they managed to shoot well from the free-throw line. They hit just 10 of 27 attempts.
The Panthers kept it close, trailing by one at the half.
Grovetown’s play got sloppy in the fourth quarter with multiple bad passes, including one from sophomore Heaven Garey that went out of bounds when she tried to dish the ball off to an official. But the Warriors regained their composure and played solid defense to stop Lakeside.
A pair of hit free throws from Grovetown senior Tye Sewell iced the game.