Whether it was an up-tempo pace or working their halfcourt sets, Lakeside was in control from the beginning against Westside on Friday night.
The Panthers built a 16-point halftime lead and kept the Patriots at bay in the second half, winning 54-41.
Head coach Jody Hilley took over a week before the season started last year and said it was a tough season with everyone getting to know each other, but the Panthers have jumped out to a 4-0 start this season.
“A year’s time has made a huge difference,” said Hilley.
Playing small forward, senior Sam Powell had18 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers. Luke Harmon and BJ Raymond added 12 points each and Jake Gilbert blocked five shots.
Playing their first game, the Patriots trailed by double digits the entire second half. They were led by Quinton Phillip’s 12 points.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, we’re just young,” said Patriots head coach Marvin Fields.
In the opener, the Lady Patriots ran their record to 3-0 with a 63-26 rout of Lakeside.
They held the Lady Panthers (2-3) to just five first-half points while building a 33-5 halftime lead.
Marion Ware dominated down low en route to a game-high 19 points for Westside.
Also scoring most of her points in the paint was Jahmia Bradley with 15, Tyesha Ravenell had 13 and Olivia Johnson added 10.