Coming off a win over Dutch Fork one night earlier, North Augusta found its groove again Friday night.
Omarion Byrd and Tez Collins each scored 21 points, Russell Felton added 20 and the Yellow Jackets notched an 84-70 victory over Lakeside.
While North Augusta (2-0) recorded 11 3-pointers, the Yellow Jackets also attacked the basket at will.
“We got great movement and kids knocked down shots,” North Augusta coach Tony Harrell said. “The other night, I told them we settled for too many threes. We wanted to get to the rim. We’ve got some athletic kids.”
Lakeside dropped its first game of the season, falling to 4-1. The Panthers have to regroup in a hurry, traveling today to play Collins Hill, which entered Friday’s play with a 5-0 record.
“Our goal is not to go undefeated,” Lakeside coach Jeff Williams said. “We lost to a good team. That’s why I made the schedule the way I did. They’re in the locker room hanging their heads. I told them they can either pick their heads up and go to Collins Hill and play well or they can worry about a loss that doesn’t matter.”
North Augusta got off to a fast start as Byrd swished three 3-pointers in the opening quarter. The Jackets knocked down five shots from three-point land in the opening frame, seven in the first half.
Byrd drove the lane for a layup to stake his team to a 15-point lead late in the first quarter.
Then, Bryson Mozone canned a 3 from the top of the key to extend the advantage to 25-7.
Lakeside trailed by 19 points entering the second quarter, when it finally heated up. The Panthers chipped away at the deficit and pulled within 40-32 on Tucker Gilbert’s driving lay-in. Rickey McGhee followed with another shot inside the paint.
North Augusta went into intermission up 40-34. The Yellow Jackets then flexed their offensive muscles in the second half, keeping Lakeside at arm’s length. Mozone knocked down a three to stake his team to a 70-59 lead late in the game, keeping the momentum with North Augusta down the stretch.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” Harrell said. “We had to control the runs in the second half. For the most part, we did that.”
Kalen Williams scored 18 points to lead the Panthers.
The North Augusta girls extended their winning streak to 30 with their 73-18 win over Lakeside. Tyliah Burns led the Lady Jackets with 14 points, while Aaliyah Bell had 13 and Amari Young 11.
Lakeside, which led early at 4-3, failed to score in the second period. Parker Ray scored five points as the Lady Panthers to 3-2.