LHS Eagle varsity basketball teams edge out wins last week

Braydon Bradshaw, a 6’5” senior, controls the ball in a game during the season last year. COURTESY FILE PHOTO/Merilee Edwards Antonino

EVANSTON — The 3A LHS Eagles took both basketball games last week from the 4A Evanston Red Devils with the ladies team winning by three, 48-45, and the guys taking a 6-point win, 35-29.

This week the Eagles are hosting the Pinedale Wranglers tonight in the Eagle Lair. The Eagles will enter the fray with a 6-4 record and the Wranglers with a 6-5 record. The Lady Eagles will step on the hardwood with an 11-1 record compared to the Lady Wrangles with a 10-1 record. At this point the Eagles are ranked #1 in the 3A SW Quad and the Lady Eagles are ranked #2 in the Quad.

In the first quarter of the Lady Eagles game against the Lady Red Devils last Friday, Jan. 13, a three-pointer by the Eagles put them up four points over the Red Devils, 10-6. At the end of the first quarter the Lady Eagles maintained the lead, but they only led by two, 10-8.

At the start of the second half, the Red Devils added a fast seven points to stretch their lead, 31-26. This was followed by a shot from the line to edge their lead up six points, 32-26. As the third quarter was ending, both teams were hot on steals trying to add to their scores.

The Lady Eagles added a couple of points to their score at the start of the fourth quarter cutting the lead by the Lady Red Devils to four, then three points. The Lady Eagle defense kept the Lady Red Devils to notching only two points in the first two minutes of the fourth while they added four points. Evanston added two more and stretched their lead to five points. A trip to the bonus line by the Lady Eagles and two good shots dropped the deficit to three points.

In the last four minutes of the game, the two teams changed possessions, and the Red Devils took a two-point lead.

The Lady Eagles edged ahead by one and Bradshaw added two more from the bonus line to give Lyman a three-point lead, 43-40. This lead was cut to one by the Lady Red Devils. With 40.6 seconds left in the game, Bradshaw again went to the line and sank one-of-two to give the Lady Eagles a 3-point lead. When the game ended, the Lady Eagles had earned the win in a hard fought game, 48-45.

As for the guys, the Eagles managed to overcome the Red Devils score of three shortly in the first quarter when Carter Bradshaw put up two points, followed by two more baskets to take the lead by three, 6-3. This increased to four points following another basket and one by Braydon Bradshaw to move the score to 10-6. The Eagles led by four points at the end of the first quarter, following a basket by Gage Nielsen to set the score at 13-9.

In the second quarter, the Eagles continued to stay in the lead, holding the Red Devils to three points in this quarter. The Eagles added points gaining a 10-point lead. With 10 seconds left in the first half, the Red Devils his one-of-two from the bonus line to give them 12 points, but the Eagles were still in the lead by nine, 21-12.

The Red Devils hit the hardwood in the second half determined to make a presence. They held the Eagles to four points, but were only able to five points to their score due to the tough defense by the Eagles.

Eagle Brigham Fanos went to the line, missed his shot, which was rebounded and put in by Bradshaw to give the Eagles a four-point lead. In the final seconds of the game, there were several trips to the bonus line and attempts to steal. When the game ended, the score was in the Eagles’ favor, 35-29.

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