The Lakewood boys basketball team took on the undefeated Lynden Christian Lyncs on Jan. 31.
The Cougars entered the game with four of their original starters, from the season opener, not in their lineup. With a new rotation and one of the best 2A teams in the state matching up with them, Lakewood managed to keep it close early in the game. By the first timeout, the Cougars held on to a one-point deficit, 5-6, by maintaining a strong defense against the Lyncs. Through the rest of the quarter Lynden Christian went on a 13-4 run to go into the second up 19-9. Through the rest of the first half both teams scored back and forth with the Lyncs only slightly increasing their lead up 35-21.
In the second half Lynden Christian began to go to their star players and caught fire on their way to a huge 25-10 third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Lakewood managed to match the Lyncs scoring output with 22 points but still took the loss at home by a score of 82-53.
“We missed a few shots and turned over the ball at inopportune times which you can’t do against a good team like that. I'm looking forward to the postseason, I’m glad we’re getting to face some good competition so that our younger guys can catch up to that high level of play,” said Lakewood Head Coach Anthony Wiederkehr.
Lakewood’s sophomore duo of Shae Dixon and Kaiden Harrison were huge sparks off the bench as they led the Cougars in multiple categories. Dixon led the team in points and three-pointers made as he put up 21 points, five three-pointers, one rebound and one steal. Harrison added on 10 points of his own as well as grabbing five rebounds and two steals.
The Cougars also had their juniors Jackson Schultz, Alex Jensen and Ethan Saxton make big plays throughout the game. Schultz filled the stat sheet with six points, one threepointer, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. Jensen only scored two points but made up for it with five assists and six rebounds. Saxton nailed one three-pointer, dropped five points and dished out two assists.
Your next chance to support the Lakewood Cougars will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7, p.m. as they will host the not yet announced 10th seed in the 2A District Boys Basketball Tournament.