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Lakeside sweeps AHS basketball

by Josh Richert | January 28, 2022 at 12:18 a.m.
Arkansas High’s Quavy Ross defends Lakeside’s Tavon Johnson during a makeup 5A-South conference game Thursday at Razorback Gym. (Staff photo by Josh Richert)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Lakeside beat Arkansas High in its makeup 5A-South conference games Thursday at Razorback Stadium.

The Rams jumped out to an early 14-point lead and were never challenged in a 77-49 win, and the Lady Backs saw Lakeside's girls pull away in the second half for a 40-23 win.


Lakeside 77, AHS 49

Down by 21 to start the second half, the Razorbacks matched Lakeside point for point in the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter trailing 62-41.

Arkansas High never was able to stage a comeback, and the Rams closed the game on a 9-1 run.

Lakeside shot 42 percent on 23-of-55 field goals and had three fewer turnovers than AHS, 15-12. Both teams grabbed 44 rebounds.

The Razorbacks shot 34 percent on 22-of-65 shooting.

Tavon Johnson scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half for the Rams. Albion Harris, Skyler Purifoy and A.J. Howard added 10 points apiece, and Johnson also had eight boards.

Mason Cornelius led Arkansas High with 22 points, and Chris Watson chipped in with 10. Cornelius also had 10 rebounds, and Jeremiah Jones and Daylen Jefferson added seven boards each.

Lakeside jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 2:47 of the game and never looked back. The Razorbacks cut their deficit to 10 points (19-9) once in the first before the Rams closed the quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 25-9 lead at the first break.

Arkansas Got within 11 points (26-15) just 2:50 into the second quarter, but Lakeside rattled off 10 straight points and turned that into a 14-2 rally. The Hogs faced a 44-23 deficit at intermission.

AHS shot 36 percent (11-of-31) in the first half, and the Rams, who hit their first six field goals of the game, shot 43 percent (13-of-30).


Lakeside 40, AHS 23

The Lady Rams drained a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, when Lakeside turned a 4-point halftime lead into a 15-point cushion before heading into the fourth up 13 points (32-19).

Arkansas High made just 4-of-27 shots after halftime, including 1-of-15 in the final period. The Lady Backs finished shooting 20 percent for the game on 9-of-45 field goals.

Lakeside shot 31 percent on 13-of-42 shots, lost the rebounding battle, 35-31, but had 15 turnovers, compared to 19 by AHS.

Amelia Rogers poured in 20 points for the Rams, and Allie Pollock had nine points and nine rebounds.

Jenna Dupree, LaDavilla Hill and Seaira Watson each scored six points for Arkansas High, and Makayla Dodd and Watson pulled down eight boards apiece, and with Taylor Reed adding seven rebounds.

The Lady Backs struggled to get the shots to fall in the first quarter and twice faced 5-point deficits against Lakeside, which held a 9-4 lead at the first break.

Arkansas High turned up the intensity on defense in the second quarter and opened the period on a 4-0 run and tied the game after extending that run to 7-2. In the final minute of the first half, the Rams scored four points to head into halftime with a 15-11 lead.

The Lady Backs shot 28 percent (5-of-18) before intermission, and Lakeside shot 26 percent (5-of-19).

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