LHS girls basketball

Savannah Greenfield drives the ball against a Lost River player, as the Lady Honkers dominated all facets of the game.

Lakeview High School (LHS) girls basketball did not let an unexpected extended break stop their momentum as they extended their winning streak to six games, winning all three games last week.

After winning the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational Tournament the Lady Honkers had a break across Christmas and into the new year before they hit the court and faced competition again.

The break did not break the Lady Honkers’ concentration or intensity as they traveled to Caldera on Tuesday, Jan. 4 and won 66-34.

Coach Cody Blair said that the team was a little winded in the beginning of the game due to the nearly two-week break between games. But after the first four minutes of the game, the Honkers were able to get into their flow by moving the ball and making life difficult for Caldera, while having the best offensive night of the season as the Lady Honkers scored 66 points.

The team outscored Caldera 37-14 in the second half and walked away with the victory. Tyler McNeley, Kenna Stratton and Karlee Vickerman owned the paint and the rebounds on both ends of the court.

That dominating play continued during the week as the Lady Honkers dispatched host Modoc in Alturas, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 6, winning 47-21.

Modoc had trouble working its way into their offense, as the Lady Honkers used their half-court defense to push the other team into making bad passes, missing shots and turning over the ball. LHS then used these missed opportunities and turned them into scoring chances on their end of the court. As in other wins, the Lady Honkers kept the overall scoring low, playing their pace and making sure that they took good shots and were not rushed.

After winning two non-league games, the Honkers began league play when they defeated visiting Lost River on Friday, Jan. 4 winning 60-24.

The score could have been even higher, but the pace of the game slowed in the second half with the continuous running clock after the Lady Honkers took a 30-point lead going into halftime.

Lost River is a young team and that showed on the court as the Lady Honkers used their full-court defense and forced the Lady Raiders into turnovers, mistakes, and hurried shots. Even calming words from the Lost River coach did little to calm the team down, as the Lady Raiders turned the ball over several times, including multiple steals by Breanna Strubel and other Lady Honker players which were turned into fast break points.

Lost River tried to stage a comeback in the latter part of the second quarter, but mistakes by Lost River in the final minutes of the second quarter such as fouls, turnovers and missed shots led the Lady Honkers to score more points.

Lost River had no answer for LHS and its offensive and defensive capabilities, as the Honkers turned the heat on and won the game handily.

Next up, the Lady Honkers host La Pine on Wednesday, Jan. 12 with the game starting at 6 p.m. They then travel on the road until the final days of January.

With the six victories in a row, the Lady Honkers are now 8-2 overall and 1-0 in 2A-5 Southern Cascade league play and are first place in the league. They are currently ranked fifth in the state.

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