Lakeview High School (LHS) girls basketball traveled to Bandon to compete in the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational and came away not only winning the tournament but defeating Bandon — one of the top girls basketball programs in 2A.
The Lady Honkers got the ball rolling when they defeated Myrtle Point on Monday, Dec. 20, winning 53-29.
The game was one in which the Lady Honkers were able to play at their own pace — methodical, taking their time and taking high percentage shots. LHS did not allow Myrtle Point to find its offensive rhythm, something that would become the theme throughout the game.
Unlike other games the Lady Honkers have played this year, the game was physical and not tightly called, which was an advantage for the Lady Honkers on the defensive side of the ball.
The team was able to use its physical defensive play — both full court press and a suffocating zone defense — to create challenges for Myrtle Point. This tough defense by LHS led to turnovers by the Myrtle Point team and easy buckets for the Lady Honkers on the offensive side of the ball.
Next up was a win against Pacific on Tuesday, Dec. 21 with the Lady Honkers winning 48-23. The game against Pacific was similar to the game against Myrtle Point: tough defense, low scoring, and turnovers. This led the Lady Honkers to dominate the game against Pacific and not allow the opposing team to find a way to get on the scoreboard. Head Coach Cody Blair said the games this will year will generally be low scoring as the Lady Honkers do not want to get into a shootout with opposing teams.
This was one of the reasons that the Lady Honkers were able to knock off the number one team in the state and win the tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 22 when they defeated Bandon 42-31.
Bandon is considered one of the toughest teams in Oregon for 2A girls basketball and going into the game was ranked number 1 in the standings.
But the Lady Honkers were able to use their trademark suffocating defense, both zone and full court press, to keep Bandon from scoring.
The Lady Honkers focused on the defensive side of the ball. This led to Bandon turning the ball over, especially after the Bandon team hit some early jumpers. Tyler McNeley helped to shut down Bandon in the paint; she also had 14 points.
Savannah Greenfield and Breanna Strubel led the defensive side of the ball and kept the top two Bandon players from scoring easily, which helped the Lady Honkers take and keep the lead.
With a slow game, Bandon could not find a way to break down the Lady Honker defense and LHS used their time on the ball to go through the paint, leading to a victory and winning the tournament.
Greenfield and Kenna Stratton were named to the all-tournament team.
Head Coach Cody Blair said the win against Bandon was great, but that there is still work to be done and the team will get better as the season progresses.
With three wins in a row, LHS’s overall record is 5-2 and the team is in second place in the 2A-5 Southern Cascade League.
Next up is a visit from Myrtle Point on Thursday, Dec. 30 with tip off scheduled for 3 p.m. However, weather conditions and the death of a Myrtle Point player in a motor vehicle crash could cause a cancelation.