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Sylvan-Lucas Gets Opening Night Sweep of Wakefield

Sylvan-Lucas High SchoolSYLVAN GROVE-The Sylvan-Lucas Basketball teams opened the 2017-18 season Friday night at their home gym with victories over Wakefield.  The Girls had to rally late after trailing for most of the game but pulled out a 27-26 victory on Kerstin Decker's layup with 10 seconds left.  There was a lot less suspense in the Boys game as the Mustangs never trailed en route to a 58-47 win.

The Girls game featured 17 tie-ups resulting in alternating possessions and the teams combined to make just 11 free throws in 45 attempts.  Sylvan-Lucas led 7-6 after the first quarter but was held scoreless in the second period and trailed 14-7 at halftime.  After going nearly two full quarters without a field goald, the Lady Mustangs under their new coach Craig Batchman closed the gap to 19-15 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Wakefield led 26-21 but Sylvan-Lucas began to chip away thanks to five critical points by Hannah Wolting.  Trailing 26-25 in the final 30 seconds, Decker drove to the hoop and scored the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left giving the Lady Mustangs their first lead since that one-point advantage at the end of the first quarter.  It then appeared that Wakefield turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds pass, but the officials got together and determined that Wakefield called timeout just before the turnover.

The Lady Bombers made one more run down the court and Gabi Nelms had a good look at a three-point attempt but the ball bounced off the iron allowing Sylvan-Lucas to escape with the win.  Decker led the Mustangs with seven points while Wolting and Katie Farney added five apiece.  Tea Copenhaver of Wakefield led all scorers with 11 points.

In the Boys contest, Sylvan-Lucas jumped out to an early lead and was able to make it stand up.  After leading 25-19 at halftime, the Mustangs pulled away in the third quarter outscoring the Bombers 17-9 for a 42-28 advantage after three periods.  Wakefield closed to within seven points in the fourth quarter but Sylvan-Lucas was able to hang on for the win.  

Three Mustangs were in double figures led by 21 points from Caiden Rivers, 16 from Owen Krueger while Tyler Barrientes added 13.  Nathan Jackson led Wakefield with 17 points while Noah Ghen chipped in with 15.

The Sylvan-Lucas teams will head to the Tescott Tournament where they'll begin play Monday with games against Wilson on Monday, Tescott on Tuesday and Southern Cloud next Friday.

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