Lakeside contained Garfield’s Juanita Agosto and defeated the Bulldogs 55-45.
No. 7 Lakeside (8-1) was coming off a big 48-41 win over No. 2 Bishop Blanchet, and kept the momentum going, anchored by forwards Kallin Spiller and Chloe Loreen.
Sophomores Spiller and Loreen combined for 27 points, and Spiller led with 19 rebounds.
The duo controlled the post offensively, scoring on four in-bounds alley-oops, and had a strong passing game, relying on assists for a big portion of points.
“We’ve really worked cohesively as a team, and if someone’s there, we’re going to pass it to them,” Spiller said.
Lakeside guards Kimijah King had 11 points, and Kelly Keene added 10.
Garfield had a slim six point lead after the first quarter, but gave it up in the second quarter. Keene and Loreen dominated a 14-4 run, putting the Lions of reach for the rest of the game.
The Garfield team is young – the Bulldogs start three freshmen and two sophomores – and coach Joyce Walker said the game was a learning experience for the dangers of allowing opponents multiple shots per possession.
“It’s a steep learning curve,” Walker said. “Metro’s competitive, so we’re just learning. There’s highs, there’s lows. There’s things you wish we were able to do better, but over time we’ll be able to learn those lessons.”
However, youth didn’t seem to hinder Garfield sophomore guard Agosto, who scored 29 points. But Agosto, who averages 20 points per game, couldn’t save it alone for the Bulldogs.
“She’s really explosive,” said Lakeside coach Patrick Chinn. “She shoots wonderful, true jump shots in Metro…I think she’s going to be a terror in the next two years. Seeing her, I don’t want to see her anymore.”