The LHS Boys Basketball team fought hard but came up short, losing to Wheatridge High School 69-42 on Thursday, January 29. Down 26-14 at half, the Lions were outplaying the Farmers, but after the break poor ball security and fundamental mistakes created a deficit that could not be overcome.
A loss this ugly is atypical for the team this year, though, the games are usually much closer. This season, in stark contrast to last season, LHS has been able to pull out some victories, and has limited the blowouts.
“We’re kind of in a hard conference, probably the hardest 4A in the state. We play pretty even with teams, but we just haven’t quite gotten the job done. We lost by 4 to Green Mountain, but beat Arvada West the other night,” said senior captain Tommy Kail.
This contest against Wheatridge was one of four blowouts the team has had on the season, meaning that they’re improving. In his second season coaching, Coach Fletcher has added a certain element to the basketball program that prior teams didn’t have.
“[Fletcher] has us a lot more organized, and provides us with more offseason workouts and were in some spring and summer leagues. He’s given us a lot of outlets to get better,” said Kail.
This game was also the LHS Cheer Squad’s senior night, honoring all the senior cheerleaders at halftime with a nice plaque and flowers.
The Lions have improved drastically from last season to this season, but still need to work on some facets of their game to become truly dominant.
“We need to work on ball security, and we’re getting beat inside. We just need to shoot better too,” said Kail.
Watch the Lions take on D’Evelyn on February 6. It’s the last home game of the season, and the team would love the support.