Second and third chance baskets by Wesleyan were the thorn in the side of the Lakeview Academy girls basketball program in a one-sided state quarterfinal matchup Tuesday.
The Lady Lions (25-5) allowed 29 points off second-chance shots as it lost 76-51 in the state quarterfinal round of the Class A private schools tournament in Gainesville.
Still, the loss doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of a season for Lakeview Academy, which included a region championship, first-round bye to open state and an easy second-round win against Darlington last week.
“I’m very proud of this team and everything they accomplished this season,” Lakeview Academy coach John Carrick said. “I’ve been doing this 45 years and this is one of the most fun groups to coach I’ve ever had.
“They got along great. The seniors kept everyone in line.”
With the loss, the Lady Lions’ season is now finished, but the foundation is in place with only one senior, Sadie Thrailkill, in the starting five.
In the quarterfinals, Wesleyan jumped up big early as Izzy Larsen scored eight points in each of the first two quarters, while Avyonce Carter followed three misses with a rebound and basket as part of her game-high 21 points.
Larsen scored the first six points for the Lady Wolves as they jumped to a quick 9-5 lead in the opening minutes, but Lakeview Academy kept it close with a 3-pointer from Maddy Towles late in the opening quarter to knock the deficit down to four points.
Lakeview Academy was outscored by 20 in the second quarter, making it a 44-18 deficit at halftime.
Jackie Allen finished the game with 16 points for the Lady Lions, while Joelle Snyder had nine points.
Carter finished with a game-high 14 rebounds for Wesleyan, which will move on to face the St. Francis/Eagles Landing Christian Academy winner in the semifinals on Saturday at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.