Hawks Out-shoot Wildcats in Season Opener

Liam Bradford, Sports Editor

The Lakeland Hawks played their first official game of the season on Nov. 30 and defeated the Kellogg Wildcats, 64-57. The Hawks played an extremely clean game with minimal turnovers and averaged 16 points per quarter. At the half, the Hawks led 33-22 and held their lead for the majority of the game. 

Lakeland had four double-digit scorers contribute to their strong offensive performance. These scorers consisted of Bryce Henry with 15 points, Grant Roth and Scotty Hocking both with 12, and Abe Munyer with 10. 

The Hawk’s offense was unable to convert any three-point shots from anyone other than Grant Roth, who made two. 

On the other side of the ball, the Kellogg Wildcats had three double-digit scorers, courtesy of the Luna brothers, Kolby and Ripley, who combined for 30 points, and Tanner Grove with 12. Kolby Luna led the team with four made three-point field goals. 

The Luna brothers kept the Wildcats in the game with countless trips to the free-throw line, as well as multiple clutch jumpers. Every time the Hawks would seemingly pull away, the Wildcats would crawl right back due to the threatening sibling duo. 

After scoring 12 in the opening game, Scotty Hocking said, “I was glad to see that the offense was clicking for us, and we were getting open passes and finding good shots to capitalize on.” After going to the sideline with an injury, Hocking returned to the game in the second half and provided crucial minutes for the Hawks in crunch time. 

Lakeland now stands at 1-0 and will play next this weekend in the border clash tournament between Lakeland and both West Valley and East Valley Spokane schools. Friday’s game vs. East Valley will start at 6:30. 

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