First half woes too much to overcome for LCA boys

KNOXVILLE — Lakeway Christian Academy outscored Concord Christian 46-37 in the second half, while Ethan Brooks and Shajai Jackson combined for 57 total points but it was not enough.

Friday night marked the second time LCA and Concord Christian met for a Division II-A District 1 matchup and Concord Christian has won both games now. Thanks to a second-quarter scoring frenzy, Concord Christian defeated LCA 79-60.

“We started off poorly and no energy was shown,” Staples said. “One of the things I talked about at halftime was playing for pride and playing with energy. I think it finally clicked in the second half. We outscored (Concord) in the fourth quarter by six points with Jackson and Brooks leading us.”

LCA fell behind 42-14 at the halftime break as Staples’ team struggled to gain offensive opportunities.

Concord Christian began trailing early in the first quarter but a 17-0 run transition into the beginning of the second quarter put it ahead 19-6. Concord extended its run to 40-8 through the final 11 minutes of the first half.

Nearly 30 points separated LCA and Concord, which was too much in the end for LCA to overcome.

Only four players scored for LCA as Brooks led the way with his game-high 33 points and Jackson followed with 24. Lucas Whitaker and Caleb Davis scored two points each.

“Brooks and Jackson make this team go,” Staples said. “It is hard to stop them two whenever they are coming at you full speed. I think we are building something with those two guys out there leading us.”

Concord was led by Harry Pennoyer’s ability to score under the basket with his 23 points. Noah Gilder added 15 points and Will Morris tallied 12 in the win.

“I don’t think we matched (Concord’s) interior toughness this time,” Staples said. “The first game around we had to worry about their guards. This game we had to worry about the big guys down low.”

Brooks scored 25 of his points in the second half and Jackson helped with 20 in the final two quarters. The duo helped LCA close a 30-point deficit to just 16 at one point in the fourth quarter.

There was little to no time left for LCA to complete a miraculous comeback, though, as Concord protected its double-digit lead in the final minutes of the game.

“Despite the loss, I saw a lot of positives from this game we can work with. I think we are starting to figure this team out, slowly but surely,” Staples said.

LCA finds itself in another DII-A District 1 matchup next time out against Knox Webb on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Scoring:

Lakeway Christian (60): Ethan Brooks 33, Shajai Jackson 24, Lucas Whitaker 2, Caleb Davis 2.

Concord Christian (79): Harry Pennoyer 23, Noah Gilder 15, Will Morris 12, Juan Rodriguez 9, Chase Morgan 8, Jose Rodriguez 8, Elijah Divine 2, Jacob Dunn 2.