For the opening quarter it seemed as if Georgetown commit Dante Harris would outscore Berean Christian all by himself. Instead, a blowout victory over the Eagles allowed Lakeway Christian to test its depth in a 67-36 victory Tuesday night at Cornerstone Academy.
The Lions’ starters didn’t see much action after the opening period, but in all 10 players contributed in the scorebook.
“It’s always good when we can get guys that normally don’t play as much into games like this,” Lakeway Christian coach Curtis Staples said. “The focal point is for us to learn how to execute. Practicing every day is different from games. It’s always good to see guys do what we practice.”
As the Lions enter the second half of their season, developing their depth could be key for another lengthy postseason run. Still, Staples was disappointed in some of the effort of his starting unit as they faced an opponent struggling to stay on the floor with them.
“Most of them had energy,” Staples said. “It seemed like a couple of guys were still asleep, but we’re thankful for the guys coming off the bench tonight. They did a good job. They maintained the flow of the game.”
Harris opened the game hot, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring all 12 of his points in the first eight minutes of game time. The Eagles obviously had a plan to keep Lakeway Christian out of the paint and the ball away from big post Ben Knight, but that just opened up shots on the perimeter. In addition to Harris’ three treys, the Lions got threes from Lucas Whitaker, Colston Kapnick, Ethan Brooks and Isaac Roark as they put up 26 points in the frame while holding Berean to just three.
Staples called off the dogs and sent in the reserves, but that was no help to the Eagles. With Cy Mincey leading the way, Lakeway Christian still put 25 fresh points on the board in the second period and led 51-17 at the break.
The game slowed in the second half as the Lions managed 16 points the rest of the way and they emptied their bench. With the postseason on the horizon, Staples was glad to get his backups some much-needed game experience.
“It’s starting to ramp up now,” Staples said. “We’re just trying to stay healthy. We’ve got an important week coming up in February. We’re at CAK and at Webb. We want to make sure we perform well in the latter part of the season and make a deep run afterwards.”
Mincey led Lakeway Christian with 15 points. Brody Lane and Kapnick scored nine apiece. Whitaker contributed eight points in the victory.
No Berean Christian player reached double digits. Cayden Bland led the Eagles with nine points.
Lakeway Christian is back in action Friday night in Powell when they take on First Baptist Academy at 7:30 p.m.