LAMOILLE — The LaMoille/Ohio Lions pushed out to a very tentative 6-0 early lead Tuesday night against Streator Woodland, but it was the visiting Warriors who ultimately left town with a 59-49 non-conference victory.
Woodland knotted the score at both 6-all and 8-all in the first quarter, before the visitors took a 13-8 lead after eight minutes.
A coast-to-coast layup by Jacob Tudor pulled the Lions to within 21-19 of Woodland exactly halfway through the second quarter.
But the Warriors connected on 7-12 second period free throws and out-scored the hosts, 13-4, over the second half of that frame to go up by 11 points, 34-23, at the half.
The Lions twice got to within four points of the Warriors in the third quarter, first at 38-34 on a Jacob Fitzgerald hoop, then again at 41-37 on a Fitzgerald three-pointer.
L/O (2-3) managed to shave only a single point off its halftime deficit, 47-37, after three periods.
Woodland’s lead varied between 10 and 17 points throughout the final eight minutes of play, as L/O’s bench scored the game’s last six points in a row.
Tudor scored a team-high 13 points for the Lions on 6-9 shooting from the field – all in the first half. Brandon Morris added seven points, being held to only 3-5 shots from the floor and a single free throw.
JD Hays’ 20 points paced Woodland (2-3), followed offensively by Sam Leskanich (12), Kolton Kimpling (9), and Kody Appel (9).
LaMoille/Ohio’s freshmen/sophomore squad fell, 52-35, in their game, despite some very even scoring by Alan Stamberger (10), Johnee Schulte (8), Jacob Fitzpatrick (8) and Clay Stuepfert (8).