After pulling out a 57-45 win over Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln East coach Jeff Campbell said his team’s attitude in the locker room was a reflection of how the night went.
“I think the kids’ reaction in the locker room was the best, in that they weren’t satisfied in just winning the game, but understanding that we can play better basketball and that we’re going to come out tomorrow and hopefully show that,” Campbell said.
No. 1 East notched its 12th win of the year and preserved its perfect record with the win Friday, but it was far from an easy game.
“They were playing harder than we were early in the game,” Campbell said. “They were making plays and getting deflections. Some of our passes were some lazy passes. Our guys kind of sharpened up there in the second quarter to make a run at the end.”
Southeast led 22-15 in the second quarter before East went on a run to create a 14-point swing before halftime. Part of the run was a three-pointer followed by a steal and layup by Connor Riekenberg, which cut the Knights’ lead to two.
Campbell said Riekenberg’s spark was important with Sam Griesel and Jordan Stoehr on the bench at the time. When Griesel checked back in, he hit a pair of free throws to tie the game and had a dunk in transition to give East the lead.
Riekenberg finished with 13 points, 10 of which came in the second quarter. Griesel scored a game-high 25 points.
Southeast managed to hang around in the second half before the Spartans hit 6-of-7 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game away.
“They showed some resiliency,” Campbell said of his team. “It wasn’t our best basketball tonight.”
Michael Anderson scored 16 points and Devin Trumbley added eight for Southeast (2-11).
Lincoln East girls 64, Lincoln Southeast 22
East trailed 7-6 after the first quarter before seizing control. The Spartans outscored Southeast 26-2 in the fourth quarter.
Rachel Weber scored a game-high 18 points while Charley Bovaird added 13 points as East moved to 9-3 on the year.
Southeast (6-7) got 15 points from Cassie Nash.