For the first time since the rivalry’s inception, the Paddle will not switch schools, as Lakeside held on to beat Doyline, 61-52.
The Warriors played just well enough to fend off a surging Panther team in the fourth quarter.
Lakeside got a fantastic final quarter from Jalen Gould, who finished with 15 points to lead the way.
It was a performance that pleased his father and long-time Lakeside head coach, Jason Gould.
“I thought the game basically came down to free throws,” Gould said. “The fourth quarter free throws really separated us. I thought it was a good game and it’s nice to keep the Paddle for one more year.”
The Warriors hit 12 out of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter, whereas Doyline hit just 6 of 14.
Jalen Gould led the Warriors with 15 points, Djimon Lard had 14 points, Monte Willis had 10 points and Chase Mitchell had seven points.
Lady Warriors vs. Lady Panthers
The Lakeside Lady Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back against the Doyline Lady Panthers, on their way to a 43-17 victory on opening night.
Lady Warrior head coach Tavasha Anderson was pleased with her team’s performance in a rivalry game.
“It was a really good start to the season,” Anderson said. “The girls are young and have a lot of maturing to do on the court. I look forward to watching them mature throughout the rest of the season.”
Chelsea Mays led the Lady Warriors with 10 points, Kelly Willis had seven points and Jamaya Jackson, Jamiya Winzer and Allison Lofton all added six points.