Braves rebound for first hoop win of season


December 7, 2022

The La Conner High School boys' basketball team broke into the win column Saturday with an 84-15 non-league home romp over Cedar Park Christian of Bothell, a multi-campus school with an enrollment topping 1,000 students.

Isaiah Price scored a game-high 26 points and Ivory Damien added 24 to lead the victors, whose suffocating full-court pressure defense forced 21 steals enroute to a wire-to-wire triumph.

The Braves shot 38 of 80 from the field – 34 of 58 inside the three-point line, mostly layups and putbacks – and cleared the glass for 47 rebounds, with Logan Burks and Corran Eisen grabbing nine caroms each.

Eisen finished with eight points. He was the most effective long-distance scorer, draining two of four perimeter treys.

Christian Fix, Cole Medeiros, Isa Gonzalez-Rojas, Tyler Cicotte, Brayden Pedroza and Burks also landed in the scoring column.

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La Conner broke to an 11-0 first period lead, converting Lion turnovers and shaky shot selection into easy transition buckets.

Cedar Park did not get on the scoreboard until nearly six minutes into the game, courtesy of a pair of free throws as La Conner's tight man-to-man pressure drew eight whistles in the opening frame.

Head coach C.J. Woods called off the press late in the second period, by which time the Braves had built a comfortable double-digit advantage.

Points were harder to come by in the home opener Dec. 1 with Sedro-Woolley and at Oak Harbor Dec. 2.

Sedro-Woolley's height and length limited the Braves open looks and choked their passing lanes.

The team managed just 29% shooting in the 67-37 setback to the Cubs. The Braves were only three-of-21 beyond the trey arc with Price, Eisen and Burks hitting one three-pointer apiece.

Price's 11 points made him the lone La Conner scorer in double figures.

It was a similar script at Oak Harbor, where the Wildcats posted a convincing 73-44 win.

La Conner resumed non-conference action last night at home opposite 1A Meridian. They rounded out the week against Sea-Tac 2B/1B opponents.

La Conner visits Auburn Adventist tomorrow, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and travels to Rainier Christian for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff on Friday.


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