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Lions Latest: Boys Basketball Continues to Impress

A recap of the Lacey Lions week in sports

Boys Basketball: The Lions, led by senior center Tyrell Smith and point guard Tasheen Carrow among others, have been putting on a show throughout the gyms of the Shore Conference. Lacey sits with a record of 17-1, including a B-South clinching record of 10-0 in divisional play. The strong play has earned the Lions the top seed in the South Jersey Group III state playoffs, pairing them with the 16th seeded Timber Creek Chargers.

With just one loss, the Lions are competing with Colts Neck for a shot at the top seed in the Shore Conference Tournament, as well. In a tight defensive battle, Lacey used a 15 point fourth quarter to defeat Barngeat 33-24 on Wednesday. Carrow had 13 points.

Girls Basketball: The Lady Lions currently sit at 13-5, which should lead to a good seeding in both the Shore Conference and SJIII tournaments. Lately, the girls are riding a three game winning streak defeating Pinelands Regional, Toms River South, and Barnegat.

Overtime was needed to settle the score between Lacey and Toms River South, where the Lions outscored the Indians 9-3 in the extended four minutes. Jennifer Coleman scored 19 points and Jenna Fleck added 14 for the Lions in the win.

After both boys and girls teams take on the Ocean Township Spartans on Friday, regular season play will be complete.

Wrestling: After bowing out in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament to Raritan last week, the Lions advanced to the South Jersey Group III semi-finals. In their quarterfinal matchup with Senaca, the Lions won 38-28, in dramatic fashion. 

Heading into the final three bouts, the Lions trailed 28-23. At 195 pound weight class, as Pat Schinder won his match 10-3 over Oliver Palumbo to get the Lions within two points. In the next two bouts Lacey showed incredible strength at the bottom of their lineup with Lex Knapp and Jake Fernandez. Knapp pinned Adam Simpkins 50 seconds into his match and in the heavyweight final leading by four with a berth in the semi-finals on the line, Fernandez pinned Tim Will in just 38 seconds. 

In the semi's Lacey fell 44-25 to Toms River South.

Swimming: Both of the boys and girls swim teams of Lacey qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament this season. Out of the 30 teams competing, the boys finished 18th and the girls finished 13th. 

Leeana Cass finshed third in the 200 yard individual medley race as well as the 100 yard backstroke. Cass along with Helena Franz, Rachel McElvaney and Brianna Burke teamed up to finish tenth in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Rob Norton, Ben Smith, Austin Perrone, and Derrick Zazenkowski would finish 23rd in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

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