A strong second half wasn’t enough for Lander to overcome Lake Travis at home Friday night.
The Lions outscored the Cavaliers in the second half and cut the lead to as little as three points, but a late run by Lake Travis gave the Cavaliers a 49-45 win, handing Leander its second straight loss and bring their District 25-6A record to 2-2.
“I knew they were going to be physical and we needed to match that,” Leander head coach Clint Bradley said. “I told the guys that we have to match that effort and we did for the most part. Sometimes the bigger gets the basketball and they did.”
Hunter Stevens led the scoring for Leander with 15 points. Landon Sisson added 12 points — including a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers — Dalton Flowers scored eight points and Logan Clark finished with seven points in the game.
“I felt like our defense just got them out of rhythm,” Bradley said. “They like to be up-tempo. We felt like this type of defense would give them trouble and it did. Unfortunately, we had some spurts where we were out of rhythm as well.”
Lake Travis his a couple 3-pointers early in the first quarter to open up a 14-5 lead. Stevens was the only Leander player to score a field goal with four points in the period.
The Cavaliers had the size advantage under the basket, but the Lions fed Flowers and Clark in the post. The duo combined for 11 points in the quarter and Leander cut the lead to 24-18 at the break.
Lake Travis went on a 7-3 run to start the second half, but Leander responded with six straight points of its own. The Lions continued to claw their way back into the game when Stevens went 1-2 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and Kyce Wilson got a tough rebound to make it 39-36 with just under four minutes to play.
“We started getting a few more consistent stops and got better rebounds,” Bradley said. “We executed better offensively. Our mindset is to take high percentage shots”
Junior guard Garrett Wilson scored 10 of his 19 points for Lake Travis in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers hold off the persistent Lions.
Leander takes on Westlake on the road next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Lehman in the final game of the first round of district play next Friday night.
“We’re going to respond,” Bradley said. “We’re going to go back to work tomorrow and get ready for Westlake.”