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RAF LAKENHEATH — Kaiserslautern came to Lakenheath High School on a mission over the weekend. Both the boys and girls basketball teams swept two straight.

But the Lancers and the Lady Lancers competed much tighter against the European foe in the second match-up of the weekend doubleheader.

No one scored more than 10 points for the Lancers in a 44-31 loss Friday night.

On Saturday, strong post contributions from Kevin Mincey and Carl Snapp led to a game that saw the Lancers cut a 12-point Raider halftime lead to 6. What could have been a runaway win for K-town turned into a hotly contested ballgame into the final minutes. The Lancers lost 50-44.

The Raiders outscored the Lancers in every quarter but the fourth, when Lakenheath guards Keith Johnson and Myke Carter contributed to an 18-8 run.

Snapp finished with 12 points and Mincey dropped in 14. Nathan Wright paced the Raiders with 20 points, including 14 in the first half. K-town’s Antoine Carter added 12.

On the Lady Lancers side of the ball, coach Janis Ready got her team prepped for the post-season tournament with three games in as many days against the Lady Raiders and the American School in London.

“I told our girls this would be like playing Duke, Tennessee and Connecticut all in a row,” Ready said. “We knew how tough this would be coming in.”

The American School of London severely overmatched the Lady Lancers in a 50-26 win Thursday, and the team backed in to a 51-21 loss to the Lady Raiders on Friday night.

But the squad regrouped by Saturday and kept it competitive against the Lady Raiders, who were led both nights by Kamiko Williams. She tossed in 13 on Friday and topped it with 17 in Saturday’s early afternoon effort.

Lynndsey Hyter added 12 on Friday, while Bianca Gerena-Perez went for a dozen on Saturday.

Like the Lancers later in the day, the Lady Lancers gelled in the fourth quarter and outscored the Raiders 15-5. Greta Gerstner scored 11 and Anne Keenan added eight in the 46-36 loss.

As the Lakenheath teams struggle to put up wins against their Germany-based opponents, the players and coaches hope the teams are building momentum with close-fought loses to top opponents.

“That’s what we’re working for, to get ready for the tournament,” Ready said.

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