El Dorado falls to Lake Hamilton to end hoops season

El Dorado concluded its basketball season on Thursday, falling twice to 5A South champion Lake Hamilton at Wildcat Arena. The Lady Wildcats dropped a 56-22 decision to fall to 7-20, 6-9. The Wildcats lost to the Wolves 81-51 and finished with a 6-17, 3-13 record.

In the girls’ game, turnovers proved costly early for El Dorado, which fell behind 18-2. The Lady Wildcats had eight turnovers in the first quarter and 13 at the half.

Lake Hamilton (22-7, 14-1) led 29-11 at the intermission.

“Early turnovers and then not taking advantage when we got open looks at the goal. We didn’t shoot enough shots, which is crazy for me to say because I feel like we get up a lot of shots every game,” said El Dorado coach Makara Frazier. 

“But despite that, we came out a lot better. Last week at halftime, we were down 30. I feel like although the turnovers hurt us, we did what we could on defense to not let it get out of hand.”

Sophomore guard Braylee Winfree scored 19 points for the Lady Wolves, who led 44-19 going into the fourth quarter. Brooklyn Braughton added 15.

Lake Hamilton ended the game on a 19-3 run.

“I feel like our fight tonight was so much better than last week and we finished giving everything we could possibly give,” Frazier said.

In the boys’ game, Lake Hamilton’s Ty Robinson scored his 2,000th point. He didn’t score them all against the Wildcats,it just seemed like it. The 6-foot-4 Florida Atlantic signee scored 21 of the Wolves’ first 23 points and finished with 38.

Lake Hamilton needed them as El Dorado hung tough early. The Wolves used an 11-3 run to stretch a 16-15 lead to 27-18 early in the second quarter. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 27-26 on a 3-pointer by J Prince Roberson with 5:02 left in the half.

The Wolves answered and built a 45-35 cushion at the intermission. 

Lake Hamilton used a 13-1 run in the third and began pulling away. The margin was 66-44 headed into the fourth.

“The first half we came and we hit them with our best shot.They’ve got a kid who’s one of the best in the state and probably one of the best in the country, who just refused to let them (lose),” said El Dorado coach Bobby Mullins.

“The kids played hard. I thought I’d finish the game with my seniors. That’s the last time they’ll ever suit up for us, send them out the best way I can. I wanted to send them out with a win but (Lake Hamilton’s) pretty good.”

Zane Pennington added 17 for the Wolves, who improved to 24-6, 13-3.

Isaiah Robinson scored 12 to lead the Wildcats while Donovan Mitchell added 10. Roberson and Will Obiozo each scored seven.

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