"We played a pretty good first half, but our second half was one of the worst halves of basketball I've been a part of as a head coach for Le Mars," LCS boys' coach Dave Irwin. "We didn't play Le Mars basketball. We allowed them to control everything in the second half, and that's not how we play. We are the ones that control the game, and we are the ones that play hard."
The Bulldogs led 17-13 coming out of the first quarter and lengthened their lead going into halftime, 32-26.
Their momentum soured in the third quarter, when the Warriors scored 18 but held LCS to seven, making it 44-39, Sioux Center. The 'Dogs scored 14 points in the final stanza, but Sioux Center outscored them by eight to take the win.
"I didn't think our effort was very good, and I didn't think our attitude or approach was very good," Irwin said. "We hung our heads and we felt sorry for ourselves. I don't feel we competed the way we needed to."
Senior Parker Rolfes led LCS' scoring with 13 points and junior Jake Irwin added 12. Sophomore Tyler Borchers had eight rebounds and six blocks for the night.
This year, the LCS boys started with new group of players and a new approach to thier game, the Bulldogs' coach said.
"Certainly I knew there was going to be some regression. We played well early, and I knew there were going to be some games when everything didn't go right," Irwin said. "My biggest concern is how we responded to adversity, and I didn't think we responded very well."
And that, Irwin said, is an issue heading into Tuesday's road matchup with Bishop Heelan Catholic (2-2).
"We need to get back to believing in what we're trying to do, and we need to get back to believing in each other as teammates and just play how Le Mars plays."
The loss drops Le Mars' record to 4-2 overall.