RUSSELL, Pa. – The Eisenhower-Sheffield Warren County rivalry lived up to the hype.
Wyatt Lookenhouse scored 19 points as Eisenhower held off Sheffield, 59-56 in the Knights’ home-opener.
Sheffield’s Lucas McNeal had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer, but it bounced off the back of the rim.
The teams and coaches are very familiar with one another, as first-year Eisenhower head coach Ryan Mangini served as an assistant under now second-year head coach Jordan Copley at Sheffield last season.
Sheffield twice cut the lead to one in the final minute, but Eisenhower’s Takhari Warren and Kael Hunt went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to help the Knights preserve the lead and get the win.
Eisenhower (2-1) extended the lead to 10 in the second quarter and nine in the third quarter, but each time Sheffield (1-2) battled back.
Lookenhouse talked about the win afterward:
Tony Richards had a big game for Sheffield, scoring a game-high 22 points, while Connor Finch had 15 and McNeal 11.
Curt Darling finished with 15 points for Eisenhower and Kyler Black 11. Hunt finished with eight points and Kris Bunk two for EHS.
Caden Copley added eight points for Sheffield.
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