Christensen Tallies 20 Points in Hawks Loss to Westside


LSW Hoops lost to Omaha Westside 67-59 on Saturday, Feb. 8 despite senior forward Brayton Christensen scoring 20 points in the game for the Silver Hawks. Southwest’s next match up will be with Lincoln East on Friday, Feb. 14 at Lincoln East High School.

Tyler Boyle, Writer/Broadcaster/Photographer

The Lincoln Southwest boys varsity basketball team fell to the Omaha Westside Warriors at Omaha Westside High School 67-59 on Saturday, Feb. 8, despite senior forward Brayton Christensen’s 20 point outing.
“I just came out with a lot of confidence,” said Chrsitensen. “I think that [Christensen’s confidence] led to me being aggressive and taking advantage of good situations.”

This is not the first time the 6’ 5” senior has stepped up big for the Silver Hawks. He also had 22 points in a win against Aurora for LSW on Dec. 14 and 20 points in a loss against Kearney in the Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC) tournament on Dec. 31.

“I think I have my best games when I am aggressive and take advantage of the opportunities the offense and my teammate put me in,” said Christensen. “At the end of the day, I just need to be confident in myself.”

However, the game did result in another loss for the Southwest. This can be mainly contributed to a hole the Hawks dug themselves too early as LSW trailed the Warriors after the first quarter 24-11.

“Getting down early really hurt us,” said Christensen. “I think it was good though we showed fight and made it a good game.”

The Hawks did make an effort to get back in the game with strong defense in the second and third quarters and an explosive offense that scored 23 points in the fourth quarter. Although, the Hawks came up 8 points too short.

“Us coming back [in the Westside game] shows that we are getting better.” said Christensen. “In the last four games we have improved a lot and I think we are going to keep getting better every day.”

The next outing for LSW Hoops will be a cross town match up with the Lincoln East Spartans on Friday, Feb. 14 at Lincoln East High School. The Spartans are coming off a 67-40 loss against Papillion-LaVista High School.