CLEARWATER — East Lake traveled a few miles down McMullen Booth Road and shot the Countryside High gym's lights out.
The Eagles (5-2, 3-1) buried 10 3-pointers while cruising to a 63-29 win over their Class 7A District 9 foes. The victory helps East Lake keep pace with district front-runner Seminole as schools head into Winter Break.
It didn't take long for East Lake to set the tone Tuesday night, opening the game with back-to-back treys and racing out to a 13-0 lead. Countryside didn't get on the board until Jhakheem Smith hit a 3-ball with 2:48 left in the first quarter.
Trevor Godfrey (game-high 18 points) and Trevor Schnell (15 points) led East Lake's sharpshooting effort, hitting four and three, respectively.
Forward Jordan Leston turned in the game's lone double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Godfrey, Leston and Schnell needed less than three quarters to do all their damage. A running clock began midway through the third period once East Lake's lead hit 35 points.
As the young, rebuilding Cougars struggled to keep track of Eagles shooters on the perimeter on one end, Countryside found breaking East Lake's trapping half-court press equally distressing.
The visitors' pressure forced 23 Cougars turnovers and a number of transition buckets.
East Lake is done with local ball until January. They will play in the Lake Mary Prep Rock Holiday Classic from Friday to Monday.
EL - 21 – 20 – 17 – 5 --- 63
CS - 5 – 10 – 6 – 8 --- 29
Trevor Godfrey – 20 points (4 3-pointers), 4 rebounds
Jordan Leston – 14 points, 11 rebounds
Trevor Schnell – 15 points (3 3-pointers)
Jhakheem Smith – 7 points, 3 rebounds
Jay Dixon – 6 points, 2 rebounds
Donald Wassoff – 6 points, 3 rebounds