The Rebels (10-2) trailed the Cardinals by just two, at 10-8, after the first quarter, but the second quarter was a different story.
Lawndale (13-2) erupted offensively behind guard Jamond Essex (17 points) to outscore the Rebels 21-10 and take a comfortable 31-18 lead into the half.
“We gave up too many offensive rebounds and also missed some shots,” Ohara said. “They were blocking a lot of shots in the first half and that gets into your head a little bit.”
Trailing 39-22 late in the third, Rebels junior guard Aaron Fried canned a three-pointer from the right corner and went coast-to-coast for a layin on the next possession to cut the lead to 12.
Prep’s Kenyatta Smith knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to 39-29, as the Rebels ended the quarter on a 7-0 run.
In the fourth quarter, Smith struck again. This time the Prep big man powered in a layup while being fouled. He hit the free throw to pull Prep to within six points at 44-38.
But, after the Rebels misfired on a three-pointer that would have made it a three-point game, Lawndale pulled away.