Seventh-grade girls perfect; eighth-grade almost
LMS seventh-graders cap 12-0 year with overtime thriller; eighth-graders lose late lead
The Lansing Middle School seventh-grade girls' basketball A team capped its 12-0 season with a 27-25 overtime victory over Clark Middle School on Saturday afternoon at LMS in the championship game of the LMS Tournament.
The Lions opened up a 9-6 lead at halftime but fell behind, 19-16, early in the fourth quarter and trailed until late in regulation. Allison Dillon's steal and two buckets gave LMS a 21-19 lead with 31 seconds left, but Clark's Sara Loeza drilled a three-pointer moments later and gave CMS a 22-21 lead.
Clark was in position to run out the clock but fired an errant shot in the waning seconds. Rachel Milnark grabbed the rebound near midcourt and was fouled with no time left on the clock. At the same time, Clark's coach was assessed a technical foul for arguing the call with the officials. Milnark nailed one of her free throws and forced overtime.
A lay-in by Milnark put Lansing up for good, 24-22, early in the overtime period, but a free throw by Lisa Angello and another bucket by Abbey Lozenski sealed the victory.
The LMS eighth-graders were no so fortunate in their title game as their dreams of a perfect season were dashed following a six-minute scoring drought in the second half of their 37-30 loss to Perry-Lecompton.
Lansing came out on fire as it raced to an 8-4 lead behind a 16-footer by Natalie Loreti and three-pointers by Loreti and Brittney Lang. Perry responded, however, and tied the game at 12-all early in the second quarter.The game remained deadlocked until the final 70 seconds of the half when a Lang jumper and a trey by Keasla Hundley gave Lansing a 21-16 advantage at intermission.
Brooke Didde nailed a three-pointer just 32 seconds into the third quarter that gave LMS an eight-point lead, but that's when the Lions went cold. They didn't score again in the quarter while Perry rallied and tied the game at 24-all.
Lang's layup with 5:11 left in the fourth quarter ended the dry spell and gave LMS a 26-24 lead, but the Kaws went on a 9-2 run and forged a 33-28 lead with less than a minute remaining. Mallory Barnhouse sank a pair of free throws that pulled the Lions within 33-30, but they didn't score again.
The Lions finished their season, 11-1.
For more on the seventh- and eighth-grade girls' basketball finales, see the Dec. 9 edition of The Current or check out our photo galleries from the games now at www.lansingcurrent.com.