Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

LHS basketball starts today

December 9, 2004

Going to the Lansing High boys' and girls' basketball season-openers this afternoon at the Bonner Springs Tournament? Here's all the scoop you need to know on the games.

GIRLS:

The LHS girls open against Lawrence Free State at 3 p.m. at Bonner Springs High School, 100 N. McDanield. The Lions posted a 7-14 record last year but eight of those 14 losses were by narrow margins.

First-year coach Keith Andrews has his squad in better shape than most recent LHS teams, and the girls have conveyed the attitude that they're hungry and ready to win. They'll get their first shot against Free State. The Firebirds lost most of their starters from last year's 8-12 team to graduation and were waxed in their season-opener, 74-36, by Washburn Rural (ranked No. 2 in Class 6A). They are led by senior forward Jamie Stanclift, an All-Sunflower League selection last year. Free State also has a pair of talented sophomores that could give the Lions trouble.

Free State will try to push the tempo, but its ball-handling skills are questionable. Meanwhile, Lansing returns five seniors and a slew of underclassmen who all are capable of contributing at the varsity level.

BOYS:

The LHS boys open against Harrisonville (Mo.) High School at 4:45 p.m. in the first round of the Bonner Springs Tournament. The game will be played at the YMCA, 410B N. Bluegrass.

Harrisonville posted a 6-18 record last year but has one of the most talented big men in the state in 6-foot-7 senior Drew Gray. Gray averaged 20 points and 11 boards per game as a junior and was an all-league selection. Senior guard Reuben Hartzler is the Wildcats' only other double-digit scorer returning after averaging 11 points per game last year. Tyson Travis (nine points, six boards) and Derek Ayler (nine points, four boards) also could give the Lions trouble if they don't play good defense.

Lansing all-league junior forward Jeff Slater will draw the task of guarding Gray. That pairing could determine the outcome of the game if either player gets hot. David Kern, Matt Warner, Chris Wagner and Cody Mohan's contributions will be critical for Lansing today. Also, look for junior forward Ryan Robbins (6-foot-5) to come off the bench and spend some time guarding Gray.

FRIDAY'S GAMES:

Both the boys and girls will play again Saturday at the Bonner Springs Tournament. The girls will play at 3 p.m. against Harrisonville or Topeka Seaman in either the winner's or loser's bracket. The boys will play a 4:45 p.m. contest against either Hogan Prep or Topeka Seaman in either the winner's or loser's bracket.

Be sure to check out lansingcurrent.com throughout the weekend for the latest basketball updates and results.

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