LHS girls pick up first win; boys fall to Savannah
Bonner Springs For 16 minutes there was nothing pretty about the Lansing High girls' basketball team's game against Atchison on Saturday.
The last 16, however, gave the Lions plenty to smile about as they put together a solid second half and trampled Atchison, 60-39, for their first victory of the season at the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Tip-off.
"I thought we rebounded real well the whole tournament, which was good," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "We did well again tonight. We still need to work on our press, on the second pass, the third pass of the press, and we're still a little nonchalant on some of the passes. We've got to get through that, but all in all, a win's a win. We're glad to get one."
Lansing (1-2) never wasn't in control of the game. Even so, the Lions spent most of the first half making errant passes and lacking intensity on defense - two things that drew the ire of first-year coach Keith Andrews.
"We kind of started off slow," Andrews said, "but in the second half we perked up a little bit and played a little better. We moved up and down the court pretty well, and we did a good job getting the ball inside."
LHS raced to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter after five points from junior Amanda Radovich, a layup by senior Emily Goodlin and a free throw by junior Nichole Twitchell. A series of turnovers allowed Atchison to climb back into the game, however.
Andrews was forced to call a timeout 2:55 before halftime with his squad leading just 23-18, and the ear-chewing he unleashed clearly fired the Lions up. They pressed their lead to 28-21 at halftime and then went on a 20-6 run that blew the game wide open.
Lansing didn't let up in the fourth quarter, either as they led by as many as 22 points.
For the second straight day the Lions received a strong outing by Radovich. The 5-foot-11 junior followed up Friday's 20-point effort with a 13-point, 13-rebound effort. Goodlin had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Rachel Darrow added 12 points in the victory.
Lacee Gassman and Amy Housh led Atchison with eight points apiece.
Lansing opens Kaw Valley League play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Basehor-Linwood.
Savannah 44, Lansing boys 33
This time out the Lansing High boys' basketball team avoided being knocked out by an early cold-shooting spell when the Lions played Savannah on Saturday at the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Tip-off.
The poor shooting returned late, however, and a scoreless fourth quarter doomed the Lions to a 44-33 loss in the tournament's third-place game.
"You've gotta give a lot of credit to Savannah," LHS coach Don Allen said. "Down the stretch in the second half they just looked like they were playing harder than we were. I hope that's not necessarily the case. I hope it was because it was more of us being tired, but they kept playing hard. They were about a step ahead of us on everything in the second half. That was one of our concerns coming down here, as thin as we are. Three games in three days - it's going to take its toll, even on these guys. I think our legs were pretty heavy."
After going 0-11 from the field and being held to just one point in the first quarter of Friday night's loss to Topeka Seaman, Lansing opened Saturday's contest on a tear. They drilled five of their first seven shots and built an 11-8 lead. Savannah also sizzled early, though, and forged a 12-11 lead after the first quarter.
Lansing's hot touch continued in the second quarter as it unleashed a 10-0 run and led 21-12 with 3:58 left before halftime. Just as it seemed the Lions might put the game out of reach, Savannah rallied with a 7-0 run to close the half and LHS led just 24-21 at intermission.
"We wanted to mix it up a little bit early in the first half and give them another look defensively," Allen said. "We got some accomplished, but I think we relaxed a little bit there in the second quarter and they did the same thing they did the entire ball game. They just kept coming. It would've been nice to go into the locker room with a 10-point lead at the half, but we didn't get that opportunity."
"They came down and made some big plays there down the stretch. We kind of relaxed a little bit defensively and they just took it right at us."
Savannah took a 28-27 lead at the 5:21 mark of the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Kyle Hummer. The Savages never trailed again. Strong play by Lansing's David Kern kept the Lions close, but after his layup with 58 seconds left in the third quarter, LHS never scored again.
The Lions were 0-6 from the field in the fourth quarter as they dropped their second straight and fell to 1-2 on the season.
Kern led all scorers with 16 points on seven-for-seven shooting. Junior Jeff Slater was the Lions' second-leading scorer with just five points. Cody Mohan and Matt Warner added four apiece. Lansing made just 14 of 40 shots.
Jake Bryan led the Savages with 13 points and Cooper Portman added eight.
Lansing next plays Tuesday when it opens Kaw Valley League play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Basehor-Linwood.