8th- and 7th-graders to play for first, third at home tourney
The first time the Lansing Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team squared off with Perry, the game remained fairly close with LMS winning 44-34.
The rematch Monday at LMS never was in question.
Lansing 29, Perry 9.
The Lions surged to a 6-0 lead in the first minute as Lisa Angello, Rachel Milnark and Kari Kelly all scored. A pair of free throws by Milnark, a layup by Angello and two three-pointers by Katelyn Griffen gave them a 16-2 advantage after the first quarter.
LMS went on cruise control the rest of the way as it coasted to a 20-point victory. Milnark led all scorers with 10 points. Griffin finished with six, Kelly, Angello and Chelsea Weeks each had four and Lauren Jaqua added one.
With the victory, LMS landed a spot in the championship game of the Lansing Tournament at 12:45 p.m. Saturday against Lexington Trails. The Lions beat the Panthers 25-20 on Nov. 17 during a regular-season matchup.
LMS is shooting for its second straight championship at the Lansing Tournament. It won the seventh-grade title last year when it upended Clark 27-25 in overtime to cap an undefeated season. Lansing has lost just once this year - a 28-25 setback against Linwood on Nov. 3 - and has won its other nine games entering Saturday's season-finale.
Team members are Bianca Castello, Abbey Lozenski, Chelsea Weeks, Lauren Jaqua, Lisa Angello, Rachel Milnark, Kristen Gould, Katelyn Griffen, Elle Hauver, Kari Kelly, Krystenna McCrudden, Allison Dillon and Ariana Domke. They are coached by Keith Andrews and Tracy Andrews.
Seventh grade Perry 14, Lansing 13
When the clock showed one minute remaining in the Lansing seventh-grade girls' game against Perry, the crowd suddenly roared to life.
The Kaws held a 14-10 lead and the home crowd urged the Lions to rally. Parents, classmates and the eighth-grade girls' team all cheered as the seventh-graders turned up the intensity on defense.
LMS got the ball back and Sara Beck fired a three-pointer that fell just short. Teammate Katie Delich was there for the put-back, though, and Lansing pulled within 14-12. A steal by Sarra Garvey gave the Lions new life. After a few missed shots, Allison Ewing caught a pass inside and was fouled. She sank a free throw to make the score 14-13.
Delich led Lansing with seven points. Ewing scored four and Cheyenne Rettele added two. Other team members were Beck, Garvey, Celeste Brinkley, Kari Filbert, Kylie Filbert, Katie Jensen, Casey Roberts, Sara Slater and Alyssa Cole. They are coached by Terry Cornett and Nick Runnebaum.
The Lions (6-4) will close out their season at 9 a.m. Saturday against Clark the third-place game.