Archive for Sunday, December 11, 2005

Lions dominate day 2 at Bonner Tourney

Boys, girls pick up first victories in blowouts

December 11, 2005

— The Lansing High boys basketball team was understandably confident after taking Missouri power Hogan Prep to the wire Friday afternoon during a season-opening loss.

The Lions rode the first-game momentum into their second outing Saturday at the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic and routed the Harrisonville Wildcats in the consolation semifinals, 74-55.

LHS will play Bonner Springs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for fifth place. Before then, it will play host to Basehor-Linwood at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kaw Valley League opener.

From the opening tip, Lansing had a clear strategy: press and trap Harrisonville to force turnovers. The strategy worked to perfection as it raced to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter and eventually took a 38-24 lead into halftime.

The Wildcats to coughed up the ball 18 times in the first half compared to just three for the Lions. Meanwhile, senior Chris Wagner was on fire from the field as he poured in 17 points before intermission.

The second half was more of the same. The Lions rotated numerous players onto the court. No matter if it was the starting five of Wagner, Cody Mohan, David Kern, Jeff Slater and Matt Warner or key reserves Austin Reynolds, Javen Kelly, Jeff Jackson or Kyle Miller, every combination of players executed the press successfully and gave Harrisonville fits. The LHS lead grew to 53-33 by the end of the third quarter thanks to a fade-away put-back by Reynolds and a deep three-pointer by Warner at the buzzer.

Although Lansing (1-1) had full control of the game after three quarters, Harrisonville opted to begin fouling very early - as in 5:19 left in the game early - to stop the clock and force LHS to take care of business at the free throw line. No problem. The Lions sank 17 of 25 shots from the stripe in the final quarter to seal the victory.

Wagner led all scorers with 22 points, while Slater and Jackson added 14 apiece. Kern scored eight, Warner had seven, Mohan added five and Reynolds and Miller chipped in two apiece.

LANSING GIRLS 68, ATCHISON 29

Keith Andrews felt pretty good about his squad's chances entering its Saturday evening contest with Atchison during the consolation semifinals of the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic.

Andrews, the second-year Lansing High girls basketball coach, based little of his optimism on the fact that the Lions were paired against a Redmen. Instead, he sensed his players were fired up to prove that their lopsided loss to Topeka Seaman Vikings one day earlier was a fluke.

Sure enough, Lansing proved its point as it routed Atchison, 68-29. The victory set up an 8:15 p.m. Wednesday showdown with Savannah in the fifth-place game.

Lansing (1-1) erupted to an 11-2 lead in the first two minutes as Amanda Radovich poured in five early points and Rachel Darrow knocked down a three-pointer. Atchison answered with a three-point spurt before LHS closed the first quarter on a 16-4 run. Darrow singlehandedly outscored Atchison 12-9 in the first eight minutes.

After that, the rest of the game was a mere formality. Radovich, Darrow and Christine Cordes scored four points apiece in the second quarter and the lead grew to 41-18 by halftime.

Radovich and Darrow combined to score Lansing's first 10 points of the third quarter before giving way to the reserves. The Lions led 59-26 after three quarters and outscored the Redmen 9-3 in the fourth quarter.

Rachel Darrow led all scorers with 18 points, Radovich added 17 and sophomore Amanda Darrow chipped in 12. Cordes finished with seven points, Nichole Twitchel had five, Katie Nietzke added four, Morgan Chiles had three and Elizabeth Cristiano added two.

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