Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Lions bounce Bobcats

Wagner’s 19 points pace boys; late free throws help girls seal victory

December 13, 2005

Fifteen minutes after the game had ended, Lansing High boys basketball coach Don Allen still wasn't sure exactly what had happened.

His squad had dominated Basehor-Linwood all over the court for the first 13 minutes and took a double-digit lead, yet it ended up trailing for much of the second half before putting the game away at the free throw stripe in the final minutes.

Lansing 51, Basehor 44.

"I didn't think it was put away until Chris Wagner got the rebound with six seconds left," Allen said. "You've got to give Basehor credit. They just showed up and basically outplayed us for three quarters."

There was no denying that. LHS led 8-2 after the opening stanza by playing patient offensively and aggressive defensively. That lead grew to 12-2 when Jeff Slater sank a pair of free throws early in the second quarter. After that, however, everything changed. Basehor picked up the intensity and Lansing seemed to let up.

A free-throw by Wagner with 55 seconds left was the Lions' only point in the final 6 ½ minutes. Meanwhile, James Bishop bombed in a three-pointer for the Bobcats with 5:05 left in the quarter. Then he knocked down a 17-footer. A lay-in by Jacob Schierbaum and a trey by Tanner Swafford trimmed the Lions' 10-point lead to just 13-12 at halftime.

"We quit attacking," Allen said. "We quit doing things. We tightened up a little bit, and once Basehor got a little bit of momentum, we couldn't shake 'em."

Basehor carried momentum into the second half and surged to a 19-15 lead. Lansing junior Jeff Jackson converted on a three-point play, sparking an 8-0 run that put the Lions ahead 23-19.

The Bobcats answered again, and the squads traded leads until a flurry of steals by Wagner in the final minute of the third quarter led to five Lion points and a 31-27 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"We had to play defense. We had to get some stops. We had to get some rebounds," Allen said. "Obviously we weren't doing much for two-and-a-half quarters on offense, so you've got to give yourself a chance to win. If we were playing defense the way our offense was going, Basehor would've blown us out by 20 the way that they were shooting the ball when they had the opportunity."

Lansing (2-1 overall, 1-0 Kaw Valley League) pushed its lead to 41-31 on Cody Mohan's three-pointer with 5:15 left, but back-to-back treys by Bishop and Austin Knipp pulled Basehor within three. After a Slater free throw, Knipp knocked down a 16-footer and a free throw to make it a one-point game. David Kern boosted the LHS lead to 44-41 when he snaked through the lane for a lay-up, and the Lions pulled away from there.

Wagner led Lansing with a game-high 19 points. Slater scored 14, Mohan had eight, Matt Warner had four, Jackson added three and Kern chipped in three. Knipp led Basehor with 14 points.

Lansing next plays at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday against Bonner Springs in the fifth-place game of the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic. Then the Lions will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Mill Valley Jaguars in Kaw Valley League action at Mill Valley.

LANSING GIRLS 41, BASEHOR 38

For the second straight game the Lansing High girls basketball team used a stifling press to force turnovers and build a cozy halftime lead, only this time the lead wasn't big enough to keep the second half from becoming interesting.

Unlike Atchison on Saturday, Basehor-Linwood launched a massive second-half rally before LHS hung on for a 41-38 victory at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.

"They played real well the first half, and we needed to come out and be solid in the second half. We did for a minute, and then they got a little tougher and we got just a little gentle, and got a little timid and tentative," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "If we're up by 16 or so, we need to come out (in the third quarter) and deliver the knockout blow. We just couldn't quite do it."

Lansing (2-1, 1-0) tried to knock out Basehor in the first quarter as it raced to a 12-4 lead. LHS found multiple ways to score during the early minutes as Nichole Twitchel and Riann Deere scored on floaters, Katie Nietzke knocked down a short jumber, Amanda Radovich powered to the bucket underneath and Twitchell sank a pair of free throws.

The Lions held the Bobcats scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter and extended their lead to 24-6 on back-to-back jumpers by sisters Rachel Darrow and Amanda Darrow. At halftime the score was 26-11.

The teams traded baskets for the first four minutes of the third quarter before Basehor mounted its rally. A 9-2 run during the next four minutes saw Lansing's lead shrink to 33-25.

The Bobcats kept charging back, and they eventually pulled within 35-34 on Brooke Sanders' three-pointer with 3:32 remaining. That's when the Lions dug deep and distanced themselves again.

Radovich sank a pair of free throws with 2:54 left. Rachel Darrow scored on a baseline floater. Nietzke knocked down two shots from the line to push the lead to 41-35 with a little over a minute remaining to help seal the victory.

Andrews credited Amanda Darrow's defensive presence off the bench, Nietzke's poise in the final minutes and Elizabeth Cristiano's effort on defense and in the press break as being game-changing players Tuesday night.

Radovich led Lansing with a game-high 14 points and Twitchel added 12. Rachel Darrow scored five, Amanda Darrow and Nietzke had four apiece and Deere finished with two. Sanders and Cassie Lombardino led Basehor with 13 each.

Lansing next plays at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday against Savannah in the fifth-place game of the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic at Bonner Springs High School. Then the Lions will play at 6 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley in a return to Kaw Valley League action.

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