Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

LHS girls stick to KVL title formula

December 15, 2005

Speaking two weeks ago about the Lansing High girls basketball team's expectations this season, senior forward Amanda Radovich didn't hesitate to mention a Kaw Valley League title could be within reach.

No, Radovich wasn't kidding. She was dead serious, and Tuesday night the Lions took the first step toward backing up her claim as they held off Basehor-Linwood, 41-38, at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.

"I told you at the beginning of the season (we had to beat) Basehor, Bonner and Tongie. There's Basehor," Radovich said, reiterating the teams she thought would be Lansing's top opponents for the league crown. "We've still got Bonner and Tongie. I think we can make a shot at it. I think a lot of people aren't expecting us, and here we come."

Lansing (2-1 overall, 1-0 KVL) next plays Mill Valley at 6 p.m. Friday at MVHS in its second league contest of the year. Mill Valley (1-1, 0-1) lost to Bonner Springs, 32-30, on Tuesday night.

The teams met twice last year and Lansing won both. The first was a 53-41 victory at LHS. The second was a much closer game throughout before Lansing prevailed, 59-51.

Friday's game could be equally tough, especially given the way Mill Valley fared against Bonner on Tuesday.

If the Lions hope to beat the Jaguars, they will have to do the little things right such as playing smart defense, maintaining possession and knocking down open shots. They have improved in all of those areas each game. They have struggled at the free throw line, however, and are shooting just 60 percent (30-for-50) from the stripe this season.

"Free throws are going to be huge," Radovich said. "If we want to shoot for that Kaw Valley title, we're going to have to hit our free throws."

A victory over the Jaguars would send the Lions into winter break with a 2-0 league mark for the second year in a row. Andrews said that would be important for helping the squad stay upbeat while practicing during the two-week break.

"We've got six or eight practices coming up," he said. "You want to go in with a win, not a loss. You don't want to go in with a bad taste in your mouth. If we can be 2-0 in the league, that's all the better."

Through three games, Radovich leads the Lions with 14.7 points per game. Rachel Darrow is averaging 11.3 points, and Amanda Darrow and Nichole Twitchel are averaging six points apiece.

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