Lions crush Kaws
Boys fall again on road
The Lansing High girls' basketball team avoided its slow-start crux Tuesday night against Perry-Lecompton as the Lions drilled the Kaws, 67-41, at the Lansing Intermediate School gymnasium.
The Lions (7-6 overall, 5-2 Kaw Valley League) outscored Perry, 19-1, in the first quarter and never let the Kaws to pull closer than 14 the rest of the way.
The victory allowed LHS to match its win total of a year ago with seven regular-season games remaining.
"A win's a win," first-year coach Keith Andrews said. "This is No. 7. We'll work on No. 8 on Friday. Our goal is to win this one and win the next one, so that's what we're looking at."
Junior forward Amanda Radovich scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter, mostly on put-backs, while freshmen Amanda Darrow and Katie Nietzke, juniors Rachel Darrow and Nichole Twitchell and senior Emily Goodlin all chipped in points during the early balanced attack.
"I thought Radovich was really active in the first half," Andrews said. "She just went and took over. She and Emily were real active on the boards, and the team effort was good. When kids came in they were playing hard."
After missing its first 10 shots of the game, Perry made its first field goal at the 7:15 mark of the second quarter on a jump shot by Megan Blosser.
Once Blosser knocked down her shot, her teammates followed suit. The Kaws sank seven of 10 shots in the second quarter, but still trailed 40-19 at halftime because Lansing was too strong on the offensive glass. LHS scored 18 of its first-half points on offensive rebounds, most of them by Radovich and Goodlin. Rachel Darrow also drained two three-pointers in the second quarter and effectively broke out of her four-game shooting slump.
The outcome was never in question in the second half as Lansing coach Keith Andrews rested his starters most of the way and gave his young bench players experience.
Rachel Darrow joined Radovich as the lone Lions in double-figures as she sank three three-pointers and scored 13 points. Twitchell added eight, Nietzke and Goodlin scored six and sophomore Elizabeth Cristiano added five points and seven rebounds.
Casey Amerine led Perry with 14 points and Kristen Weatherford added eight.
The Lions next play at 6 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley. The Lions beat the Jaguars, 53-41, on Dec. 17 at LHS as senior Monique Richardson led the way with a season-high 14 points on six-for-seven shooting.
Perry 50, Lansing boys 46
PERRY - A slow start and a slow finish doomed the Lansing High boys Tuesday night as they dropped a 50-46 decision at Perry-Lecompton.
The Lions (5-8 overall, 2-5 Kaw Valley League) scored just five points in the first quarter, but trailed by only four at that point. A big second quarter by junior forward David Kern helped push LHS to a 19-15 halftime advantage, but that's when the wheels once again fell off.
Lansing was outscored 15-11 in the third quarter and 20-16 in the fourth quarter as the Kaws rallied and then hung on for the victory.
Kern led the Lions with a game-high 16 points while junior Jeff Slater chipped in 11.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley. The Jaguars beat the Lions, 51-45, on Dec. 17 at LHS after Lansing let an early lead slip away.