LHS girls take down Mill Valley
Boys fall in nightcap
Shawnee The Lansing High girls' basketball team kept its hopes of a Kaw Valley League championship alive Friday night as it hung on to defeat Mill Valley, 59-51, at the Mill Valley gymnasium.
The Lions (8-6 overall, 6-2 KVL) won their third straight game and took sole possession of second place in the league. The Lions are two games behind Tonganoxie, which is undefeated in the KVL.
"We're trying to hang around and knock somebody off, and we can kind of sneak up a little more," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "We've got Tongie and Bishop Ward and Santa Fe Trail coming up, so we'll try to hold our own and hope somebody else gets knocked off."
Lansing started slow in the first quarter as junior forward Amanda Radovich, the Lions' leading scorer, was held without a shot in the quarter. Two baskets by senior Kendra Sickinger helped LHS stay in striking distance as Mill Valley (2-11, 0-8) sank eight of its first 12 shots and opened an 18-12 lead after the first quarter.
"They were very strong, very active," Andrews said. "Give them credit. They played without their post girl. They worked awful hard and gave us a good scare. Their other kids, their role players, took some big shots and knocked them down."
Junior Nichole Twitchell provided a spark off the bench in the second quarter and chipped in four points. Radovich also began asserting herself offensively and Lansing eventually nudged ahead for a 26-25 halftime lead.
LHS used a 10-4 run early in the third quarter to create some breathing room. Radovich pumped in eight points in the quarter and Rachel Darrow, Emily Goodlin, Katie Nietzke and Twitchell all chipped in points.
"We wanted to go inside in that third quarter and Amanda and Emily really responded," Andrews said.
The lead may have grown, but it wasn't safe yet.
Mill Valley mounted a final push in the fourth quarter as it pulled within 43-41 with 7:04 left. The Jaguars pulled as close as three on three other occasions but never overtook the Lions' advantage. Lansing made five of eight free throws in the final four minutes to keep Mill Valley at bay.
Radovich led Lansing with a game-high 18 points. Twitchell scored 11 and Darrow added 10 in the victory. Goodlin and Monique Richardson chipped in six apiece.
Besides the leading scorers, Andrews praised the contributions of Amanda Darrow, Riann Deere and Nietzke off the bench.
Megan Neimann led Mill Valley with 14 points, Kendra Corley scored 11 and Cat White added 10.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Immaculata.
Mill Valley 59, Lansing boys 43
The first time the Lansing and Mill Valley boys met this season, LHS raced to a 15-6 lead before dropping a 51-45 decision at home.
The rematch was plenty different. Mill Valley junior Jack Johnson bombed in seven three-pointers as part of his game-high 26-point effort as the Jaguars cruised to a 59-43 victory Friday night at the Mill Valley gymnasium.
"We didn't have an answer for him," LHS coach Don Allen said of Johnson's performance. "The kid just started bombing and wouldn't quit. We thought by halftime maybe he'd slow down a little bit, and he did, but that's just because he quit shooting as much."
Chris Wagner scored Lansing's first eight points of the game, at which point the game was tied 8-8, but junior Jeff Slater picked up two early fouls that slowed the Lions' offense. Then Johnson drained all three of his three-point tries in the first quarter as the Jaguars (10-4, 6-2) surged to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter.
LHS plucked back into the game on a lay-in by Slater and two buckets by David Kern. Mill Valley endured a five-minute scoring drought to start the quarter as Lansing pulled within 21-16. The Lions failed to pull closer, however, as they turned the ball over on three straight possessions. As the same time, Johnson sank two more three-pointers and pushed the Jaguars' lead to 28-18 at halftime.
Mill Valley senior David Woods opened the third quarter with a three-pointer, but Lansing began to climb back again. Five points from Slater and two more by Kern brought the Lions to within 33-25, but another Johnson three-pointer, followed by a Lansing turnover and a layup by Brandon White bumped the Jaguars' lead back to 13 points. Lansing never threatened again.
Slater led LHS with 13 points and Kern and Matt Warner added 10 apiece. Wagner finished with eight and Jeff Jackson added two.
The Lions next play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to Immaculata at the Lansing Intermediate School.