Lions fall to IMAC in 2OT
Girls lose in OT too
Lansing High's boys' basketball players knew they had to play a perfect game to hang with - and possibly beat - rival Immaculata on Tuesday night.
The Lions (5-10 overall, 2-7 Kaw Valley League) played darn near perfect, but it wasn't quite enough as they dropped a 46-44 decision to the IMAC in double-overtime at the Lansing Intermediate School. The loss was Lansing's fourth straight.
"I don't know if it's just because it was IMAC, but we played the best team that we've played all season," junior David Kern said. "I think we had to, after all the hype they had after only losing to Atchison by a little. I think we just felt like we had to play our best game of the year. I guess we did."
If there's any solace for LHS in the heartbreaking loss, it's that the Lions without question played their best game of the season. After struggling to play as a team and conquer selfishness, they finally clicked for a full game and then some.
The Lions put their individual pride aside and played patient, disciplined, team-oriented offense for 40 minutes.
IMAC all-state forward Danny McEvoy asserted himself from the opening tip as he sank a pair of free throws and nailed a turnaround jumper on the baseline in the first 72 seconds. LHS wasn't rattled, however, as it answered with a lay-in by Chris Wagner and a three-pointer from Matt Warner. The Raiders eventually surged ahead 14-9, but Wagner sank a pair of free throws and then drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer that tied the game at 14-all after one quarter.
The Lions showed plenty of poise defensively as well. From the 50-second mark of the first quarter to the 2:34 mark of the second quarter IMAC was held without a field goal. The Raiders' lone points during that span came on three free throws as Lansing surged ahead 22-17. The Lions' 13-3 run was capped by driving lay-in by Jeff Jackson. IMAC made two field goals in the quarter as Lansing took a 26-21 lead into halftime.
Immaculata (13-1) opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run as McEvoy scored twice and Barfrett Kaufman added a lay-in. Wagner then sank a three that put LHS back on top and Jeff Slater added two free throws. The Raiders closed the quarter on a 9-2 run, though, and took a 36-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
Neither team scored in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter until David Kern's layup pulled the Lions within one. McEvoy then hit a jumper, but Slater answered with a three-point play that tied the game at 38-all. Kaufman hit one of two free throws with 1:05 left that gave IMAC a one-point lead. McEvoy had a chance to extend the lead but clanked both free throws. Then Kern hit one of two free throws with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
IMAC opened overtime with a quick basket by McEvoy, but Lansing answered with 1:15 left when Wagner found Slater open under the basket for a lay-in. After two more missed free throws by McEvoy, LHS had a chance to win but Warner's three-point try at the buzzer bounced off.
The Raiders took another quick lead in the second overtime on another basket by McEvoy, but a free throw from Slater and a layup by Wagner gave the Lions a 44-43 lead with 2:25 left. McEvoy sank a jumper 20 seconds later and Tim Supplee added a late free throw for IMAC that pushed the lead to 46-44 with 12 seconds remaining.
Lansing had one last chance to tie or go for the win, but Immaculata's Chase Day stripped Cody Mohan and ran out the clock.
McEvoy led all scorers with 26 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Wagner and Slater led the Lions with 14 points apiece. Warner added seven points, Kern had five and Mohan and Jackson both had two in the loss.
The Lions next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they play host to Tonganoxie. LHS already beat the Chieftains twice this season at THS.
Kern said Friday's game would be a good chance to see how much the Lions learned about themselves Tuesday and to see if they could put another solid game together.
"I hope this continues," Kern said. "If we can play like that every game we should be able to win from here on out. We've got Tonganoixie on Friday and we know how tough that's going to be. If we play against Tongie like we played tonight, we should be able to beat them. If we play like we did tonight we shouldn't have anything to worry about."
Immaculata 67, Lansing girls 57, OT
Overtime wasn't nice to the Lansing High girls either. The Lions (8-7, 6-3) 38-32 lead into the fourth quarter but saw IMAC erupt for 19 points in the fourth and force overtime. The Raiders didn't slow down there. IMAC outscored LHS 16-6 in the extra period and pulled away for a 67-57 victory Tuesday night at Immaculata High School.
Junior Amanda Radovich led the Lions with 21 points, while Rachel Darrow scored eight, Emily Goodlin added seven, Monique Richardson had six and Katie Nietzke, Nichole Twitchell and Melissa Casto added five apiece.
Clare Bassett led IMAC with 13 points and Emily Vosseler added 11.
Lansing next plays at 6 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Tonganoxie at the Lansing Intermediate School.