Lions calm Cyclones
Boys fall in overtime
Back-to-back Kaw Valley League losses could have derailed the Lansing High girls' basketball team's season, but the Lions weren't about to let that happen.
Bishop Ward came to the Lansing Intermediate gymnasium Tuesday night with hopes of handing the Lions a third straight defeat, but LHS opened the game with an 8-0 run, made a mid-game push to extend the lead and then hung on for dear life in a 58-52 victory.
"I thought it was a team effort," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "We switched the lineup a little bit. Twitch hit a couple big shots for us. Emily was real strong on the boards and real strong with her left hand, but the most important thing for us to have a chance at sub-state we've got to win these next three for our record to be have a chance to maybe have a home game."
Tuesday marked the second straight game that leading scorer Amanda Radovich didn't score in double figures, but it didn't matter because junior guard Rachel Darrow picked up the slack with a season-high 19 points.
"When Radovich is having a bad night we try to pick her up and keep her positive," Darrow said. "We tell her we've got 11 other people that will help pick you up."
Lansing (9-8 overall, 7-4 KVL) started the game hot on both ends of the floor as they raced to an 8-0 lead and didn't allow Ward score for the first 4:22 of the game as it missed its first eight shots. The game could have been over quickly had the Lions converted their free throws. Instead, they missed six of 12 charities in the opening quarter and allowed the Cyclones to pull within 15-12 after the opening quarter.
Ward scored the first bucket of the second quarter to pull within a point, but LHS never faltered. Instead, it responded with and 11-0 run in the next 3:46 as Emily Goodlin scored back-to-back lay-ins, Katie Nietzke buried a three-pointer and Darrow and Monique Richardson sank jumpers. Lansing led 30-23 at halftime.
Ward quickly trimmed Lansing's lead to five points early in the third quarter, but just as quickly LHS answered with another run, this time a 10-0 spurt fueled by five points from Darrow and another two buckets inside by Goodlin. The Lions' lead eventually grew to 13 points with two minutes left before Andrews cleared the bench. At that point Ward closed on a 7-0 run but never quite caught up.
Goodlin finished with 13 points for the Lions, Radovich had eight and Nichole Twitchell scored seven points. Clare Stump and Aimee Orel led the Cyclones with 17 points apiece.
The Lions next play at 6 p.m. Friday when they travel to Turner High School for a 6 p.m. game.
Lansing JV girls 30, Bishop Ward 29
The Lansing High junior varsity girls' basketball team held off Bishop Ward down the stretch Tuesday night and watched the Cyclones' last-second three-pointer rim out as the Lions survived, 30-29.
The Lions (5-7) erased an early four-point deficit, took charge in the second quarter and then hung on with solid defense from everybody. Even though LHS scored just three points in the fourth quarter, it held Ward to only two points.
Amanda Darrow led Lansing with eight points, Mary Lyon scored six and Elizabeth Cristiano and Takeisha Jenkins added four apiece in the victory.
Bishop Ward 7, Lansing boys 59, OT
A strong start by David Kern wasn't enough to propel the LHS boys past Bishop Ward on Tuesday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Kern scored eight points in the first quarter by beating his man off the dribble, but LHS led just 15-13 after the opening stanza. That's when Ward heated up from the perimeter and surged to a 30-24 halftime lead.
A strong second-half effort by junior forward Jeff Slater helped Lansing claw back into the game. Slater scored eight points in the third quarter and eight more in the fourth to help the Lions force overtime. Ward heated up again, however, and outscored LHS 18-7 in the extra period and pulled away for the victory.
Slater led Lansing with a season-high 27 points. Kern scored 16 points, Matt Warner added nine, Chris Wagner had five and Cody Mohan chipped in two. Ward had three players finish in double-figures.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Turner High School.
Bishop Ward 57, Lansing JV boys 46