Lions top Turner; boys drop another close one
Kansas City, Kan. The Lansing High girls' basketball won only seven games all of last season, but with two regular-season contests remaining the Lions already have reached double-digits in the wins column.
LHS improved to 10-8 Friday night as it disposed of Turner, 68-55, behind a game-high 19 points from junior forward Amanda Radovich.
"It was a good team effort, which was the important thing there," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "We got a little spurt there in the second half where Amanda and Emily were strong inside again. We got a little spurt in the second quarter when we brought the subs in and they played real good man-to-man defense. Morgan Chiles got a bucket. Amanda Darrow got a bucket. I think that kind of spread it out a little bit and got a little change of pace for the man-to-man.
"Tonight everybody contributed, which was good. All 12 of us."
Turner attempted to force a slower pace as it opened an early 5-0 lead, but Lansing stormed back with a 7-0 run as Rachel Darrow sank a three-pointer, Kendra Sickinger sank a running jumper and Emily Goodlin had a lay-in. The teams traded baskets for the next 4:30 as Turner crept ahead, 14-12. Freshman Katie Nietzke buried back-to-back three-pointers to end the quarter, however, as Lansing surged ahead, 18-14.
The Lions never trailed again.
Nietzke continued to have a hot hand in the first half, as did Radovich and Darrow, and LHS began to pull away. Freshman Amanda Darrow's jump shot with 51 seconds left in the second quarter gave Lansing it's biggest lead of the first half at 37-24 before THS added a bucket in the closing seconds to pull within 11.
The Lions pushed their lead to 16 points early in the third quarter as Sickinger and Radovich both scored inside and Rachel Darrow nailed another trey. The Bears responded with a 9-0 run, however, and pulled within 46-40 with 3:37 left in the third quarter. LHS forced four turnovers and scored five straight points at the free throw line to end the quarter as it bumped the lead back to 12 points.
Turner began to chip away at Lansing's lead in the final minutes of the game, but after the Bears pulled within seven points with 1:13 left the Lions closed the game on a 6-0 run as Radovich, Nietzke and Nichole Twitchell all sank free throws.
In addition to Radovich's 19 points, Nietzke and Rachel Darrow also were in double-figures with 11 points apiece. Twitchell finished with eight points, Goodlin scored seven, Sickinger had four, and Amanda Darrow, Morgan Chiles, Monique Richardson and Melissa Casto added two points apiece.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Fe Trail.
Turner 58, Lansing boys 53
For the third time in its last four games the Lansing High boys' basketball team lost a heartbreaker. This time their nemesis was Turner, which pulled away in the final minute for a 58-55 victory Friday night at THS.
Lansing previously had dropped a double-overtime decision to Immaculata and an overtime game to Bishop Ward, with a 15-point win against Tonganoixe stuck in between the two.
LHS forced a slow tempo and took an early 5-0 lead on a three-pointer and a pull-up jumper by Chris Wagner as the Bears didn't score for the first 5:05 of the game. Turner closed the first quarter on an 8-7 run, however, and surged ahead. The Bears opened up a 15-12 lead in the second quarter, but back-to-back baskets by sophomore Jeff Jackson put the Lions back on top. THS rallied again, though, and took a 21-18 lead into halftime.
Turner took advantage of three LHS turnovers early in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 30-22, but Lansing closed the quarter with a 12-2 run as Matt Warner sank a jumper, Wagner drained a three-pointer, Jeff Slater made a lay-up, Jackson made a reverse layup and Wagner buried another three at the buzzer.
Lansing's 34-32 lead wouldn't hold up, though. Turner heated up in the fourth quarter and opened a five-point advantage with 3:22 remaining. Wagner, Slater and Jackson rallied the Lions to within 52-51 before Turner pulled away for the win.
Slater led Lansing with a team-high 18 points, Wagner scored 15, Jackson had a career-high eight, and Warner and David Kern added six apiece in the loss.
The Lions next play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Santa Fe Trail at the Lansing Intermediate School.