LHS boys looking to redeem themselves
Loss to Mill Valley leaves bitter taste in Lions’ mouths
The last time Lansing High's boys' basketball team played a game was Dec. 17 when the Lions dropped a 51-45 decision to Mill Valley at home.
Since then, LHS junior forward David Kern said, the Lions have been kicking themselves for not pulling out the victory. After all, Lansing held a 15-6 advantage early before letting the Jaguars back into the game.
Now, instead of being undefeated in Kaw Valley League play, the Lions are 1-1 and have a 2-3 record overall.
"We're real hungry," Kern said. "We know we should've won that game, so I think we just want to come out and prove something the next chance we get."
The Lions will get their chance at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to rival Piper High School for their first game in more than two weeks.
The Pirates are expected to provide one of Lansing's most difficult challenges of the season, but they're not unbeatable.
The Pirates were a 15-7 team a year ago - they squeaked past Lansing last season when they had the 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward Leo Criswell. Criswell now attends Costal Christian Academy in Virginia Beach, Va., and will play at the University of Missouri next year, but three starters returned from that squad.
Piper appeared stronger without Criswell as it raced to a 5-1 record before winter break. It last played Dec. 17 when it drilled Bishop Ward, 67-49.
"Piper was always one of our toughest games," junior point guard Cody Mohan said. "Last year (was close) when they had Leo."
Kern was quick to point out that although Criswell is gone, the Pirates still have one of the state's most talented players in senior forward Damian Young.
"Of course they did lose Leo Criswell, so we've got to focus on containing Damian," Kern said. "We played them over the summer in the Bonner Springs League and I wasn't too impressed with them, except for Damian Young.
"We should be able to handle them if we play solid defense."