Tongie Tough: LHS girls open with a win; boys fall to P-Ridge
Tonganoxie The Lansing High girls' basketball team wasted no time erasing the bitter taste of Friday night's one-point loss to Bonner Springs.
Instead of sulking, the Lions throttled Pleasant Ridge, 64-49, in the opening round of the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament at Tonganoxie High School. The Lions next play at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals against Silver Lake.
Lansing opened the game on a 6-0 run off baskets by Amanda Radovich, Rachel Darrow and Monique Richardson, but the Rams rallied to take an 8-6 lead. The Lions closed the quarter on a 13-0 run, however, and the outcome was never in question after that.
The Lions received points from Nichole Twitchell, Emily Goodlin, Riann Deere, Radovich and Kendra Sickinger in the second quarter as they bumped their lead to 34-19 by halftime.
Radovich's 11-point effort in the third quarter, as well as back-to-back baskets by freshman Katie Nietzke, bolstered the LHS advantage to 53-33 after three quarters and the Lions coasted to the victory.
The bright side for Lansing was that it shook off Friday's loss nicely and improved to 5-3 on the season. On the down side, however, was that the Lions made just eight of 26 free throws. It was their second straight poor performance at the line after going 13-for-27 at the stripe against Bonner Springs.
Radovich led the Lions with a game-high 19 points on nine of 14 shooting. Sickinger scored a season-high nine points, and Twitchell and Goodlin added seven points apiece. Darrow didn't score many points, but contributed five steals on the defensive end.
Pleasant Ridge 58, Lansing boys 53
Cody Mohan scored a career-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough to help Lansing snap its losing streak as Pleasant Ridge rallied past the Lions for a 58-53 victory Monday night in the opening round of the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament.
The Loss was Lansing's fourth in a row.
LHS will play Silver Lake at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Tonganoxie High School in the consolation semifinals. Silver Lake dropped a 71-65 decision to Atchison on Thursday afternoon.
After being tooth-and-nails-close in the opening minutes, Lansing closed the first quarter on a 6-0 run and took an 18-12 lead behind buckets by Mohan, Jeff Jackson and Jeff Slater.
The Lions stretched the lead to as many as 14 points at 28-14 in the second quarter before Pleasant Ridge took advantage of two LHS turnovers and closed the half on an 8-2 run.
A quick three-pointer by Mohan pressed the lead back to 11 points early in the third quarter, and a lay-in by David Kern bumped the advantage to 39-26. The Lions didn't score in the final 5:30 of the quarter, however, as Pleasant Ridge went on an 11-0 run and trailed just 39-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Rams tied the game at 40, and again at 42, before taking the lead for good at the 4:16 mark of the fourth quarter on a pair of free throws by Jacob Hendee. P-Ridge pulled ahead 48-42 before Lansing scored again. A late three-pointer by Mohan pulled LHS within 54-53 with 26 seconds left, but the Rams sank their free throws down the stretch and iced the win. Pleasant Ridge sank 17 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter and 24 of 32 in the game.
Hendee led the Rams with 16 points. Mohan was joined in double-figures by LHS teammates Slater (12 points) Kern (10 points).