Lansing girls fall to Silver Lake
Lions will play Jeff West for third place
Tonganoxie An ice cold first half doomed the Lansing High girls' basketball team Friday afternoon at the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament.
The Lions (5-4) allowed Silver Lake (8-2) to race to a 21-7 lead before the Eagles hung on for a 62-51 victory in the tournament semifinals. Lansing will play Jeff West for third place at 1 p.m. Saturday. Silver Lake will meet Tonganoxie for the championship at 5:30 p.m.
"In the first quarter we were a step behind or they had a great start," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "That, combined with their free throws (Silver Lake was 17-for-21 from the stripe), they made almost everything."
LHS sank just one of its first nine shots while Silver Lake made eight of its first 10 field goal attempts and raced to an early 14-point lead. The Eagles' advantage eventually blossomed to 32-12.
Freshman Katie Nietzke came in and finally sparked Lansing with five points in the quarter. Junior Nichole Twitchell provided a similar spark in the second quarter and helped the Lions trim the 20-point deficit into a 39-25 hole by halftime.
A series of buckets by Emily Goodlin, Rachel Darrow, Monique Richardson helped the Lions heat up in the third quarter. Two free throws from Twitchell and two more by Nietzke pulled LHS within seven after three quarters at 49-42, but just as it looked like Lansing might come back for the win, the Lions allowed the Eagles to pull away again.
LHS turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions of the fourth quarter and allowed Silver Lake to score on back-to-back layups. The Lions then missed a series of layups and clanked all four of their free throws in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Eagles made seven of eight free throws in the quarter.
"The bottom line is we've got to make those plays," Andrews said of the missed opportunities. "If we make them then we're in good shape. If we don't, we have to foul a little bit and they're not going to miss any free throws."
Amanda Radovich led the Lions with a team-high 12 points. Twitchell and Goodlin scored 10 apiece, Nietzke added nine and Darrow chipped in eight.
Silver Lake's Ronnie Anderson scored a game-high 15 points. Jennifer Fritz and Kate Taylor scored 13 apiece and Steph Bryant chipped in 11 for the Eagles.