LHS boys trip Tongie again; girls fall hard
Tonganoxie Perhaps playing Tonganoxie in back-to-back games was the perfect scenario to toughen up the Lansing High boys' basketball team.
The Lions needed overtime Saturday to rally past the Chieftains at THS, but junior Chris Wagner's running jumper in the lane with two seconds left ended Tuesday's rematch in regulation.
Lansing 48, Tonganoxie 46.
Unlike Saturday's matchup when Lansing (5-6 overall, 2-3 Kaw Valley League) fell far behind in the first quarter, Tuesday's clash was neck-and-neck the entire way. The Chieftains jumped to a 4-0 lead but a three-point play by David Kern kick-started the Lions. Then Jeff Slater heated up and put them ahead 11-10 after the first quarter. Slater dumped in 10 points in the second quarter - including a leaning jumper from the baseline at the buzzer - and sent LHS into intermission with a 25-23 lead.
Slater chipped in six more points in the third quarter and Matt Warner scored twice on put-backs as the Lions took a 37-35 lead into the final quarter. That's when Chris Wagner took over.
Wagner had been cold from the field for about a week, and he had just one point through the first three quarters. He pumped in 11 in the fourth, however, and every one of them was huge.
Wagner converted on a three-point play that gave LHS a 40-35 lead and then nailed a trey on the next possession to give the Lions an eight-point lead with 3:32 remaining. The lead appeared to be safely in hand, but then Tongie responded with a 9-0 run as Lansing turned the ball over on its next five possessions.
Trailing 46-43, Wagner stepped up and drilled a three-pointer from the corner and tied the game with 28 seconds left. Tongie senior Michael Morris missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds left and LHS came back the other way. Lions coach Don Allen drew up a play for Wagner again, and the junior guard drove to the lane and nailed the jumper with two seconds left. Tongie (3-9) had a final chance, but Sam Mitchell's fall-away three-pointer bounced off the front iron.
Slater led the Lions with a game-high 22 points, Wagner scored 12 and Kern added eight. Kirk Rodell led Tongie with 14 points and Mitchell added 11.
Tonganoxie 58, Lansing girls 36
Fresh off winning it's own home tournament last weekend, the Tonganoxie girls showed no signs of letting down Tuesday night at THS as the Chieftains raced to an early lead and never looked back in beating Lansing, 58-36, in Kaw Valley League play.
Tongie (10-2) scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-1 after the first quarter. Lansing turned the ball over nine times and was zero-for-eight from the field in the opening stanza with the lone point coming on a free throw by Amanda Radovich.
The Lions ended their field-goal drought at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter on Rachel Darrow's layup. Darrow followed that with a running jumper on the following possession. Their only other field goal of the half was a backdoor layup by Katie Nietzke. LHS was seven-for-12 from the free throw line in the first half which kept them from being totally blown out by intermission as they trailed 34-13.
More cold shooting in the third quarter kept LHS from closing the gap. Instead, Tonganoxie took a 49-20 lead into the fourth quarter. That's when Lansing fought back.
The Lions (5-6 overall, 3-2 KVL) opened the quarter on a 14-2 run and trimmed a 29-point deficit to 15 as they trailed 51-36 with 2:03 remaining. THS then ended the game on a 7-0 run.
Nichole Twitchell led Lansing with nine points, Radovich scored eight and Darrow and Nietzke added six apiece. Addie Heim led Tongie with 19 points, Ali Pistora scored 11, Elizabeth Baska added 10 and Madison Weller scored seven.
Lansing next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lansing Intermediate School against Basehor-Linwood. LHS beat Basehor, 49-31, on Dec. 14.