Archive for Friday, January 28, 2005

LHS girls race past Basehor in fourth quarter

Boys fall short against Bobcats

January 28, 2005

The Lansing High girls' basketball team has become notorious for slow starts and furious finishes, and Friday night's 53-43 victory over Basehor-Linwood was no exception.

A sluggish start turned into a sprint to the finish as the Lions roared to their sixth victory of the season.

"It was two different halves," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "In the first half we were fading away and going up a little softer. I told Amanda (Radovich) at halftime, 'your game's not fadeaway. Your game is power. You've just got to take it to her.' I thought her and Emily (Goodlin) both stepped up real big, taking the ball to the basket and finishing."

Radovich and Goodlin, Lansing's two powers in the post, combined for 35 points - 23 of them in the second half - and fueled the Lions' second-half offensive outburst.

The win was big for LHS for a number of reasons, the most important being confidence. After losing three games in a row, the Lions needed to feel like they could win again.

"We needed it a lot," said freshman Katie Nietzke, who, along with senior Monique Richardson, effectively quarterbacked Lansing's offense. "We needed to come out and just pound them from the start and get it going, because we were down for a while."

For the better part of three quarters it looked like Lansing might stay down.

The Lions (6-6 overall, 4-2 Kaw Valley League) had a surprisingly solid first quarter as they jumped to a 13-11 lead. They stumbled miserably in the second quarter, however, scored just five points and fell behind 21-18 by halftime.

The third quarter wasn't much better. The Lions began to find a rhythm on the offensive end, but Basehor didn't let up. Despite a six-point quarter by Radovich and a balanced attack from Richardson, Goodlin and Melissa Casto, Lansing still trailed by three heading into the fourth quarter.

At that point it looked like the Lions' previous 18-point win over the Bobcats may have been a fluke, but LHS soon proved that wasn't the case.

Maybe it was the ghosts of the old Lansing Intermediate School gym talking, perhaps conjuring up memories of the high-flying LHS offenses of the late 1980s. Whatever the case, Lansing erupted for 22 points in the fourth quarter and looked totally unstoppable. Radovich poured in 12 points in the quarter, Richardson added four, Goodlin had four and Nichole Twitchell scored on a breakaway layup. LHS made six of its 10 field goal attempts in the quarter and 10 of 13 free throws all a part of a 24-9 run to close the game and snapped its three-game losing skid.

Radovich scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Goodlin scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards. Richardson scored six points and swiped 10 rebounds, and Twitchell added four points and seven boards.

Next up for Lansing is a 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday night against Perry-Lecompton at the Lansing Intermediate School.

Basehor-Linwood 59, Lansing boys 53

The Lansing High boys had their three-game winning streak snapped because they got away from doing what they do best - taking care of the basics.

The Lions made errant passes, didn't run their offense fluidly, were called for traveling at least a half-dozen times and missed too many layups to count.

The result was a 59-53 loss to Basehor-Linwood at the Lansing Intermediate School gym. LHS won at Basehor, 55-42, on Dec. 14 in the teams' first meeting.

"On the offensive end we just killed ourselves," LHS coach Don Allen said. "I think that sums it up. I think that's the ballgame: us missing layups and turning the ball over for no apparent reason."

Lansing (5-7, 2-4) scorched the nets in the first quarter as junior Matt Warner drilled all three of his three-point attempts, fueling the Lions' 15-12 lead.

"Matt Warner came out shooting the ball real well tonight," Allen said. "That's a good sign for us. It was nice to see him knock down some of those open shots. I thought that maybe would kick-start us a little bit."

LHS extended its lead to 20-14 early in the second quarter when junior Jeff Slater converted a three-point play. After that, however, the offense slowed down and Lansing took a 29-26 advantage into halftime.

Turnovers began to mount in the third quarter for LHS. Meanwhile, Basehor (3-8) heated up offensively. The Bobcats sank seven of 10 shots in the quarter, including a pair of three-pointers by Seth Lashbrook that put Basehor ahead, 44-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

From there, things only got worse for Lansing. It forced the Bobcats into four straight turnovers to open the fourth quarter, but failed to convert on any of them. After that, Austin Knipp drained a three-pointer that bolstered the Basehor lead. LHS plucked its way back into the game in the same fashion that it did in back-to-back wins over Tonganoxie. At one point LHS took a 52-51 lead on junior Chris Wagner's pull-up jumper in the lane with 1:57 left, but Lansing's lead didn't last long as the Bobcats closed the game on an 8-1 run.

Although Basehor ended the game strong, Allen said it wasn't the final minutes that hurt Lansing's chances of winning.

"It wasn't the last two minutes of the ballgame (that hurt us)," Allen said. "It was the 30 before that."

The Lions certainly had their chances, but far too many missed layups and unforced turnovers were too damaging.

Warner said Lansing's offensive troubles could be attributed to selfish play. The Lions played plenty of one-on-one style ball during their four-game losing streak, but worked the ball around and made crisp passes while winning three straight.

Warner said the Lions got away from playing as a team Friday night.

"We just went away from the things we were doing when we were winning," Warner said. "More people were just catching the ball and shooting and not running the offense. I personally did it myself. We just have to get back to running the offense. That's how we won the games."

Slater led Lansing with a team-high 17 points, while Wagner scored 12 and Warner added 10. Lashbrook and Joel Vandervelde led Basehor with 20 points apiece. The Bobcats made 21 of 36 field goals in the game, compared to Lansing's 19-for-43 performance.

Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Perry-Lecompton.

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