8th-grade girls win final game
The last time the Lansing Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team played Perry-Lecompton, the Kaws handed the Lions a 33-point loss.
The Lions never forgot about it.
Instead, they let the bitter memory fuel a quest for payback. That payback came Saturday morning when the Lions beat the Kaws, 23-19, in the third-place game of the Lansing Invitational.
"We knew we didn't play very well down there, and we bounced back pretty well from that," LMS coach Keith Andrews said. "I think we shocked them a little in the first half, and then we were able to fight them off at the end. It was a good team win."
Lansing led for all but 21 seconds of the game, but the victory didn't come easily. The Lions jumped to a 4-0 lead on baskets by Allison Ewing and Katie Delich, but the teams traded baskets the rest of the way. The Lions led by as many as six points twice, but the Kaws refused to go away.
LMS led 8-4 after the first quarter and took a 12-8 advantage into halftime. By the end of the third quarter Perry had pulled within 17-16.
Nearly three minutes had passed in the fourth quarter before either team scored again. Perry broke the drought with a 17-foot jumper that gave the Kaws an 18-17 lead with 3:12 left in the game.
"They hit a shot and got the lead, and we easily could have quit right then," Andrews said. "But we still battled back."
Lansing's answer came 21 seconds later when Alyssa Cole swished a 15-foot jumper that put the Lions ahead 19-18. They never trailed again. Delich converted a three-point play 47 seconds later. Ewing added a free throw that cushioned the lead and the Lions hung on for the season-ending victory.
Ewing finished with a game-high 11 points. Delich and Cole added six apiece for the Lions.
Andrews praised his players' effort throughout the game and credited them with earning a hard-fought victory.
"The kids played real hard and real aggressive," he said.
Team members are Ewing, Delich, Cole, Katie Jensen, Sara Beck, Cassy Roberts, Kelsie White, Cheyenne Rettele, Celeste Brinkley, Jennifer Nye, Amanda Glynn and Andy Darden.