Lansing junior varsity girls shake deficit, beat Bobcats
Basehor The deficit looked insurmountable.
The Lansing High junior varsity girls walked off the court after completing their first quarter of the basketball season Tuesday evening and they already were behind by 15 points against Basehor-Linwood.
This had the makings of a long season, or so it seemed.
The scoreboard told a much different tale three quarters later when the Lions walked off the court with smiles on their faces and a 39-34 victory to their credit.
"I told them before the game, the only thing you can control is how hard you play, and they played hard," first-year LHS junior varsity girls coach Dan Wessel said. "We really stress the importance of playing good defense, and they believe in that."
Five of the Lions played their first high school basketball game Tuesday and the jitters were evident early. Wessel said nerves contributed to a lot of missed shots during the first eight minutes.
"We couldn't throw one into the ocean and they couldn't miss," he said. "But the girls bought into what we've been doing and kept playing hard."
The hard play paid off in the second quarter when shots started falling. Sparked by a pair of three-pointers from freshman Amy Briggs, two buckets by sophomore Brooke Didde and a tenacious full-court press defense, the Lions closed the half on a 14-5 run and trailed just 24-18 at halftime.
The Lions continued to chip away during the third quarter and then used a 15-6 blitz in the fourth quarter to seize control of the game. Alexis Ellis scored six points during the final quarter.
Didde scored a team-high 11 points in leading the JV Lions to a 1-0 record for the first time in recent memory. Briggs and Ellis scored 10 points apiece, Katelyn Griffen scored six and Katie Smith added two.