Archive for Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rally comes up short as LHS JV girls fall to THS

Lozenski’s 14-point fourth quarter gave Lions chance to win

December 16, 2006

As the point guard for the Lansing High junior varsity girls basketball team, Abbey Lozenski is relied on more for her passing prowess than her scoring punch.

Lansing High freshman point guard Abbey Lozenski looks for an open teammate during the junior varsity girls basketball game against Tonganoxie. Lozenski scored 17 points for LHS in a 47-42 loss.

Lansing High freshman point guard Abbey Lozenski looks for an open teammate during the junior varsity girls basketball game against Tonganoxie. Lozenski scored 17 points for LHS in a 47-42 loss.

That changed Friday night against Tonganoxie when Lozenski, a freshman, hit big shot after big shot during an electrifying fourth-quarter rally that fell just short in a 47-42 loss at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.

Lozenski swished four of five three-point attempts and scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the final eight minutes. Her final trey brought the Lions within 44-42 with 2:15 left.

Unfortunately for Lansing, the late rally was necessitated because it fell so far behind early. Tonganoxie raced to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter. LHS hacked seven points off the deficit by halftime thanks to a nine-point explosion by freshman Amy Briggs.

Junior Katie Smith scored four of Lansing's five points in the third quarter, but the Lions still trailed 36-26 entering the fourth quarter. That's when Lozenski's offensive eruption made things interesting down the stretch.

In addition to Lozenski's 17 points, Briggs finished with nine, Smith had four, Cassandra Murphy and Katelyn Griffen had three apiece and Brooke Didde, Katie Cristiano, and Alexis Ellis each scored two.

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