Big fourth quarter boosts Lions to third straight victory
JV makes it two in a row with 55-40 win
For a little more than three quarters Tuesday night, the Lansing High boys played solid, team-oriented basketball, but they seemed to be lacking a spark. The result was a tie game with less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter against Perry-Lecompton.
Then, in a subtle way, the Lions calmly changed the tempo and, in the process, blew the game open in a matter of three minutes and pulled away for their third straight victory.
Lansing 60, Perry 44.
The victory was Lansing's third straight.
LHS (6-7 overall, 4-3 Kaw Valley League) was the quicker and more athletic team, but Perry had superior size on the interior and used that height advantage effectively. The Kaws turned to 6-foot-3 senior Chris Ketter for early production inside. Freshman Joel Gantz, another 6-foot-3 forward, also provided an interior spark. Still, the Lions used its patient offense to pick apart the defense and find open shots. An assortment of baskets from Cody Mohan, David Kern and Jeff Slater contributed to their 13-10 lead after the first quarter.
A leaner by Slater, two free throws from Jeff Jackson and a free throw by Mohan pushed the lead to 18-10. Later, a bucket by Slater pushed Lansing's advantage to double-digits before Perry closed the half with a 6-0 run that made it 25-21.
"I didn't think our intensity level was as high tonight as it could have been, for whatever reason," LHS coach Don Allen said. "This was a pretty big game for us, and I was a little disappointed in our focus and our intensity. It seemed like Perry came out with a little more fire in their belly and were ready to play. We just kind of showed up and tipped it off."
Perry (4-9, 0-6) continued to scrap throughout the third quarter and twice pulled within striking distance. Each time, Lansing senior Matt Warner drained a three-pointer to keep Perry at a distance. Finally, the Kaws completed their comeback from a 10-point deficit and tied the game at 39-39 when Kyle Morgison drained a pullup jumper with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter.
That's when Lansing responded. After quietly swinging the ball around on the perimeter and looking for open shots, senior Chris Wagner put the ball on the floor and began attacking the basket. Three times he drove to the hoop. Three times he was fouled while shooting. Mixed in with his free throws were a three-pointer from Mohan and a put-back by Slater. The points came rapid-fire. In just three minutes the lead grew to 49-39. From there, the Lions put the game away at the free throw line.
"Offensively, I thought we forced things there at times, but for the most part we did a good job of running things there in the second half," Allen said.
Mohan led all scorers with 17 points. Slater added 16, Wagner scored 11, Warner had eight, Kern added five and Jackson chipped in three. Gantz and Ketter led Perry with eight points apiece.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Mill Valley.
JV BOYS PULL AWAY LATE
The Lansing High junior varsity boys basketball team beat Perry-Lecompton, 55-40, on Tuesday night, thanks in part to a 17-3 fourth-quarter run that put the game away.
LHS led just 38-37 at the end of the third quarter, but a 17-foot jumper by Bobby Hauver sparked the final offensive onslaught that led to the victory. Moments after Hauver's bucket, Kris Hernandez scored on a give-and-go, Elias Moya converted a three-point play and P.J. Sigle scored back-to-back buckets. That pushed the lead to double-digits with four minutes left. After that, the outcome never was in question.
The lopsided final score was a bit surprising, however, considering that Lansing fell into an 8-0 hole just three minutes into the game. LHS outscored Perry the rest of the first half by a 24-21 margin, and then played a relatively even third quarter before putting the game away in the fourth.
Sigle led the Lions with 10 points, J.T. Collins had nine, Stephen Didde scored seven, Kyle Miller, Will Johnson and Moya had six apiece, Hernandez scored five, Hauver added four and Ryan Willcott chipped in two.