Second-quarter surge sparks LHS girls to victory
Lions use 24-10 run in second quarter to cruise past Kaws
For a few minutes Tuesday night, Perry-Lecompton gave the Lansing High girls basketball team a good scare.
Perry (6-7 overall, 2-4 Kaw Valley League) jumped on Lansing for a 9-3 lead early in the first quarter. At that point, the Lions were sluggish and made a few sloppy passes, coach Keith Andrews said.
Once they flipped the proverbial switch, however, the game was no longer a close contest as the Lions ran away for a 59-40 victory at Perry-Lecompton High School.
"It started out kind of bad," Andrews said. "We threw the ball away few times before we got things going."
Once the Lions began to click, they couldn't be stopped. The early 9-3 deficit became a 22-10 midway through the second quarter. They scored 24 points in that quarter alone, and led by 14 points at halftime.
Lansing (9-4, 6-1) used a stifling full-court press to swing the momentum in its favor and create easy baskets. That is what ultimately ignited the offense, Andrews said.
"The press helped out a little bit, and the kids knocking down shots really helped, too," he said. "Amanda Darrow hit a few. (Nichole) Twitchel his a couple. We got into Raddy (Amanda Radovich) inside, and Katie (Nietzke) knocked down a three."
A 20-point effort in the third quarter put the lead totally out of reach and the Lions were able to coast through the fourth quarter.
Radovich led Lansing with a game-high 15 points. Rachel Darrow (11) and Twitchel (10) joined her in double-figures. Nietzke added nine points for the Lions, Amanda Darrow had six and Morgan Chiles and Brittney Lang chipped in four apiece.
Lansing next plays at 6 p.m. Friday when Mill Valley comes to town. Lansing won an earlier meeting between the two teams, 67-62, in overtime on Dec. 16. In that game, Radovich scored a career-high 30 points and Nietzke added a career-high 17.