Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

Girls risk ‘squandering’ season’s gains

February 16, 2006

For the last two seasons, the Lansing High girls basketball team has had a favorite quote: "You have to hate to lose more than you love to win."

It appears a few of the Lions may have forgotten that verse during the past few days.

After reeling off six straight victories, assuring themselves of a winning season and attaining a No. 9 state ranking, the Lions have gone into a tailspin. They lost to a tough Tonganoxie Chieftain squad, 69-47, on Friday night, and then fell flat on their faces in a 59-50 loss Tuesday night at Bishop Ward.

"There's no way they should have beat us, but we come out without the energy and without the effort," LHS coach Keith Andrews said.

Inconsistent effort and focus has been Lansing's Achilles heel all season. After a big win against Bonner Springs, LHS barely showed up in a blowout loss to Silver Lake. Then, after taking steps forward in six straight wins, they were neck-and-neck with the 15-1 Chieftains for three quarters.

After taking so many steps forward, the Lions (11-5 overall, 8-3 Kaw Valley League) are on the verge of throwing it all away. They're sliding in the league standings, and they are dangerously close to falling from the three-seed to the five-seed in the substate bracket.

"The worst thing is you're in a great position to get a good seed in substate, hopefully get Mill Valley here, and its like we're squandering it away," Andrews said. "We've got to get some momentum back. We've got to get a swagger back. We've got to get a little desire."

Lansing has three games left until substate, and Andrews said it is clear his squad isn't ready to play. He is even more concerned about what might happen at 6 p.m. Friday when Turner visits LHS for Senior Night.

"I hope we show up with great effort and great energy, but I hoped that tonight too, and it didn't happen," he said. "Maybe our Senior Night won't be so fun. Hopefully it is."

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