Junior Varsity girls win second straight
Sometimes the challenge of coaching a junior varsity basketball team is that a team's top players receive limited playing time. Their minutes must be saved for the varsity game.
That was the problem early in the season for the Lansing High JV girls when go-to players Amanda Darrow, Morgan Chiles and Brittney Lang were limited to one or two quarters of action.
Darrow now is starting on varsity, and Chiles and Lang still see plenty of varsity action. The difference, though, is that the other JV players are adjusting and beginning to seize their opportunities. New go-to players are emerging.
That explains Lansing's two-game winning streak. It beat Piper, 36-29, on Jan. 6 and then rallied past Bonner Springs, 36-34, on Friday night at the Bonner Springs YMCA.
LHS (2-3) still relies on Chiles and Lang for production, but when those two are out of the lineup, other players now are stepping up. That was evident against Bonner when Lang played point guard and Chiles scored nine of Lansing's first 11 points. After that, their teammates finished the job.
With the Lions trailing 22-16, sophomore Christine Cordes stepped up her play the post for two buckets. Freshman Natalie Loreti sank a long jumper and freshman Brooke Didde drained a three-pointer. Suddenly they were ahead, 26-24. The Bravettes answered with a 10-3 run and led, 34-29, with two minutes left. The game seemed over, but the Lions weren't finished.
Didde drained an 18-footer and Loretti nailed a trey to tie the game. Sophomore Katie Smith picked off a pass on Bonner's ensuing possession, and then she swished a free throw to give Lansing the lead. After missing the second free throw, Smith grabbed her own rebound and passed to Didde. After a foul, Didde made a free throw to seal the victory.
Chiles scored a team-high 10 points, Didde had six, Loreti and Cordes added five, Smith had four, Alexis Ellis chipped in three and Lauren Elkins scored two and Lang added one.
Lansing next plays in the Mill Valley JV Girls Tournament on Jan. 23 and 26.