Lansing boys look to ‘put a couple together’
The fact that the Lansing High boys basketball team snapped its four-game losing skid against a winless Tonganoxie squad might not prove a whole lot, but right now that doesn't really matter much to the Lions.
In their eyes, a win's a win. One win is the first step toward a winning streak, which is something they desperately need.
"We needed it pretty badly," senior Matt Warner said of the win. "I just hope we can build off it. We have Basehor next, and that's a very beatable team."
True, Lansing will try to win its second straight game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Basehor-Linwood. LHS won an earlier meeting between the two teams, 51-44, on Dec. 13 in a game where senior Chris Wagner scored 19 points.
Until the first game against Basehor, Wagner had been on fire from the field. Since then, he has joined his teammates in their season-long shooting funk.
Wagner's shot may have cooled since then, but Warner finally is finding his. He scored a season-high nine points Saturday in the 56-44 win against Tongie.
If Warner continues to improve on offense and Wagner heats back up, it is reasonable to believe Lansing could make a charge in the Kaw Valley League standings. Its chances would improve even more if senior forward David Kern continues attacking the basket as aggressively as he has during the last four games.
LHS is 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the league, but it has plenty of winnable games in the near future. Basehor is 2-7 with wins against Holton and Tonganoxie. Then comes a showdown with 2-7 Perry-Lecompton. After that are matchups with league leader Mill Valley (10-1), Immaculata (6-5) and Tonganoxie (0-12).
"We need to put a couple (wins) together. We really do," LHS coach Don Allen said. "We haven't been able to do that, and we need to put a couple together."
Although it was ugly, the win against Tonganoxie signaled the start of the second half of the season. After going 3-7 in the first 10 games, LHS opened the second half with a victory. Allen said that's a step in the right direction.
"We've got a half a season left," he said. "Nobody's real happy with the way the first half went, so this game is a good start for us for the second half. We'll see where we go from there."
Lansing High senior Jeff Slater earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row at the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament. Slater scored 62 points in the three games and made 23 of 40 field goal attempts.
Lions hit the target
Lansing's close losses to Atchison and Eudora were its two best shooting games of the season. Against Atchison, LHS shot 54 percent. Against Eudora, Lansing made 47.5 percent of its shots.