LHS girls eye winner’s bracket
Fresh off of a feel-good 52-42 victory over Bonner Springs in the season-opener, the road is about to get awfully rugged for the Lansing High girls basketball team.
That's because the Lions open play in the three-day Metro Prep Tip-off Classic Tournament at 3 p.m. today at the Bonner Springs YMCA against Savannah (Mo.).
The teams have met during each of the past two years, and Savannah won both meetings. The Savages enter today's contest with a 3-0 record after victories over St. Pius X (Mo.), 58-42, Lafayette (Mo.), 58-31, and Spring Hill, 55-45.
"We get three or four days of decent practice to prepare for Savannah," LHS coach Keith Andrews said after Friday's win against Bonner. "They'll be a quick, aggressive team, and then Miege is on our side of the bracket too, so we've got some work to do."
Andrews was alluding to a potential second-round matchup with defending Class 5A state champion Bishop Miege. Either Miege or Atchison will be Lansing's second-round opponent on Friday. Saturday's game will be against Bonner Springs, Topeka Seaman, Lawrence Free State or Shawnee Heights. Free State placed third at the Class 6A state tournament last year and Seaman was a 5A state qualifier a year ago.
Unlike the past three seasons, Lansing has played a game prior to the tournament. It also marked the first time in at least four years that LHS has won its season-opener.
The early game could make a big difference for this year's team as it tries to reach the winner's bracket of the tournament for the first time, junior forward Alexis Ellis said.
"I think it'll help us because now we know how to play at game tempo, and we know what to expect from other teams," she said. "Last year we went right in and we weren't ready, but now we've got a game under our belt so we're really ready to play."