Bobcats sweep Lions in basketball twinbill
Anthony Pierce's running three-pointer swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, and the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team escaped Lansing High's Johnsmeyer Gymnasium with a 57-56 victory.
Pierce's shot saved the Bobcats from what could have been a devastating loss. They led by as many as 13 points in the second half and held a nine-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Lansing trailed 46-33 with 2:12 left in the third quarter, but a 12-0 run during the next five minutes brought the Lions within a point.
Basehor's Jacob Schierbaum finally ended the Bobcats' scoring drought with 5:05 left in the game when his layup gave them a 48-45 lead. Bobby Hauver countered with a pair of free throws, Schierbaum scored on a put-back, and then Hauver tied the game with his second three-pointer of the quarter. Moments later Clayton Hall gave the Lions a 53-50 lead when he splashed home a trey from the top of the key with 3:02 remaining.
Lansing kept Basehor at an arm's length the rest of the way until Pierce's buzzer-beater went in.
Hauver led LHS with 13 points, and Curtis Beall and Cody Rush added 11 apiece. Schierbaum scored a game-high 17 points for Basehor. Tanner Swafford added 13 and Pierce chipped in 11.
Lansing now is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Kaw Valley League. Basehor improved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.
BASEHOR 54, LANSING GIRLS 35
For a few minutes Thursday night the Lansing High girls basketball team looked like it was on the verge of snapping its season-long shooting slump.
Then the Lions' shooting woes returned, and the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats took advantage. They shook off an early five-point deficit, took the lead midway through the second quarter and then pulled away early in the second half for a 54-35 victory at LHS.
Cassie Lombardino, Basehor's 6-foot-3 center and Washburn University signee, picked up two quick fouls and spent most of the first half on the bench. Lansing capitalized by taking an early lead. Brittney Lang scored all seven of the Lions' points in the quarter, but the Bobcats rallied and tied the game.
Poor shooting and ball-handling in the second quarter doomed LHS. It was outscored 14-5 in the quarter and trailed 21-12 at halftime.
Lombardino returned in the third quarter, and she quickly asserted herself by scoring 12 points in the quarter. Basehor took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. Despite 10 points by Katie Nietzke in the final stanza, Lansing was unable to rally.
Lombardino finished with a game-high 17 points for BLHS, which improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Kaw Valley League. Nietzke led LHS with 13 points and Lang had 10. LHS fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
For more on Lansing's basketball games against Basehor-Linwood, please pick up the Dec. 27 edition of The Current.