Freshmen fuel JV girls against Pirates
For about seven minutes Tuesday night the Lansing High and Piper junior varsity girls basketball teams were neck-and-neck on the scoreboard.
Then in a span of about four minutes the Lions' three-point specialists blew the game open. Freshman Abbey Lozenski nailed a pair of three-pointers and freshman Katelyn Griffen buried a trey. Griffen's bucket gave the Lions a double-digit lead, and they cruised the rest of the way to a 55-34 victory at the Lansing Intermediate School gym.
Sophomore Katie Cristiano sparked the Lions early as she scored four first-quarter points on a jumper and two free throws. Sophomore Alexis Ellis added three points during the opening stanza and Lozenski and Griffen also added buckets.
It wasn't until Lozenski's first three-pointer, however, that the Lions were in control.
After the other two treys, Griffen drove to the lane for a layup that put Lansing ahead 22-10. Piper scored the final four points of the half to cut the LHS lead to single digits.
Freshman Amy Briggs entered the game in the third quarter for her lone JV quarter of the night. Her presence was felt to the tune of 11 points and three assists. With Briggs on the court Lansing's lead grew to 20 points.
In the fourth quarter Lozenski swished two three-pointers, Kari Kelly scored four points and Katie Smith added two as LHS cruised to the victory.
Lozenski led the Lions with 14 points followed by Briggs with 11, Griffen with nine, Ellis with seven, Cristiano with six, Kelly with four, Smith with two and Chelsea Weeks with two.
Lansing's record now is 6-3.
The JV girls next play at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Basehor-Linwood.