Junior varsity boys beat Piper, improve to 7-1
The Lansing High junior varsity boys basketball team led Piper by as many as 14 points Tuesday night before hanging on for a 51-44 victory at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
After an even first quarter where the game was tied 9-9, Lansing used its defensive pressure to create offense. The Lions forced turnovers, got seven points from Bucky Zimmerman and extended their lead to 23-12 by halftime.
Despite six points from Cody Rush, Lansing was unable to maintain its double-digit lead in the third quarter. Piper whittled the LHS lead to just seven points by the time the fourth quarter started.
The Pirates opened the final quarter on a 6-0 run and pulled within 36-35, but the Lions got seven big points from junior Kevin Johnson. They also went six-for-eight from the free throw line in the finals minutes and hung on for the victory.
Ryan Delich, Brian Beall and Zimmerman led LHS with seven points apiece, Elias Moya and Rush had six, Richie O'Donnell scored five, Bobby Hauver had three, Chris Hill had two and P.J. Sigle chipped in one.
Lansing's record now is 7-1.
The JV boys next play at 4 p.m. Friday at home against Basehor-Linwood.