7th-graders victorious in final home games
A-team improves record to 9-1
The Lansing Middle School seventh-grade basketball A-team won its home finale in thrilling fashion Thursday afternoon when it edged Lexington Trails, 33-30.
Lansing got six points from Grant Greenberg and four from Logan Mance during a 10-3 run to open the game. Greenberg added two more baskets during the second quarter, but Lexington Trails pulled to within 14-9 by halftime.
LMS opened the third quarter on a 9-3 run as Cameron Decker swished a three-pointer, Greenberg sank two free throws, Preston Padgett nailed a jumper and Mike Miller made a layup. That gave the Lions a 23-11 lead, but it wasn't safe yet.
Lansing held a comfortable 31-21 lead with three minutes left in the game, but Lexington Trails went on a 9-0 run and pulled within a point with 15 seconds left. Mance knocked down two free throws in the final seconds, however, and the Lions hung on for the victory.
Lansing improved to 9-1 on the season. It plays at 4 p.m. today at Perry-Lecompton and then closes out the season at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lexington Trails Tournament at De Soto High School.
A-team members are Nick Andring, Cameron Decker, Grant Greenberg, Jonathan Hill, Nick Hughes, Justin Lozenski, Logan Mance, Chance Martell, Mike Miller, Preston Padgett, Clayton Pfrimmer and Cole Taylor. They are coached by Doug Faught.
B-team wins, too
The LMS B-team started slow but finished with a flurry in a 36-25 victory over Lexington Trails.
Neither team scored during the first five minutes of the game, but Heath Johnson scored both buckets in a 4-0 run to close the quarter and give LMS the lead. The Lions then used a 7-1 run in the second quarter to go up by double-digits before taking a 13-6 lead at halftime.
Royal Gatson ignited a 13-2 run during the third quarter as he scored seven points and dished two assists to put the Lions on top 26-8 and put the game out of reach.
Lansing closes its season at 4 p.m. today at Perry-Lecompton.
B-team members are Lincoln Brown, Adam Grubber, Ryan Hallinan, James Howey, Austen Kern, Robert Lewis, Jacob McCurry, Justin Bozarth, Lucas Sadlent, Alex Chenier, Dashont Trent, Heath Johnson, Royal Gatson, Sam McNeill, Jon Rubendal, James Rumley, Cameron Trout, Dan VanSchoelandt, Dylan Wiseman, Jahleel Witter, Jacob Rothery, Dillon Francis, Cory Scharnhorst, Jason Huffstutler and Jalen Maestas. They are coached by Dustin Myers.