Defense is limited as freshman boys fall
Lions lose opener of home tournament
The Lansing High boys did plenty of scoring Monday night during the first round of the 43rd annual Lansing Freshman Basketball Tournament.
Rebounding and defense on the other hand : LHS was severely lacking in those areas as it dropped a 68-60 decision to Louisburg on Monday night.
Richie O'Donnell scored a game-high 28 points for LHS and Brian Beall added 11, but all of that offense didn't make up for Lansing's inability to stop Louisburg on the defensive end. The Lions forced just 14 turnovers and allowed the Wildcats to go 34-for-47 at the free throw line.
Lansing (2-4) started fast as O'Donnell, Beall and James Johnson fueled a game-opening 8-4 run. Immediately after that the defense collapsed and allowed Louisburg back into the game with layups and free throws. Clay Pitsenbarger's floater with five seconds left in the first quarter tied the game at 10-10.
The Wildcats opened the second quarter with a 17-5 run. Most of those points came in the form of four layups and five free throws. By halftime their lead was 33-25.
The Lions put together a three-minute stretch of strong defense midway through the third quarter when they whittled a 13-point deficit to just four points, but once again inefficiency on the boards allowed the Wildcats to regain a comfortable lead.
Louisburg scored all of its fourth-quarter points from the free throw line as it made 21 of 26 attempts from the stripe.