Lansing High junior varsity girls fall to Tongie at Mill Valley Tourney
Tonganoxie continues to be a nemesis for the Lansing High junior varsity girls basketball team.
After dropping a five-point decision to THS on Dec. 15, the teams met again Monday at the Mill Valley JV Tournament. This time Tongie escaped with a 37-34 victory.
Lansing (3-3) struggled offensively for most of the game, but it used heavy defensive pressure to keep the game close. Tonganoxie didn't attempt a shot for the first 2 1/2 minutes of the game, but it built a 7-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
A six-point outburst from freshman Katelyn Griffen ignited the Lions in the second quarter. Sophomore Cassandra Murphy added two free throws and a late bucket that tied the game 23-23 at halftime.
LHS mustered 10 more points in the third quarter, including four from junior Katie Smith, but Tongie took a two-point lead into the final period. The teams traded buckets early in the fourth before a jumper by freshman Abbey Lozenski gave Lansing a 34-33 lead. The Lions were unable to score again, however, and the Chieftains pulled out the win.
Griffen led LHS with eight points, Murphy and Smith scored six, Alexis Ellis had five, Katie Cristiano had four, Kari Kelly added three and Lozenski had two.
Lansing closes out the tournament at 7 p.m. today against Anderson County.