Early start benefits Lions
For the first time in recent memory, the Lansing High girls basketball team won't open its season at the Metro Prep Tip-off Classic Tournament at Bonner Springs High School.
Don't worry. The Lions still will play in that tournament. They just have a regular season game beforehand and, ironically, it's also at Bonner Springs.
LHS will play Bonner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bonner Springs YMCA, next door to the high school, in the season-opener for both teams.
The early game will be a new experience for the Lions, but coach Keith Andrews likes it.
"It's a great benefit," he said. "Last year we went into that tournament and opened with Lawrence Free State : and experienced Free State : and that was tough. This year playing Bonner, it makes us more focused because it is Bonner, and then we get to prepare for the tournament."
Focus never has been a problem when Lansing plays Bonner. The series has been heated for the past three years, but LHS has won the last four meetings - including two last year by a combined five points.
Nietzke had the hot hand against Bonner last year as she scored 23 and 15 points in the two meetings, but the Lions are hoping to have a more balanced attack this time around.
In addition to Nietzke, sophomore Amy Briggs and junior Brittney Lang both are lethal from long range. Plus, the Bravettes no longer have the services of 6-foot standout Christina Delladio in the post, so forwards Christine Cordes and Alexis Ellis could play a major factor in the game.
Lansing opens the Metro Prep Tip-off Classic at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, against Savannah (Mo.) in the Bonner Springs YMCA. Other participants are Atchison, Bishop Miege, Bonner Springs, Topeka Seaman, Lawrence Free State and Shawnee Heights.