Briggs lifts Lansing past Bravettes
The Bonner Springs Bravettes dropped their basketball season-opener to visiting Lansing, 66-34, on Friday night at the Bonner Springs YMCA.
Lansing’s pressure defense and hot shooting from the 3-point line led the Lions to victory over the less experienced Bravettes.
BSHS opened the game on a high note as great intensity on the defensive end propelled it to a 12-10 lead after one period. The Bravettes looked sharp with some crisp interior passes that led to easy buckets for junior forward Malia Williams, who also ripped down several contested rebounds in the period.
“Malia did everything that she was capable of doing,” BSHS coach Clay Oakes said. “Her teammates did a good job of getting the ball to her when (she) was open, and she did a great job of finishing those opportunities.”
Lansing started out the game looking uncomfortable in the visiting gym. They threw the ball away on several occasions and hoisted several air balls. Couple that with the intensity of BSHS, and it looked as if the game would be a close one. However, once the second quarter began, the baskets at the YMCA might as well have been the goal in Amy Briggs’ driveway. The Lansing junior guard caught fire, nailing four 3-pointers. She scored 14 of her game-high 26 points in the quarter, pushing Lansing out to a 31-17 lead at halftime.
The Lions never looked back.
In the second half Briggs continued her solid shooting by hitting two more 3-pointers. Senior center Alexis Ellis owned the paint scoring easily at times off of put-backs. With those efforts, Lansing stretched its lead to 52-25 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Lansing coach Keith Andrews was very impressed with Briggs’ performance.
“(Amy) was really tough tonight,” Andrews said. “She hit big shots from outside, drove inside and hit some shots for us. She just has a great motor. Six of eight from 3-point (range) … What can you say? She just runs the whole show for us.”
Lansing switched defenses often after the first quarter and really confused the inexperienced Bravettes, forcing several turnovers from the young backcourt. BSHS had a lot of trouble when Lansing pressed because of the Lions’ length on defense.
“It was a learning experience,” Oakes said. “I think the girls saw what a great defense can do. Once we lost our focus, things kind of snowballed on us. It seemed like we lost confidence, and nobody wanted to handle the ball. I think our guards just need to slow their motor down a little and play like they did in the first quarter.”
Williams finished with 20 points for Bonner Springs and Lynsey Ostman added 8. Starian Porchia, Emily Wilson and Erica Wilson each chipped in 2.
Brittney Lang scored 14 points for Lansing to go along with five steals, two blocks and three assists. Ellis scored 10, Abbey Lozenski had 6, Kari Kelly added 4, and Katie Cristiano and Katie Delich each scored 2 for the Lions.
Both Lansing and Bonner Springs will be back in action today at the Metro Prep Classic in Bonner Springs. BSHS (0-1) plays at 3 p.m. against Bishop Miege in the YMCA and Lansing (1-0) plays at 6:30 p.m. against Shawnee Heights.