Archive for Thursday, January 3, 2008

Shooting struggles stand in Lions’ way

January 3, 2008

Shooting woes were the norm for the Lansing High girls basketball team during its first six games.

Those struggles also happened to come while LHS was playing its most daunting early schedule in recent memory as it played defending Class 5A state champion Bishop Miege, four-time defending Kaw Valley League champion Tonganoxie and undefeated Basehor-Linwood.

Despite that one-two combination of off-target shooting and dangerous opposition, the Lions stand at a respectable 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Kaw Valley League.

"We haven't played as well as we can by any stretch of the imagination," LHS coach Keith Andrews said. "We've played good at times, but never for a full game. We just haven't really been clicking."

If not playing its best includes hanging with Miege and Tonganoxie until the final minutes, then Lansing could be downright scary if it ever hits its stride.

"Right now our shots just aren't falling," senior Morgan Chiles said. "Once we get back in the groove of getting our shots falling, we'll have a lot closer games."

An extensive winning streak looks like a real possibility for the Lions when they return from winter break. They play host to Mill Valley (2-2) at 6 p.m. Friday. After that is a 6 p.m. Tuesday home contest with Santa Fe Trail (1-4) and then a Jan. 11 road game against winless Turner (0-5).

Senior Katie Nietzke said the key to starting a winning streak starts at practice. The Lions have been up and down at practice, sometimes lacking focus, and that has to change.

"We've got to up our intensity in practice, because Mill Valley is what starts it all," she said. "We've got to come out with intensity and do that, because if we don't we're just going to be back in the lull again."

Mill Valley's victories this season were a 79-29 blowout of Wyandotte and a 62-61 thriller against Paola. The Jaguars' losses were a 68-29 setback to Shawnee Mission East and a 52-40 defeat to Basehor.

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