Lansing boys roll to tournament title
LHS girls fight off Silver Lake for third
Tonganoxie The Lansing High boys basketball team validated its strong start to the season by adding its first signature win Saturday night when it blew out Atchison, 80-56, in the championship game of the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament.
Atchison was ranked No. 6 in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A poll.
LHS improved to 9-3 this season and 6-0 in 2008.
Lansing fell behind 23-18 early in the second quarter, but it made seven of its last nine shots in the half and used a 17-2 run to take a 35-25 lead by intermission.
Clayton Hall swished a three-pointer on Lansing's first possession of the third quarter, but Atchison quickly whittled the lead down to eight points.
Just as it seemed the Redmen were making a serious threat, the Lions stepped on the gas and never let up. Bobby Hauver scored on four layups that all were created by turnovers. Curtis Beall had a steal and layup. LHS led by 14 points by the end of the third quarter.
If the Lions seemed hot at that point, then they boiled over in the fourth quarter. They made nine of 10 shots in the final stanza and hit five of six free throws. They began running the clock with three minutes left and cleared the bench for the final 97 seconds.
Lansing made 58.5 percent of its shots for the game and hit a blistering 75 percent in the second half. The Lions scored 28 points off turnovers and held a 30-25 rebounding advantage.
Hauver led LHS with 22 points, 10 of which came on layups after his five steals. Hall scored 19 points, including two layups off of steals and three-for-five shooting from three-point range. Cody Rush scored 11 points, Curtis Beall had 10, Stephen Didde and Kevin Johnson had six apiece, and Ryan Delich, Brian Beall and Vanquez Butler each chipped in two.
Hall, Hauver and Curtis Beall earned All-Tournament Team honors for their performance during the week-long event.
Tournament MVP Anthony Downing led Atchison with 24 points on eight-for-21 shooting.
For a full recap of the championship game, pick up Thursday's edition of The Current.
TONGIE GIRLS TAKE FIRST
The Tonganoxie girls used some serious defensive pressure and a balanced scoring attack to top Eudora for the championship in the girls bracket, 51-37.
THS led just 16-15 after the first quarter, but it allowed just 22 points the rest of the game and held Eudora to 28.8 percent shooting.
Tournament MVP Shannon Carlin led Tonganoxie with 14 points and nine rebounds. Liz Baska had 13 points and six rebounds. Tracie Hileman added five points and seven rebounds, and Christy Weller had seven points and four steals.
Nikki Snider led Eudora with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
LANSING GIRLS PLACE THIRD
The Lansing High girls overcame their worst shooting performance of the season and turned in a double-digit victory by beating Silver Lake in the third-place game, 43-31.
LHS shot just 22.4 percent from the field, but it used a relentless defensive effort to make up for the lack of offense.
The Lions forced 13 turnovers and collected nine steals. They also made rebounding a collaborative effort as Brittney Lang and Alexis Ellis grabbed seven boards apiece, Katie Nietzke had six rebounds, Christine Cordes and Amy Briggs each had five and Morgan Chiles grabbed four.
Chiles also blocked two shots.
The Lions held the Eagles to 24 percent shooting for the game and just 15.6 percent in the second half.
Those defensive stats were the difference in the game for Lansing, which made just three field goals in the first half and trailed 18-13 at intermission.
The Lions used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to take control of the game, and they put it away from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Lang led LHS with 19 points. She was six-for-seven from the free throw line. Ellis scored seven for the Lions, Cordes had six, Briggs had four, Nietzke and Amanda Darrow had three apiece and Chiles added one.
Lansing improves to 8-4 with the win.
For more on the game, pick up Thursday's edition of The Current.