Lansing girls rout Bonner Springs
Three days after the Mill Valley girls basketball team needed a buzzer-beater to knock off Bonner Springs, rival Lansing visited the Bonner Springs District P.E. Center and took care of business early.
Lansing outmuscled Bonner Springs from start to finish in a 57-31 rout Friday night.
The Lions set the tone early by feeding the ball into senior forward Katie Delich in the post. She scored Lansing’s first points when she converted a three-point play, and then she fed the ball to junior Gabby Hacker for a layup out of a high-low set to give the Lions a 5-1 lead. Moments later, senior Jenna Hoing beat the defense off the dribble and sank a floater in the lane. The next time down the court, Hoing snagged an offensive rebound and scored on a put-back. Two possessions later, Delich sank a free throw that gave LHS a 10-2 lead.
Senior Erica Smith sank a 3-pointer with 1:19 to go in the first quarter for Bonner Springs’ first field goal of the game.
The Braves made just 2 of 13 shots in the opening quarter and trailed 12-7 as the second quarter began.
Lansing continued to smother the Braves with aggressive defense during the second quarter. The Lions contested every shot and limited BSHS to one chance on most possessions. Meanwhile, LHS used its defense to create offense. Either after turnovers or rebounds, the Lions made quick outlet passes and raced the other way. They scored on seven of their first 10 possessions of the quarter and used a 13-2 run to build a 25-9 lead with 4:50 left in the quarter.
Bonner Springs had no answers to the Lions’ aggression, and LHS led 31-15 at halftime.
The Braves’ offensive woes continued in the second half. They had four looks at the basket on their first possession of the third quarter but were unable to finish. Meanwhile, Lansing turned to Delich on offense and she finished her opportunities on the first two possessions of the quarter. First, she made a layup. Then she converted a three-point play as the lead grew to 21 points.
The Lions led comfortably the rest of the way. Their lead reached 30 points early in the fourth quarter and the game concluded with a continuous clock.
Delich powered Lansing with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting and a 7-for-11 effort from the free throw line. Senior Kiersten Kirkendoll added 13 points and Hoing scored 8 for the Lions. The Lions made 20 of 36 shots from the field and 17 of 23 free throws.
Junior Emily Wilson led BSHS with 7 points, junior Yessenia Hernandez and junior Erica Wilson had 5 apiece, and Smith and junior Erin Marx each added 4. The Braves made just 12 of 64 field goal attempts and were 6 for 10 from the free throw line.
Bonner Springs (2-2 overall, 0-2 Kaw Valley League) next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at home against Tonganoxie.