Briggs leads Lansing girls past Basehor
Lansing Noah Simpson perhaps paid Lansing’s Amy Briggs the supreme compliment on Friday after a 50-26 loss to the Lions at LHS.
“She is very good. I love watching her play, but I hate coaching against her,” he said. “She is just a motor for her team.”
Briggs, a Lansing senior, is fundamentally sound. She does so many little things well and is a reason the Lions, 14-2 and ranked in Class 5A, a closing in on a second straight Kaw Valley League title.
She led the Lions against Basehor-Linwood, scoring 13 points and dishing numerous assists to players close to the basket. Simpson said he was pleased to hold her to that many points, and said the Lions have a lot of weapons on offense.
Katelyn Griffen scored 13 points for the Lions and Allison Ewing added 11.
Briggs also led the team’s defensive effort which stymied the Bobcats throughout the game, forcing turnovers and grabbing defensive rebounds.
Basehor-Linwood’s leading scorer was Cassy Bever who chipped in 16 of the team’s 26 points. She was the team’s only player to score in double figures.
Bever drilled a 3-pointer early in the game, but the Bobcats’ offense didn’t score the rest of the quarter.
Basehor-Linwood took numerous shots from the perimeter, but mustered just three points. The score was 11-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Simpson said the players needed to pass the ball more inside to post players like Megan Bergstrom. In general, they needed to not settle for outside shots.
In the second quarter, the Bobcats did a better job of working the ball to interior players and dribbling with the basketball. Bever scored four points and seemed effective at dribbling inside and making field goals.
The score was 23-9 at intermission.
Lansing (14-2 overall, 9-0 Kaw Valley League) outscored Basehor-Linwood 12-8 in the third quarter and the score was 35-17 entering the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats were unable to cut into the lead the rest of the game. Lansing outscored Basehor-Linwood 15-9 in the final quarter.
“We have to take this as a learning opportunity, learn from it and come back Monday,” he said. “Get ready to go Tuesday and look toward substate.”
BLHS (9-7 overall, 6-3 KVL) travels Tuesday to Santa Fe Trail.