Lady Pioneers dismantle Lady Wildcats in season opener; Pleasant Ridge defensively squeezes out win; Lansing falter at Tonganoxie
New-look Leavenworth; same dominance over Washington.
The Pioneers handled Washington in every phase of their season opener Friday, winning 72-17.
The result was ten points better than last year’s opener against the Wildcats, which the Pioneers won 72-27.
Leavenworth was clearly the superior team from the opening tip. They forced turnovers with a suffocating press defense.
They dominated the glass on both ends. They found open looks inside and out with patient half-court passing.
Once the shots started falling the score got lopsided quickly, and stayed that way.
“We started off a little slow, but I think once we all calmed down and got the nerves out, we played better,” said junior co-captain Emma Zeck, who led the Lady Pioneers with 14 points.
Leavenworth stretched a 7-3 lead midway through the first into a 19-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
By halftime, it was 50-10.
The Lady Pioneers never relented and went to secure the 55-point win.
After Emma Zeck’s 14 points, newcomers Destinee Robinson, Alicia Brown, and Tyler Johnson followed in scoring with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.
Leavenworth’s top four scorers were all new to the team, and Robinson and Brown are both freshmen. Tashia Jones had nine points.
The Lady Pioneers jump right into a tough schedule next week, opening the Olathe South Tournament against Blue Valley on Tuesday.
Lady Rams bully out opening win
Throughout its home opener Friday, the Pleasant Ridge girls’ basketball team played hard-nosed defense.
“We played very well defensively tonight,” PR coach Mike Koontz said. “It was by far the thing I was most happy with.”
With oppressive defense, the Lady Rams forced Wellsville into an average of only nine points a quarter. That performance allowed Ridge to not only survive a poor shooting night, but also pull out a blow out win.
Following a 17-point fourth quarter, Pleasant Ridge won 51-35.
“We started off slow by missing a lot of lay-ups and gimmies,” Koontz said. “We missed a lot of free throws too. But we handled their press well and in the fourth started to execute offensively.”
At half, the Lady Rams held a slim 21-18 advantage, which grew by one in the third period. But then in the fourth the home team clamped down on Wellsville to allowed just five points while pouring in 17.
Ashten Langley led the team in scoring with 14 while Jordan Adams had 13. Lauren Zule chipped in 10, Alyssa Crook had five and Kelsey Carpenter four. Beth Doty contributed three and Alex Stafford two.
PR, 1-0, will host Atchison Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“It was a good start, but we have plenty to work on,” the Ridge coach said.
Lansing thumbed at Tonganoxie
The Lansing girls’ basketball team opened its 2012-13 season at Tonganoxie, where it was given a not-so-warm welcome.
After a rather high scoring first quarter, the Lady Lions struggled offensively to keep up with the Lady Chieftains, who went on to beat Lansing 60-31.
“I have high expectations, but I had to be realistic tonight that with a new system and new players, it’s just going to take some time,” Lansing coach Christine Robinson said.
Following a 18-14 opening period, Tonganoxie used a 12-2 second quarter to build a 30-16 advantage. In the third, Lions did better but were still outscored 16-10 and then the fourth saw Lansing give up 14 while just posting five points.
Morgan Bromell led the team in scoring with 13 points, Jasmine Meyer added six while Danielle Pendergraft and Emily Babcock each contributed four.
Lansing, 0-1, will play at Shawnee Heights Tuesday with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.
“I did think we played with a great attitude, which continued throughout the game,” Robinson said. “I also liked how the younger players got in there and competed.”