Leavenworth, Lansing, Immaculata all fall in defeat
The Lady Lions showed Friday that a team can’t grow up in one game.
After making huge strides in a close loss to Shawnee Heights Tuesday, the young Lions took it on the nose from Topeka Seaman Friday in a 58-25 loss.
“We struggled stopping their big girls,” Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. “We’re still learning to play together and play within the new system I’ve put in. We’ll get it together.”
In glimpses, the Lady Lions showed what putting it together looks like. Morgan Bromell hit two consecutive long-distance shots at the end of the third quarter, one a 3-pointer and the other just inside the arc.
Bromell’s shot was falling all night. She finished with 11 points and three 3-pointers. However, the other Lady Lions struggled to get going offensively.
“We’ve played some tough teams to start the season,” Robinson said. “We played great on Tuesday and we’re going to play great tomorrow.”
The Lady Lions line up against Lawrence Free State tonight for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off.
Lady Raiders fall point short
In what its coach labeled as an "admirable performance", a short-handed Immaculata girls' basketball team went toe-to-toe with host Horton Friday night.
The contest went down to the final seconds, where the Lady Raiders came up on a basket shy of victory, losing 39-38.
"We played extremely well," Imac coach Terry Jordan said. "The girls played hard and the up-tempo game really worked well for us on both ends of the floor. They just had too much size though and not enough depth from us."
Imac was missing several players, mainly due to illness, and that affected the team's rotation. Still, the Lady Raiders battled with their taller hosts until the very end, where it simply couldn't convert the game winner.
"We fought tough and I was really pleased, but when we got in the half court we just had a tough time with their front court size," Jordan said.
Lainey Bell and Ellie Wolk each had eight points while Kasey Cannon added five, Grace Parker put in four and Mary Kate Wolken chipped in four. Lauren Vardiman contributed two points.
Immaculata, 1-1, will host St. Mary's at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Leavenworth's slide hits three
The Olathe South Tournament did not treat the Leavenworth girls' basketball team well.
Following two defeats earlier in the week, the Lady Pioneers wrapped up the competition with a 31-24 loss to Olathe East on Friday.
It was the team's third straight loss after beginning the season with a blow out win over Washington.
Leavenworth, 1-3, will host DeSoto at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.