Immaculata coach Jordan had resolved not to call his final time out.
He stood and watched as his Lady Raiders basketball team tried to hold on in the final minute against a surging St. Mary’s.
Imac would hold on, though barely, after two last-second St. Mary’s shots refused to go down. The Lady Raiders won 43-41.
“I didn’t want to call that time out because this was a learning experience,” Jordan said. “These girls need to learn how to win late before we get into the meat of our schedule. Overall, I’m really proud of how we played today.”
The surprisingly tense finish belied what was mostly quality showing for the Lady Raiders. Imac used a dominant inside game and a well-executed 1-2-1 full-court trap defense to give St. Mary’s fits in the first half.
On the other end, everything the home team threw at the basket went down and Imac held 27-18 halftime lead.
“I was shocked at how everything went in,” Lady Raider Mary Kate Wolken said. “Our offense played well, and we were all cutting really well. This is by far the best game I’ve ever played at any level.”
Wolken led the Lady Raiders with 16 points, including nine in the Raiders 18-point second quarter.
St. Mary’s started slowly chipping away at Imac’s double-digit lead in the third quarter though. Mounting Lady Raider turnovers late allowed St. Mary’s to get the score within a hair, and set up their last-second tries, that fell short however.
The Lady Raiders, 2-1, face Doniphan West Friday at 6 p.m.
Lansing collects first win
It took longer than the team wanted, but on Tuesday night Lansing girls’ basketball experienced the sweet taste of victory.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have again,” Lady Lion Morgan Bromell said.
Defense was the key for Lansing, who held visiting Bishop Ward to just 15 points in the opening half. Steady offense down the stretch then gave the home team a 55-48 victory.
“Very pleased obviously,” Lady Lions coach Christine Robinson said. “Staying disciplined was the key. We also played great defense, executed our game plan and maintained our focus throughout.”
Bromell led the team in scoring with 19 points, a career high, while Mikayla Zielenski had nine, Carly Bohannon had eight and Madelyn Moya added seven points.
Lansing, 1-4, will play at Bonner Springs Friday at 5:45 p.m.
— Brent Lager
Lady Rams’ roll continues
While Tuesday’s road win wasn’t the prettiest thing according to Pleasant Ridge girls’ basketball coach Mike Koontz, the coach admitted that ultimately it didn’t matter.
Page 2 of 2 - “At times, our pressure was good and at times we just looked flat,” Koontz said. “But we did what we needed to do to win the basketball game and that’s all that counts.”
The Lady Rams shut down Kansas City Christian defensively, enabling PR to walk away with a 49-29 victory.
While the game wasn’t a complete blow out, the result was never in much doubt after Pleasant Ridge opened up a 38-25 advantage late in the third quarter.
Ashten Langley led PR with 20 points while Kelsey Carpenter contributed 10 and Jordan Adams added seven. Beth Doty, Alyssa Crook and Lauren Zule pitched in four points a piece.
Ridge, 3-0, will host Riverside at 6 p.m. Friday.