Lady Lions falter again while Leavenworth reaches .500 with road win

Another game, another tough lesson for the Lansing girls’ basketball team.
Following an opening quarter that saw the Lady Lions get outscored 19-2, the squad went on to suffer a 57-26 defeat to visiting Mill Valley.
“There are a lot of little things that we need to execute better on,” Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. “There are times when we do the fundamentals well and times when we don’t.”
Lansing, who now sits at 1-6, is off until after the holiday break. The team will return on Jan. 8 for a 6 p.m. road game at Piper.
“Coming together as a team will also help.” Robinson said. “It comes with experience, playing together, better understanding my philosophies and executing those philosophies on the court.”
Like the first quarter score showed, the contest spiraled quickly out of control for Lansing. Down 17 after the opening eight minutes, the home team did a little better in the second, yet still faced a 32-13 deficit.
The third saw the disadvantage increase to 48-19 before finally resting at 34 by game’s end. Turnovers, especially from poor passing, hurt the Lady Lions according to Robinson, who also stated the defense needs improvement.
“Everything starts on the defensive end, so that has to get better,” the coach said.
Mikayla Zielinski led the team in scoring with eight points, followed by Madison Bosworth’s four. Morgan Bromell and Morgan Johnson each contributed three apiece.

Leavenworth gets back to .500
The Leavenworth girls’ basketball team is out of the red.
Following a 47-29 win over Topeka Monday, thanks in large part to a suffocating defensive effort, the Lady Pioneers enter the holiday break with an even 3-3 record.
“Defense was the key,” Leavenworth coach Derek Zeck said. “Our defense is going to be the key to the season and we are getting better every game.”
After allowing 20 points in the first two quarters, the Lady Pioneers game up just nine the entire second half. The accomplishment paved the way to the 18-point LHS victory.
“With our strength and athleticism we were able to get out and extend, especially with our post players,” Zeck said. “We trapped a little bit more and tried to speed them up to get them out of their comfort zone.”
Leavenworth is off until Jan. 4, when it will play at 5:30 p.m. at Shawnee Mission East.