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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Boys basketball: One step ahead

  • Lions too strong for Basehor in KVL showdown; Leavenworth, Immaculata winners as well
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  • After their first slip-up of the season last week, the Lansing boys' basketball team rebounded in a big way Friday night.
    Hosting Basehor-Linwood, the Lions dismantled its Kaw Valley League rival 59-41.
    "It was a great win for us, we played pretty well for maybe three quarters," Lansing's coach Rod Briggs said.
    In front of a packed house the Lions displayed suffocating defense and explosive offense to dominate its rival in impressive fashion.
    "Overall, a pretty good performance by us," the Lansing coach said. "We played pretty well for the most part."
    Joe Schneider led Lansing in scoring with 13 points. Second was Khalil Bailey with 11 followed by Clay Young with 10, Joe Henry with eight and Roy Clayter had seven.
    The Lions improved to 8-1 on the season and will play in the Tonganoxie Invitational against Eudora on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

    Pioneers shake off slow start
    It took a while for the Leavenworth boys' basketball team to get going Friday, but once they did, they looked like the team that knocked off one of the top teams in the state earlier this week.
    Playing for the first time since scoring the upset against previously undefeated Olathe South, the Pioneers allowed Shawnee Mission North to hang around in the first half.
    But in the second half, the Pioneers caught fire and pulled away for a 63-48 final score.
    "When you beat one of the top teams in the state, the natural reaction is to have a let down," LV coach Larry Hogan said. "We were shooting the ball too early (in the first half) and our guys were cold. We weren't playing as good of defense as we could either."
    With a 32-22 lead late in the third quarter, Leavenworth got it rolling with senior Trey Adkins as the catalyst. Adkins hit a 3-pointer, and then swished a fade-away baseline jumper the next time down.
    After North responded with a 3-pointer to bring it back to single digits, Adkins slammed the door with a 3-pointer of his own.
    The Pioneers kept it going in the fourth quarter. On the night, Adkins had four 3-pointers and led Leavenworth with 18 points, followed by 14 points from Cameron Wiggins and Jeff George.
    Leavenworth, 5-3, start play in the Ralph Miller Classic Thursday. The Pioneers' first game is against Chanute at 8 p.m.
    — Ian Stanford

    Murray propels Raiders to win
    All game the Immaculata boys' basketball team kept Jackson Heights at bay — up until the final minute.
    In those remaining seconds, the visiting Cobras took its first lead of the game, leaving the Raiders desperately searching for an answer.
    Page 2 of 2 - Enter Sean Murray.
    "We set up the play to give Sean the ball on the wing with Josh Boeppler at the high post," Imac coach Mike Connelly said. "We told him to give a hard shot fake, that it would send his defender up in the air. Sure enough, it worked."
    The senior, who led the team with 19 points, dipped under his airborne defender and went up hard against a second on-charging Cobra.
    With just enough touch, Murray banked in the bucket.
    "After all that, there was still six seconds left," Connelly said. "They ran the ball to midcourt but then got off a wild shot that went wide."
    Immaculata walked away winners — 48-47.
    After Murray, Danny Boisson added 14 points followed by Josh Boeppler's eight and Connor Schmidling's four.
    Immaculata, 3-5, will host rival Pleasant Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
    "Overall, it was a great high school game," the Raiders coach said. "For us to lead all game and then cough up it, only to regain the lead late. That showed a lot of maturity."
     
    Rams fall at Maur Hill
    The Pleasant Ridge boys' basketball team lost to Maur Hill Friday 59-23.
    The Rams, 1-6, will face rival Immaculata at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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