It was a game of streaks, emotions and ponytails.
In the duo’s first meeting of the season, the Immaculata girls’ basketball team hosted rival Pleasant Ridge Monday in front of a packed gymnasium.
The defensive showdown was laced with scoring streaks by both teams, but in the end the Lady Rams size and grit down low proved too much for Imac to withstand.
PR defeated the Lady Raiders 44-29.
“I thought we played pretty good at times,” Ridge coach Mike Koontz said. “There were spurts where we played very well and then spurts where we sort of relaxed. In the third quarter, they did a nice job of coming back on us but we did a nice job of answering.”
Pleasant Ridge started off the contest on a 9-0 run, taking the early scoring and momentum advantage. But by the end of the period, Immaculata woke up to trail 14-7.
A defensive log-jam occurred in the second quarter, leaving the contest at 19-10 at half. It was then in the third quarter where things opened up.
The Lady Raiders rallied to cut the lead to five before PR roared back, pushing its edge out to double digits. After three quarters, the score sat at 36-21 and eight minutes later rested at 44-29.
“We got beat on the boards, but foul trouble really caused us problems,” Imac coach Terry Jordan said. “They made us just go east and west, which I don’t like, and we struggled with their 1-3-1 zone for some reason. Ashten (Langley) killed us inside too.”
Langley was a force in the middle for PR, finishing with a team-high 16 points. Alyssa Crook added eight while Beth Doty and Jordan Adams each had seven.
For Immaculata, Ellie Wolk had nine while Kasey Cannon finished with seven and Lainey Bell added five.
Pleasant Ridge, 7-1, will face Royal Valley Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Royal Valley Tournament.
Immaculata, 4-5, will open the Doniphan West Tournament tonight by taking on Maur-Hill at 4:30.
Lansing suffers ninth loss at Tongie Tourney
Opening up the 54th Annual Tonganoxie Invitational versus top seed Silver Lake, the Lansing girls’ basketball team suffered through its ninth loss of the season Monday.
In the first round matchup, the Lady Eagles proved to be too much for the Lady Lions by defeating the girls in red and white 60-31.
“We are continuing to fight through our battles and trying to get better every time we step on the court,” Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. “I thought we had a lot of ups and downs tonight. Some spurts and some not so great moments, but hopefully we can put all that together in the future and get a complete game.”
Page 2 of 2 - Lansing, 1-9, will face Bishop Seabury in the tournament’s second round at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Lady Spires defeated by Ottawa
The University of Saint Mary women’s basketball team couldn’t hang with Ottawa University Saturday and fell 82-65.
The defeat dropped the Lady Spires to 1-7 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 6-13 overall.
On Thursday, USM will try to snap its current two-game losing streak when it travels to Southwestern College at 6 p.m.