The problem for the Lady Raiders Tuesday wasn't making baskets. It was taking them.
Turnovers prevented Immaculata from having even a puncher's chance at scoring. Combine that lack of offensive execution with the sharp shooting of Troy's Alanie Stock, and the Raiders saw a 22-point halftime deficit become a 40-9 defeat.
"Other teams have the tape on us," Imac coach Terry Jordan said. "They have been manning up on us so far away from the basket that we're trying to force things that aren't there (and turning it over)."
To quantify the struggles, in the Lady Raiders' best quarter, the second, Imac shot 50 percent. But with eight turnovers, they only managed six shots. With that few attempts, even a 100 percent shooting clip would not have equaled Troy's output.
The loss makes it seven straight for the Lady Raiders and drops their record to 4-11.
"What's going on with us right now is all about coaching," Jordan said. "When the mental aspect of what you're trying to do gets away from your team, it's my job to figure how to get that back into play, and right now I'm not doing that well."
Both teams started slowly, with the first two baskets (both by Troy) not coming until halfway through the opening quarter.
In the second, each of Imac's three made baskets were followed by a Troy response. Stock then got locked in at the top of the key, and made five baskets, two of them 3-pointers.
Imac slowed its visitors considerably in the second half, but unfortunately, the Raider offense couldn't get it going. Immaculata posted just a single point in the half, a last-second free throw.
The schedule doesn't get any easier when the team hosts Jefferson County North Friday at 6 p.m.
"We'll be competitive in that for as long as we're able to play smart," Jordan said. "We'll definitely play better than we did tonight."
Furious comeback not enough for LV
Facing a 14-point deficit entering the final period Tuesday, things looked bleak for the Lady Pioneers.
However, a 9-0 run to begin the fourth at Lawrence Free State breathed new life into the Leavenworth girls' basketball team.
"We got them sped up and we just started to finally play," LV coach Derek Zeck said. "We missed shots after that though. We were cutting away, cutting away and then we just couldn't finish."
After getting within a bucket's reach of tying the ball game, the Lady Pioneers could not get over the hump against the Lady Firebirds and lost 63-58.
"We just didn't finish offensively all night," Zeck said. "We also gave up 63 points, but it's hard to defend turnovers and quick missed shots. You also have to give credit to them (Free State) for how they defended us."
Page 2 of 2 - Tashia Jones ended up with 23 points for a Lady Pioneer high while Tyler Johnson added 13.
The loss snaps the team's two-game winning streak. Leavenworth, 9-6, will be at Shawnee Mission South Friday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Lady Lions stumble in second half
Tuesday night the Lansing girls' basketball team looked to have chance at their third win of the season.
Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, Bonner Springs had other ideas. Thanks to a furious midgame run that put the Lady Braves in full control, the visitors knocked off Lansing 64-46.
"I was really proud of how we battled in the first half and stayed with them," Lady Lions coach Christine Robinson said. "We're having a hard time putting four consistent quarters together. That's one of struggles that we're trying to work on."
A 6-0 run to end the first half gave Bonner a 26-20 edge. The Lady Braves continued that streak into the third and didn't allow Lansing to score again until it was 35-20.
"I was frustrated with our lapses in the third quarter, but I thought we did a good job trying to fight back," Robinson said. "In the end, it was just too late and time ran out."
Mikayla Zielinski led Lansing with 12 points while Morgan Bromell had nine and Kjia Cammock added eight.
Lansing, 2-14, will play at Bishop Ward Friday at 5:45 p.m.
— James Howey
From bad to worse for PR girls
Another night, another loss for the Pleasant Ridge girls' basketball team.
After starting the season 7-1, the Lady Rams sustained a sixth-straight defeat Tuesday when it lost 37-25 at Horton.
"We have no will to win right now," Ridge coach Mike Koontz said. "It's everything. We are not making shots, not playing defense and simply not showing a passion to win."
A sluggish start again ruined the Lady Rams early. The team posted just nine points in the first half to face a 22-9 deficit at the break.
In the second half, Ridge never mounted a serious comeback.
Jordan Adams led the team in scoring with seven while Ashten Langley added six.
PR, 7-7, will host Oskaloosa Friday at 5:30 p.m.