Second-half gets away from Rams on royalty night; Lansing blows out Bishop Ward while Leavenworth, Imac suffer big losses

One of the highlights for the Pleasant Ridge boys Friday was senior forward Teddy Pekrul winning royalty king at halftime.
Unfortunately, the game couldn’t match that moment, as the Rams basketball team saw an eight-point halftime deficit balloon to 20 by early in the fourth.
It didn’t get any better for the Ridge late, as Oskaloosa went on to wrap up a 62-36 final.
“One of our guys won winter royalty and I was really happy for him,” PR boys coach Sean Murphy said. “But I’d rather us get a win.”
The squads tussled in a low-scoring, closely-contested game early. It was a one-point Bear lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bears started slicing through the lane and scoring from close. Fouls started piling up for the Rams as well. Oskaloosa shot 21 free throws on the game. The Rams shot five (making just one).
From there, the visitors took over in the final quarter.
Blaine Monroe and Jagar Haack led Ridge in scoring with eight points a piece.
The Rams, 1-13, play Immaculata at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

— Ian Stanford

Pioneers suffer ugly defeat
Things went from bad to worse for Pioneer basketball Friday.
Mired in a six-game losing streak, Leavenworth got blown out 82-52 at the hands of Shawnee Mission South.
“Number one, they are really good and shot lights out,” LV coach Larry Hogan said. “They virtually did not miss, but we also turned the ball over a lot and just were too sloppy.”
It was bad from the start for the Pioneers. After one quarter of play, the score rested at 32-8 in favor of the home team.
LV faced a 30-point deficit by halftime, 54-24, and at the end of three quarters it was 74-51. The fourth saw the final rest at 82-52.
Shane Chikerema posted 14 points to lead the Pioneers while Cameron Wiggins added 11 and Jason Randall eight.
“I thought Cameron did an outstanding job all the way around,” Hogan said. “Shane and Jason played well, as did Grant Lang, who took some charges. But as a team, we need to rebound and defensively stop giving up so much penetration.”
Leavenworth, 6-10, will try to snap out of its funk Tuesday when the team hosts Olathe North at 7 p.m.

Chargers too much for Imac
The inside of presence of Jefferson County North Friday proved too strong for the Immaculata boys’ basketball team.
It was the first thing Raiders head coach Mike Connelly highlighted after Imac lost 56-28 to the visiting Chargers.
“They scored 31 points inside the paint and we really didn’t have answer for their inside game,” Connelly said.
Sean Murray was Imac’s high scorer on the night with 10 points, nine of which came from behind the 3-point line, while Danny Boisson added five.
Immaculata, 5-11, will travel to Pleasant Ridge Tuesday for a 7 p.m. rivalry showdown.
“You hate to lose like that, but if we can learn something from it and it helps us down the road, we are far better off,” Connelly said.

Lions stomp Bishop Ward
The Lansing boys' basketball team made quick work of Bishop Ward Friday, beating its hosts 68-22.
“We finally performed against a team we should beat pretty badly,” Lions coach Rod Briggs said. “We actually played a really good ball game.”
Offensively, Lansing was on fire. They converted 13-of-17 attempts from the 3-point mark. Defensively, the Lions rolled through the game, holding the Cyclones to single-digit points in all quarters.
“We played unselfish, played as a team and I couldn't be more proud of how we played tonight,” Briggs said.
Zack Jackson led Lansing in scoring with 18 points. Joe Schneider followed with nine, Evan Harris and Clay Young each had eight.
Lansing 15-1, will play at Basehor Linwood Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
— James Howey