With royalty in the building, it was only fitting that the Lady Rams won in grand fashion Friday.
The Pleasant Ridge girls' basketball team entertained a packed house by running circles around Oskaloosa on Winter Royalty night, winning 59-21.
Snapping their six-game losing streak was an added bonus.
"We needed this," PR coach Mike Koontz said. "We've had a tough stretch where we lost four of those six games by just a few points. We put it all together for the first time since mid-January."
Whether it was on fast breaks or in the half court, the PR offense hummed, particularly in a 40-point first half. The effort featured paint work, 3-pointers and near-perfect foul shooting — 8-of-10 in the first half.
The game was never in doubt as Ridge held Oskaloosa to just one point in the first quarter. It was 40-6 at half.
Ashten Langley led with 19 points, followed by Kelsey Carpenter and Jordan Adams with 11, and Beth Doty with six.
For Ridge, who is now 8-7, the win comes a game before facing arch-rival Immaculata Tuesday. PR won the first contest 44-29.
The teams square off in Easton Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Heartbreaking loss for Lady Pioneers
There's not much that stings more than a one-point loss.
Unfortunately for the Leavenworth girls' basketball team, the squad suffered through that very experience Friday.
In a nip-and-tuck contest, wherein LV and host Shawnee Mission South sat tied at half as well as at the end of the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers sustained a 40-39 defeat.
"We got a shot and a good luck at the end," Leavenworth coach Derek Zeck said. "Missed it, but Rachel Blackburn got a rebound and put it back up. I thought she got fouled, but instead we got the ball out of bounds with four seconds left. Had another good luck, but just couldn't hit it."
The opening period saw Leavenworth build a slim 14-10 advantage. Eight minutes later, that edge turned into a 21-21 tie, and after three quarters of play it was 31-31.
The fourth saw both teams scratch for points, yet in the end, South executed just a little bit better than the visitors — one point better to be exact.
"We just made a lot of youthful mistakes," Zeck said. "We held them to 29 percent from the field and shot 43 percent ourselves, but 16 turnovers hurt us bad. I was proud of the girls' overall effort though."
Blackburn led the team in scoring with 14 points, Tyler Johnson had 13 rebounds and Emma Zeck kicked in six assists.
The Lady Pioneers, 9-7, will host Olathe North at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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JCN too much for Lady Raiders
The odds were stacked high against the Immaculata girls' basketball team Friday — and they paid out in full.
Hosting Jefferson County North, the Lady Raiders simply could not stay with the defending 3-2-1A state champs. Imac lost 82-25.
"That is a program that do things right and that is how I would like to do them," Immaculata coach Terry Jordan said. "They do it the right way and you can tell."
After the first quarter, the score sat at 33-2. The deficit became 50-14 at half and then 73-25 after three quarters.
Nevertheless, Jordan still found the positive side, highlighting his team's never-say-die attitude.
"The best thing was how we played in the second half," Jordan said. "We were doing some things right and you saw them give each other some personal accolades, so it's something to build off of.
"If we can play that way against some of these other teams, we can compete."
Lainey Bell posted an Imac-high nine points. She was followed by Grace Parker's four while Mary Kate Wolken and Kasey Cannon each had three.
Immaculata, 4-12, will travel to face rival Pleasant Ridge at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Lansing race past Cyclones
It was a contest that was close from start to finish.
The Lansing girls' basketball, though, did just enough to pull away in the final quarter and win 60-52 over Bishop Ward.
"I'm really proud of how our team stepped up," Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. "Every single person contributed to this win tonight. My seniors did a great job."
After three quarters, the Lady Lions found themselves up 42-41. From then on, though, Lansing never looked back and used a 10-0 run to take command.
Madelyn Moya led Lansing with 11 rebounds for the game. Morgan Bromell led the Lions in scoring with 18 points, followed by Jasmine Meyer with 14 while Danielle Pendergraft and Madison Bosworth finished with nine.
Lansing 3-14, will play at Basehor Linwood Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.