Rams run away from rival Raiders while Leavenworth, Lansing
Only time will tell if 2013 was just a blip in the radar, or if it marked a changing of the guard in the Immaculata-Pleasant Ridge girls' basketball rivalry.
What we do know is that for the second time this season, Pleasant Ridge held Imac at bay and racked up a decisive victory, this time by a 52-36 count.
Before this season, the PR girls hadn't beat Imac in over four years.
"It was kind of nice to beat them as a senior," Lady Ram Jordan Adams said.
The game looked like it had the makings of a grudge match early. Ridge held a slim 13-10 lead after the first quarter. But the team clamped down defensively on Imac point guard Lainey Bell in the second quarter, and dared the other Raiders to score.
"Bell was the one who was scoring on us early, so we put a man-and-one defense on her and denied her the ball," said PR girls' coach Mike Koontz.
The strategy worked. After Bell's 10 points in the first quarter, she was held to four in the next quarter and four in the second half. Meanwhile, her teammates couldn't pick up the slack.
"I've been stressing for us to slow it down and get it inside, but we can't do it," said Imac coach Terry Jordan. "We end up taking bad looks and allowing them to score going the other direction."
In the second and third quarters, PR took rebounds off long shots and pushed the ball up the floor effectively. The Lady Rams often scored or drew fouls inside when Imac couldn't get back fast enough to defend.
It was 30-17 at halftime, and an early run in the third assured PR the win.
For Pleasant Ridge, Kelsey Carpenter had 19 points and Ashten Langley added 13. For Immaculata, Lainey Bell ended up with 20. The next highest Raider scorer was Grace Parker with five.
The loss is the eighth in a row for the 4-13 Raiders, who play at McLouth at 6 p.m. Friday. Pleasant Ridge, 9-7, hosts Atchison County Friday for a 6 p.m. tip.
LV can't sustain second-half rally
All the momentum rested in Leavenworth's hands.
Thanks to an 11-2 surge, the Lady Pioneers basketball team carried a 29-28 advantage into the final quarter of play versus visiting Olathe Northwest Tuesday.
But everything unraveled from there. Behind an 11-5 reply, the Ravens recaptured the lead and went on to defeat LV 42-36.
"We started attacking after a bad start and I think the girls just started to believe," Lady Pioneers coach Derek Zeck said. "At the end when it went south, we stopped attacking."
The first half was a grind, for both teams. Fouls came quicker than baskets, leading to choppy play and inconsistent offense.
Northwest adapted better than Leavenworth, going up 11-0 to start. But by half, the home team narrowed the lead to 24-17.
Then came LV's second half surge. Intense defensive pressure coupled with aggressive offense led to several layups and free throws. A 6-0 run became 8-2 and by quarter's end, 11-2.
The result was a 29-28 Pioneer edge. In spite of that push, the fourth saw everything fall apart as Northwest cranked up its defensive trapping and press.
"We would dribble right into the trap and instead of throwing over the top, we would get there and freeze," Zeck said. "While you would like to get a win against a very good team that went to state last year, this is part of the process for us."
Emma Zeck ended with 12 points to lead LV, Tashia Jones added 10 and Tyler Johnson had eight.
The Lady Pioneers, 9-8, will host Shawnee Mission Northwest at 7 p.m. Friday.
Lady Lions bullied by Bobcats
Seemingly nothing went right for the Lansing girls' basketball team Tuesday, while everything went Basehor-Linwood's way.
Playing on its Kaw Valley League rival's court, the Lady Lions were chopped down 50-30.
"We had some great looks and shots, they just wouldn't fall." Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. "It was frustrating on the other end because Basehor was hitting everything."
Despite an inspiring effort in the second half, the Lady Lions never could recover from its poor start.
"I'm proud of the girls," Robinson said. "I thought they played hard."
Jasmine Meyer led Lansing in scoring with eight points and Morgan Bromell had seven.
Lansing, 3-15, will play at Mill Valley at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
"It was a frustrating lose," Robinson said. "We just couldn't get the ball in the hole."
— James Howey