The stories of girls' high school basketball games can often be revealed in the all-important turnover statistic.
Leavenworth's 13 total turnovers Friday against Shawnee Mission Northwest told the tale of how Lady Pioneers Rashayla Mathis and Emma Zeck handled its visitor's constant full-court pressure.
Their unflappable guard play along with good second half shooting and tough interior defense led Leavenworth to a 55-41 victory.
And not only did the win come on senior night against one of the Sunflower League's top teams, but it also snapped a three-game slide.
"We had some illness to deal with and played some good teams too," Pioneer girls' coach Derek Zeck said about the losing streak. "In this league, every night is really tough."
The 13 turnovers were the third lowest total on the season, which is particularly impressive since the Pioneers faced full-court pressure the entire second half as Northwest tried to come back.
If anything, the Lady Cougars' press made Leavenworth more dangerous, allowing favorable one-on-one matchups down low for forwards Tyler Johnson, Tashia Jones and Rachel Blackburn.
Johnson had 15 points and Blackburn had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"Obviously, we have an advantage down low on most nights," Zeck said.
Starting at the beginning of the second half, Leavenworth took a one-point lead and stretched it to double-digits by the end of the third.
That lead remained comfortable throughout the end of the game.
"We feel like we have a chance against every team in this league," Mathis, who had eight points and five assists, said.
Leavenworth, now 10-8, goes to Olathe East Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
— Ian Stanford
Lady Raiders pull out road win
Ten seconds was all that was remained between the Immaculata girls' basketball team and victory Friday.
However, that was plenty of time for host McLouth to nail a game-tying 3-pointer, which they did.
From there, chaos reigned. Mary Kate Wolken pulled the ball out of the net and inbounded to Lainey Bell, who drove the speed of light up the court. Bell pulled up for a game winner's glory, but the shot rang hard and fell to the masses below.
Out of that scrum, Immaculata's Grace Parker ended up with ball and an empty lane to the basket.
With a second left on the clock, Parker was fouled attempting a shot. She hit the corresponding free throws and gave Imac a 45-43 victory.
"Oh we had a game tonight," Immaculata coach Terry Jordan said. "The good thing was we were able to run our offense. The bad thing was we took 71 shots and missed a lot."
"That kept them in the game and it was tight throughout, but Grace took it around the corner at the end and force them to foul her."
Page 2 of 2 - Bell finished the contest with 22 points while Parker had eight and Ellie Wolk added six.
The Lady Raiders, 5-13, will play at ACCHS at 6 p.m. Monday.
Lansing girls fall at Mill Valley
It was a rough night to say the least for the Lansing girls' basketball team.
"We struggled," Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. "They are a really strong team with a lot of seniors."
After being outscored 19-6 in the first quarter, the Lady Lions went on to lose 54-27 to host Mill Valley Friday.
Morgan Bromell put in seven points to lead Lansing while Carly Bohannon and Madelyn Moya had six. Lansing, 3-16, will play at Turner Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
— James Howey
Lady Rams' effort foiled by fouls
Though the final score looked lopsided, the Lady Rams' basketball game versus ACCHS Friday was far from it.
After a slow start, Pleasant Ridge battled to cut its deficit down to 25-19 at half. A strong third quarter saw that narrow to four, but foul trouble delivered the final blow in the fourth.
ACCHS outscored Ridge 22-13 over the final quarter of play, thanks in large part to 28 total free throws, to win 53-36.
"I know the final score doesn't show it, but I thought we played great defense," PR coach Mike Koontz said. "They got to the line a lot, we didn't and that was the difference. But overall, we played very well, hard and together as a team."
Beth Doty collected 14 points, Kelsey Carpenter pitched in 11 and Jordan Adams nine.
Pleasant Ridge, 9-8, will play at Valley Falls Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.