Late 3-pointer sinks Raiders during senior night; Lansing wins on Tuesday, but Leavenworth and Pleasant Ridge both lose
The Immaculata boys' basketball team made a run late in the third quarter Tuesday to make for a nail-biting finish.
However, the Raiders couldn't quite finish the job on senior night, losing 37-34 to KC Christian.
The visitors hit a big 3-pointer in the final minute to go up five, and the Raiders couldn't respond until a Sean Murray buzzer-beater, which was three points short.
"They executed down the stretch and we didn't," Raiders' coach Mike Connelly said. "It didn't help that we had two guys that had to stay on the bench a lot in the second half because of foul trouble."
KC Christian asserted themselves in the lane early in the second half and worked their way out to a two-possession lead, but Imac went on a mini-run late to cut it to two at the start of the fourth.
The final quarter was a one-possession game most of the way until the Panthers' clutch 3-pointer sank Imac.
Connor Schmidling led the scoring for the Raiders with 16. Sean Murray had eight and Josh Boeppler had six.
Immaculata is projected to play Jefferson County North Monday in its sub-state opener. The Raiders lost to JCN 56-28 earlier this year.
— Ian Stanford
Poor start ruins Leavenworth
After the first quarter Tuesday, the Pioneers boys' basketball team trailed 21-6.
For the rest of the game, Leavenworth tried to catch up to its host Olathe East, but never could as the team suffered its 10th-straight defeat 54-42.
We never really recovered from that terrible first quarter," Leavenworth coach Larry Hogan said. "We got it down to seven or eight one time, but they just packed in a zone to clog up the middle and we had a hard time scoring."
Following the rough start, the Pioneers clawed back to within single digits in the third quarter thanks to its press. However, the rally failed to get any closer in the fourth.
Just too many turnovers and we weren't aggressive enough early," Hogan said.
Jeff George finished with 14 points to lead LV while Cameron Wiggins and Grant Lang each added nine.
The Pioneers, 6-13, will host Shawnee Mission West Friday at 7 p.m.
Lansing stays tough in win
With its 62-45 win Tuesday at Turner, the Lions basketball team achieved half of a season long goal — a Kaw Valley League title.
Now guaranteed at least a share of the conference crown, Lansing will go for sole-possession of the achievement when it hosts Piper Friday. The Pirates are the only team to beat the 18-1 Lions so far this year.
Nobody wants to have a league title with two losses to the same team, so Friday is a big game," Lansing coach Rod Briggs said.
Against Turner, the Lions accumulated an early lead but saw the Bears claw back in a sloppy second quarter. That changed in the third, however, as the visitors reinserted its dominance to take the 17-point win.
We were only up five at half because that second quarter we didn't play focused and fouls hurt us," Briggs said. "But we used our athleticism and we shot decently enough to pull away."
Zach Jackson led that attack with 16 points, on nine shots, while Joe Schneider added 12 and Clay Young chipped in 13. Roy Clayter contributed 11.
Lansing will host Piper Friday at 7 p.m.
Valley Falls washes away Pleasant Ridge
On Tuesday, Valley Falls defeated the Pleasant Ridge boys' basketball team 73-37.
"We got jumped on early and still can't buy a basket," PR boys' coach Sean Murphy said.
The Rams, 1-18, will travel to Doniphan West Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.