Leavenworth, Lansing and Pleasant Ridge all win while Immaculata stumbles
The Lady Raiders basketball team rounded out their home schedule Tuesday with a disappointing loss to KC Christian.
Following a 21-15 halftime deficit, the team went on to sustain a 48-30 defeat. The loss capped off a 5-16 regular season that ended with 12 losses in their final 13 games.
“The last two years we were beating all these teams,” Imac girls' coach Terry Jordan said. “I guess what goes around comes around.”
Immaculata begins sub-state play early next week, more than likely without their captain, senior Lainey Bell.
In a briefly scary moment Tuesday, Bell was carted off to the hospital late in the fourth following a tussle for a loose ball. She never lost consciousness, though, and had feeling in her extremities.
At press time Bell's mother, Jennifer Espinosa, was still waiting to hear the results of a scan, but she sounded assured that Bell would be fine.
As she had many times in her high school career, Bell led the Lady Raiders Tuesday with eight points.
“There’s no one who works harder on a day-to-day basis than she does,” Jordan said of the captain.
Ellie Wolk put in six points and Georgia Dean had five to round out the team's top scorers.
— Ian Stanford
Lady Pioneers warming up
After suffering a mini three-game losing streak two weeks ago, the Leavenworth girls' basketball team appears to have regained its swagger.
For the second straight game, the Pioneers captured a victory Tuesday when it beat Olathe East 39-36.
“We were up seven late and we did everything possible to lose the game,” LV coach Derek Zeck said. “Not to take a credit from them, because after sitting in a zone all game long they pressured and forced us into turnovers in that fourth.
“In the end, though, we made stops defensively and as a young team learned how to get through a situation like this.”
The home team's zone really caused problems for Leavenworth early. The Lady Pioneers faced a 21-16 deficit at half and a 30-25 disadvantage early in the final quarter.
But a 10-0 run by the visitors gave way to a late lead, where LV was able to do just enough to win.
“It took us awhile to figure out their zone as they just literally sat in it until the end,” Zeck said. “When we finally did, we were able to make shots.”
Emma Zeck led the Lady Pioneers with 13 points while Tashia Jones had nine, Tyler Johnson eight and Rachel Blackburn seven.
Leavenworth, 11-8, will wrap up its regular season Thursday with a 7 p.m. game at Shawnee Mission West.
Lansing girls smother Turner
The Lady Lions' basketball team wasted little time Tuesday at Turner.
Thanks to a dominant defensive performance and a strong inside presence offensively, Lansing wiped out Turner 60-24.
“We played great defense to get out early,” Lansing coach Christine Robinson said. “Overall, I was just really proud of how we played. We've never held someone to 24 points this season so it was good to see us shut them down.”
By half, the Lady Lions were up 20-points and allowed Turner just 14 first-half points. From there, the ladies in red and white piled on to complete the 36-point victory.
“We just played basketball,” Robinson said. “We stuck to our game plan and fed it inside where our players made shots. Our size was a big difference for us.”
Leading the charge inside was Madison Bosworth, who had 18 points, followed by Jasmine Meyer's 12 and Mikayla Zilenski's seven. Morgan Bromell chipped in eight assists.
Lansing, 4-15, will wrap up the regular season by hosting Piper at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Lady Rams grind out road win
A back-and-forth affair resulted in a Pleasant Ridge win Tuesday.
The Lady Rams' basketball team used precision and free throws down the stretch to knock off host Valley Falls 42-39.
“We made free throws to finish the game,” PR coach Mike Koontz said. “We were down 39-37 with two minutes left and executed two plays well enough to take the lead. From there, we had enough stops and free throws to win the game.”
Beth Doty led the squad with 10 points, followed by Kelsey Carpenter and Ashten Langley each adding eight and Abby Reed threw in seven.
Ridge, 10-8, will travel to Doniphan West Friday for a 6 p.m. game.