After last year’s lone regular season loss to Piper High School, the Lansing Lions were out for revenge Tuesday.
LHS and Piper were tied at 48 apiece with 2:56 left in the third quarter, but the Lions went on a 14-0 run and went on to an 84-73 win.
“We really wanted them this year, so it was a big win,” LHS senior Zach Jackson said.
Jackson scored three of his team-leading 23 points during the third-quarter run with a long-range shot from the left wing.
Senior Khalil Bailey made four free throws, senior Ben Johnson made a layup, senior Dontae Gibson knocked in a pair of free throws and junior Krystian Abbott made a 3-pointer from the left corner during the run.
LHS started the game with a 15-4 run that was capped off with a steal and layup by Jackson, but the Pirates came back and kept it close until late in the third quarter.
Piper took a two-point lead with 2:02 left in the first half after a steal and layup. The lead would grow to six points a halftime.
Jackson, Bailey and senior Joe Schneider got into foul trouble, so the Pirates took advantage.
“We just had a real bad second quarter and some was self-inflicted,” LHS head coach Rod Briggs said.
Piper would make a long jumper early in the second half to expand the Pirates’ lead to eight points, but Lansing would outscore them 23-1 in the final 6:13 of the third quarter.
The Lions would turn defense into offense, including a steal by Jackson that led to an old-fashion three-point play.
“We pretty much kind of live off that to be honest,” Briggs said. “We’ve got to get better at our half-court offense, but we really live off transition defense. That’s how you win games. Playing good defense and turning turnovers into offense.”
LHS wouldn’t surrender the lead after Jackson stole the ball away, got intentional fouled and made both free throws with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
The Lions had two transition buckets off steals during the 15-4 first-quarter run. Gibson’s steal led to a layup for Schneider and Jackson’s steal mentioned earlier that capped off the run.
“That’s what we want to do, especially with athletic guys like Khalil, Dontae and Joe,” Jackson said. “We want to get them out on the break and scoring quick points.”
The win puts Lansing at 8-0 for the season heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against Basehor-Linwood.
The Lansing girls team is 3-5 after losing 39-31.
The first quarter ended with a 4-4 tie with both teams struggling offensively and turning the ball over.
Senior Jasmine Meyer scored all four of the Lady Lions’ first-quarter points and five of the team’s nine second-quarter points.
“She came in like a senior with vengeance,” LHS head coach Christine Robinson said. “I was real proud of the way she stepped up and handled the scoring opportunities when she was given them.”
Meyer led the team with 11 points. LHS had three players score four points.
Piper led 18-13 at halftime and 28-23 after three quarters.
LHS made some small runs, but weren’t able to sustain them.
The Lady Lions went on a 4-0 run to end the first quarter, a 5-0 run in the second quarter and a 4-0 run in the third quarter.
“We struggled at times and we played well at times,” Robinson said. Then we went back to struggling at times. We are working on putting it together and trying to get a complete game.”
The game was tied at 21 late in the third quarter, but Piper ended the period on a 7-2 run.
Freshman Maya Cooper would knock in the first two points on the fourth quarter, but Piper would outscore LHS 11-6 in the final five and a half minutes of the game.
LHS won the rebound battle by eight, but struggled to transition them into points.
“It helped keep us in the game, but it just wasn’t quite enough,” Robinson said.
The Lady Lions host Basehor-Linwood Friday at 5:45 p.m.