The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run, but the Lansing Lions responded with a 14-0 run and went on to win 64-52 Friday.
It was 45-39 Lansing after three quarters, but a 3–pointer from the right wing and a steal that led to a pair of free throws made it a one-point game with 7:19 left.
Lansing senior Joe Schneider then hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to get the Lions rolling.
“The shots haven’t been falling lately, but I’ve been putting up extra shots after practice every day,” Schneider said. “They started falling tonight, so that felt good.”
LHS would use defense, rebounding and offensive execution to pull away.
“We just needed to get defensive stops and sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and get stops and rebound,” LHS head coach Rod Briggs said. “We did that.”
Senior Joe Lendway got open underneath the basket for layups and the Lions made five free throws to help with the run.
Senior Donate Gibson made two free throws after being intentionally fouled to make it 54-44 Lions with 4:24 left.
Then Lendway got a layup, senior Khalil Bailey got a bucket inside the paint and Schneider made a free throw to cap off the run.
Basehor stopped the run with a 3-pointer within the last two minutes of the game, but Lansing maintained the lead to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Schneider led the Lions with 21 points. Gibson and Lendway scored 15 and 11, respectively.
Bailey and senior Zack Jackson each scored eight points.
The Lions will play in the Shawnee Mission West Tournament next week.
The Lady Lions were behind early and lost 55-48 to fall to 3-6 on the season.
The Lady Bobcats led 16-6 after the first quarter and 33-20 at halftime.
The Lady Lions would slowly cut into the lead and get within seven points with 4:41 left in the game, but couldn’t make the needed run to come back.
LHS won the rebounding battle, but had a number of turnovers.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” LHS head coach Christine Robinson said. “They pressed us and we’ve got a couple of freshman out there still learning how to play in the system. It wasn’t just them, but everybody didn’t take care of the ball. Everybody’s got to step up and handle the ball better.”
Sophomore Madelyn Moya and freshman Destini Mathis tried to lead a comeback in the fourth quarter.
“They didn’t give up and I’m proud of them for that,” Robinson said. “They played hard till the end.”
Mathis converted an old-fashion three-point play early in the fourth quarter to get within eight points.
She continued to attack the basket and draw fouls that led to five free throws during the quarter.
She ended up with eight points for the game.
Moya led the Lady Lions with 11 points, with five of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Junior Kija Cammock scored eight points, while senior Mikayla Zielinski scored seven.
The Lady Lions will compete in the Tonganoxie Tournament next week.