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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LV girls roll on senior night

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  • Senior night at Leavenworth High School began with senior Emma Zeck singing the national anthem, and the scoring in the Lady Pioneers' game stopped with a bucket from Zeck.
    The Lady Pioneers won 59-30 against shawnee Mission West to end the regular season 19-1.
    "It's weird," Zeck said. "It doesn't feel real. I don't believe that it's almost over."
    The emotions poured out when the PA announcer read that Zeck said she had her parents to thank for what's she's been able to do in her life.
    "He read that thing about my parents before, so I started crying," Zeck said. "So it made me a little shaky, but it was good."
    Zeck finished the game with 12 points  and led the team with four assists.
    Junior Rachel Blackburn led the team with 13 points, while junior Tyler Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.  
    Freshman Terrion Moore added 10 points for LHS.
    "I thought tonight we played probably the best we've played all year long as far as unselfishly," LHS head coach Derek Zeck said. "We shred the ball and everybody was on point and we played well defensively."
    The Lady Pioneers pulled out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter by using an effective full-court defense and mixing in traps in the half court. Five Lady Pioneers scored during the opening period.
    SM West would keep it a 15-point game at halftime, but LHS quickly pulled away to a 45-22 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
    Five Lady Pioneers contributed to the team's 14 fourth-quarter points.
    The Lady Pioneers will host a sub-state game at 7 p.m. Thursday. If LHS wins, it will play Saturday for a chance to qualify for the state tournament.
    Pioneers 58, SM West 66
    The Pioneers had a close game most of the night, but SM West built a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and beat LHS 66-58.
    The Pioneers made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that helped them pull within a couple of possessions several times, but the SM West offense couldn't be stopped.
    The Vikings scored 17 points in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth quarter.
    Sophomore Dominique Miller drained a 3-pointer to get within seven points with 5:50 left and senior Cameron Wiggins scored the Pioneers' next nine points from beyond the arc, but the Vikings answered back with points each time.
    Wiggins led LHS with 21 points, while Miller scored 12. Seniors Grant Lang and Colin Anderson scored eight and four, respectively.
    Senior Jason Randall hit two early 3-pointers to score six and junior Jeromie Simmons scored five.
    LHS struggled on the glass, but Anderson managed eight rebounds to lead the team.
    The Pioneers will go on the road Wednesday for sub-state, most likely playing at 7 p.m. against Shawnee Heights.

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