Bobcats win, Rams battle tough in loss

So far, so good for the Lansing girls’ basketball team.

The Lions’ traveled to Kansas City to take on Turner in Kaw Valley League (KVL) action on Tuesday night and came away as the dominant forces they have proven to be early in the campaign.

Lansing moved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league play with an impressive, 58-30 win over their hosts as Gerenda Smith had 18 points and Taylor Lang added 15 points while Megan Ernzen and Regan Gatson added eight and seven points apiece.

“Those four are our core four and are our leading scorers,” Lansing head coach KC Simmons said. “It’s hard to defend us when you have four kids (scoring). Gerenda has been leading us, as this was her third, double-double. She was stuck behind some seniors last year and her minutes were limited. We need to take pride in our rebounding, but her and Regan have really taken that mindset.

“Last week was a big week for us beating Shawnee Heights and Seaman, teams we have struggled with. Seaman ended our year last year, so this was one the girls were ready for and had circled. The kids are getting excited.”

Lansing next plays against Bishop Ward at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Basehor girls roll over Bonner

After a couple of tough, non-league contests, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats got the ship right Tuesday night at Bonner Springs.

The long-time rivals saw BLHS jump out to a solid, halftime lead and they continued to cruise to an easy 49-33 win over the homestanding Braves.

Katie Yankovich continued her torrid start to the season with 20 points, while McKenzie Jones added nine points and Libby Stallbaumer added seven points for BLHS.

“We played well,” Bobcat head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. “The second and third quarters we played great.  This team has a lot of potential and is very versatile. We will continue to work hard in practice to get more consistent and find our true identity.”

The Bobcat girls and Bonner were deadlocked 5-5 after a sluggish first quarter, but then the BLHS squad got things going in the next 8-mintue period, outscoring the host Braves, 17-9 to lead 22-14 at the intermission.

The momentum carried over into the second half and the Bobcats never looked back to even their record at 2-2 overall and 2-0 in KVL play.

Pleasant Ridge battles tough

Despite a strong offensive showing, the Pleasant Ridge Rams couldn’t quite get enough shots to fall in a competitive, 65-56 loss at Jackson Heights on Tuesday.

The Rams (1-2, 1-2) were led by Lindsay Heim with 25 points while Julie Miller and Kaija Nutsch finished with eight points apiece.

“We clawed our way back, but just couldn’t get the extra push to finish,” Pleasant Ridge head coach Mike Koontz said. “We didn’t handle the pressure well. We did early, but as it went on, we got in a hurry sometimes and threw the ball away.

“To our credit, we played our butts off in the second half to get back into it. Early in the fourth quarter we hit a bucket to get to five, but didn’t have enough to keep it going. We just can’t get down that big so early.”

Things started off competitively for the Rams as they battled in a high-scoring first quarter, trailing the hosts 19-14 as the initial quarter came to an end.

However, the hosts exploded in the second quarter for 26 points and a suddenly, big, 45-28 lead heading into the intermission.

But the Rams buckled down on defense and made a big push in the third quarter, making it a game again, trailing 52-45 heading into the final quarter.

Both teams had no problem scoring, although the Rams could not do enough to overcome the deficit and fell in a tough outing.

Pleasant Ridge plays at home Friday against McLouth starting at approximately 6 p.m.