Two former rivals in the Kaw Valley League decided to meet up Friday for a little non-conference basketball tussle at Lansing High School.
The host Lions took on a similar and familiar foe in the Mill Valley Jaguars and it was a game of two teams still trying to find their way.
Mill Valley was able to point itself in the right direction at the most inopportune times for Lansing and would slowly pull away for a 67-57 win over the Lions.
Jaden Remington (26 points) and Caleb Adams (13 points) led Lansing (3-10) in the defeat.
“It was a better effort than it had been in the last four games probably,” LHS head coach Mark McQuillan said. “We moved the ball decently tonight, but still coming short on guys getting the ball to catch and shoot like we want them to and guys wanting to take the ball to the basket more often. Overall, we competed tonight and didn’t quit, but we had some lulls…you just have to get over them. Ups and down happen.
“The biggest thing with young guys that they don’t understand it's one possession at a time. They do think there is a 6-point shot, they do think there is a 10-point play. Instead of understanding the patience and the calm, they are not recognizing the moment, working their way through it and trust in what we are doing.”
The two equally measured clubs battled back-and-forth in the game's first eight minutes of the contest with the Jaguars getting the best of play, leading 16-13, but not without the Lions letting them know this would be a game.
Then the Lions would tie things at 20-all when Remington went on a 7-point run his own thanks in part to two butterfly winged baseline jumpers in the first four minutes of the second quarter.
Ultimately, the Jaguars would roll into halftime up 29-25, but neither team had a true grip on the momentum or game flow.
Mill Valley was able to push the lead to 45-38 going into the fourth quarter, using a 12–4 run to end the eight minutes after halftime.
Then things in the fourth quarter went sour as the Lions' offense went south enough to open up Mill Valley's edge as the Jaguars pulled away behind a solid scoring attack from inside and out to pull away.
“At the beginning of the game we started off really well: scoring and playing good defense,” Remington said. “In the second half, we didn’t really stick to our assignments. It’s just a problem we have and we need to fix that. It’s a little bit about panicking and are not really used to that kind of stuff. As they get an increase in the lead is where we start losing hope, I guess.”
“I got in a rhythm early on and the shot was going good.”