Roundup for boys' and girls' results in the area
In their first action since learning their school would shut its doors at the end of the school year due to financial problems, the Immaculata boys’ basketball team beat the buzzer Friday night.
Sophomore Zach Schwinn drilled a 35-foot, desperation jumper that dropped through the bottom of the net and a 38-36 Northeast Kansas League win over Valley Falls.
The Raiders beat the buzzer. Oh, the irony.
“It means a lot to me even though our school is going to be closing down this year,” Schwann said. “It seemed like a sigh of hope that anything can happen. No matter what we will have a chance in everything we do. We have 17 games left and we aren’t done yet.
“We all had a little fire on our bellies, because we all wanted to do our best. I love every one of those guys I play with. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
IMAC (2-3) rode the energy in the building as the student body in attendance turned their home gym into a Woodstock for basketball. It was a scene fitting of camaraderie and love for their fellow Raiders and their final chapter together.
The Raiders led 26-15 at halftime before the Dragons made a big push.
IMAC’s once comfortable lead was clipped to 30-26 before the eventful fourth quarter.
The energy of the gym rose as the Raiders kept the Dragons at bay, leading 35-31 late, before the Dragons ultimately would rally late and take a 36-35 on a free throw with 6.2 seconds left.
The Raiders got the ball to half court and 1.8 seconds left before a timeout that would lead to Schwinn’s splash that caused a mini tornado in a small gym turned into a massive celebration.
Schwinn finished with 19 points and Alan Robinson tallied 10 points for IMAC.
“That was a lot of fun,” Molitoris said. “These kids are winners. We obviously talked about the news with the school quite a bit. They were all disappointed and we talked about controlling the controllable and the teams that we play don’t particularly care about that stuff and we have to go out and do our jobs. The kids did that. This is huge from a confidence stand point.”
Valley Falls’ girls took an early, big lead and never looked back to beat IMAC (0-5), 48-14, in the first game of the varsity doubleheader.
Jordan Sachse led the Raiders with five points.
“We ran into a really good team tonight,” IMAC girls’ head coach James Bishop said. “Foul trouble hurt us and we have two seniors that were on the bench for a majority of the game and that hurts both offensively and defensively.
“You are not going to win many games in this league scoring 14 points, but defensively I didn’t think it was that bad. Most of their points game on steals at half court…and they would get easy layups. We played Valley Falls basketball and not Immaculata basketball tonight.”
Leavenworth ends Sunflower skid
Led by freshman Reese Williams' 15 points and 11 rebounds and Devin Johnston's 12 points and five assists, the Leavenworth Pioneers won 59-47 at Shawnee Mission Northwest to break a 29-game Sunflower League losing streak.
LVHS (2-3, 1-1) made 14 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off for the win.
Zach Thiel added 11 points and four rebounds for the victorious Pioneers.
Pleasant Ridge drops decision at Horton
The Rams's Noah Trader blistered the nets for 26 points, but it wasn't enough for Pleasant Ridge, which dropped a 50-40 decision at Horton.
"I am proud of our boys tonight," Pleasant Ridge head coach Drew Williams said. We were not very good in the first half with our execution. Our effort and desire were there, but we are still doing a lot of learning out there. We did a nice job with starting to get our comfort level and feel for the game as we corrected some execution things.
"Noah was really good tonight and he continues to work each day to be better than he was the day before. Horton was a solid team and has some really nice pieces."
Lansing loses to Piper, 63-51
Basehor-Linwood over Tonganoxie, 54-24
Leavenworth wins again on the road
Terrion Moore and Zoie Hayward tickled the twine for 18 and 17 points apiece and the Leavenworth Pioneer girls (5-1, 2-0) won 46-39 at Shawnee Mission Northwest Friday night.
Aarika Lister added seven points and eight rebounds for LVHS.
Lansing drops home decision to Piper
Megan Ernzen finished with 15 points and four assists and Gerenda Smith added 10 points, but it wasn't enough for Lansing which dropped a 66-55 decision against Kaw Valley League foes Piper.
"Our girls showed up in full force tonight and put up a good fight against one of the most talented teams in the state," Lansing head coach Christine Robinson said. "Many girls stepped up and fulfilled their roles and we battled until the end."
Pleasant Ridge loses at Horton, 47-43
Basehor-Linwood over Tonganoxie, 57-35