Late LHS girls', early Basehor boys' barrage spark wins for both teams

Lansing and Basehor-Linwood High school basketball teams met up Tuesday for the first of two final games as rivals and members of the dissolving Kaw Valley League.

When the fall comes, the two will will be two of six members of the new United Kansas Conference, but first things first.

LHS girls hang on

Behind a late push, the Lansing girls bounced back from its first defeat of the season last week with an impressive win over the rival Bobcats in a knockdown, drag out battle both teams came to expect.

Lansing moved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in league play with a 46-41 ground out win between two teams tougher than the walls of the gym they played in.

Lansing was sparked by the play of Gerenda Smith (16 points) and Taylor Lang (14 points).

“Anytime you get a win against Basehor it's nice because they are our rival,” Lansing head coach KC Simmons said. “The kids did some things well and did some things poorly, there is always room for growth. Starting off the week with a win was a positive. You know when a team isn’t going to give up and challenge everything, you are going to rush it a little bit. (BLHS) is non-stop and they do all the little things right. They were the first ones on the floor every, single time and they rebounded way better than we did.”

Riley Tinder led BLHS (3-5, 3-1) with 14 points while Libby Stallbaumer added six points.

“Both teams fought really hard, played really hard, credit to Lansing,” BLHS head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. “They kind of pulled away a little bit…we fought our way back into and it’s really awesome for the girls to get back in it to get down two with less than a minute left with a chance to win it like that - having a chance to win. We had more turnovers that we’ve ever had - we’ve played most games with less than 10 turnovers and we had nine tonight by halftime. We have to fix that.

“I am not upset with our shots in our second half either, they can go in. We just rushed it a little bit and we do make them. The girls want to win to prove that they are good. We just have to keep fighting. Lansing played really hard and our girls played really hard as well.”

The two teams engaged in a game one would expect between these two girls' clubs: A physical, slobber knocker with plenty of bodies on the floor and fights for rebounds that would make MMA contestants cringe.

Lansing led 12-9 and most of the first half before a Tinder layin and a Lucy Lally follow up helped the Bobcats to a 17-15 edge midway through the second quarter.

Lansing trailed by four before their own mini rally tied things at 19-apiece.

Both teams struggled scoring for most of the half and ultimately the Lions took a 20-19 lead into halftime.

The offenses picked up a bit after halftime, but the physical, testy nature of the contest continued and BLHS entered the fourth quarter up 33-32.

Lansing scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and a Lang triple just north of the 5-minute make, but the Lions up 37-33.

“Always playing Basehor you always know what you are coming into and you always know they are going to give it  a fight no matter their personnel - they are going to give it their all,” Lansing’s Megan Ernzen said. “It’s a really good win and a good way to bounce back (from Friday’s loss at Piper). It’s a good way to fight back. 

“They definitely put a lot of pressure which sped up the game on both ends. Offensively, we sped up and that’s why we had turnover after turnover because we felt rushed because of their defense.”

Lansing would build its lead to seven, but as the Bobcats known to do, they didn't give up and cut the gap to 43-41, before a late Lansing free throw and defensive stand gave the Lions pole position once again.

That would be enough.

“It was a good game and both teams are really good,” Tinder said. “We are getting better every game and doing our part on our side of the court. Next time it will still be a good matchup. We have to stick with it from start to finish and play as a team. We are never going to give up, but we just need to work on things in practice and we will get better.”

Bobcat boys roll to easy win

Coming off a tough weekend, the Basehor-Linwood boys’ basketball team carried that momentum into Tuesday’s contest against the Lions and it certainly paid off.

Behind a huge shooting display in the first 16 minutes, the Bobcats rolled to a 42-16 halftime lead and cruised to a 62-24 win to move to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in KVL play.

Jacob Coleman led Basehor-Linwood while Connor Younger added 13 points.

“I was just game from Saturday carried on from today,” BLHS head coach Mike McBride said, noting the Bobcats’ big win over Liberty North (MO) over the weekend. “We played together…we missed six free throws at the end, because we were tired: We were working hard. Tonight was important, because the confidence carried over. Our shooting percentage was horrible heading into Liberty North. This is the team I thought we had.

“We are starting to figure it out, so it was nice to see the confidence tonight.”

Konner McQuillan led Lansing (2-7, 1-4) with seven points.

The last three games for Lansing led to heavy defeats, albeit at the hands of some very tough competition.

“Three good teams, but it all starts on the defensive end, if you don’t play defense, all of a sudden you can’t play good offense,” Lansing head coach Mark McQuillan said. “That’s where it all starts for us, that’s where it starts for everybody. We aren’t doing what we need to do right now and we can’t find five guys who want to do it together. It’s something we have to work on. 

“We are young, but that’s not excuse. A lot of these guys have played a lot of basketball, it’s just not high school, organized, disciplined basketball. To play at the level we are at and the teams we play? You have to be disciplined.”

For BLHS, the game was a byproduct of a lot of hard work.

“It wasn’t easy because we put a lot of work behind the scenes into it,” Coleman said. “It looked easy on the scoreboard, but it came with a lot of work. It’s about confidence. First couple games we didn’t have confidence, but now we are getting in the groove, trusting in each other and playing as a team. We need to get 32 minutes. Right now we are playing 16 minutes hard…play strong, play hard for 32 minutes.

“Actually working hard in a game, means working hard in practice as well.”