The Leavenworth High Pioneers’ girls’ basketball team finished fifth in the Firebird Winter Classic in Lawrence over the weekend.
After an opening 53-46 first-round defeat against Wichita Heights, the Pioneers won their final two games to move to 7-5 overall.
LVHS defeated Lawrence Free State in a consolation semifinal on Friday, winning 47-40.
McKenzie Brown and Cierra Brown finished with 15 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the winners.
“It was disappointing to lose a game we were ahead at halftime in on Thursday, but we played a solid game on Friday against a young, well-coached team in Free State,” LVHS head coach Derek Bissitt said. “Overall, I was pleased with our effort.”
In the consolation final, the Pioneers overcame foul trouble in a 59-53 win over Junction City on Saturday.
The game saw 44 fouls called, but Leavenworth overcame the whistle behind Cierra Robinson’s 26 points while Alisha Jones added 12 points and Alyche Brown poured in 10 pounds.
The game took nearly two hours to play due to the excessive whistles.
“We had a couple of freshmen (Saniyah Hammonds and Sedona Posh) who came off the bench in the third quarter and saw first-time varsity action,” Bissitt said. “They played several minutes and did a good job for us with two girls sitting with four fouls and a twisted ankle for Alisha.
“In all three games the third quarter was our biggest nemesis. We played pretty well throughout the tournament, but we have got to come out with more energy and execute in third quarter. We can't play so hard the first half and then lay an egg in third and have to play catch-up in the fourth."
Lansing girls take 5th
The Lions of Lansing defeated Spring Hill 63-44 on Saturday to claim fifth place at the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament.
The Lions (10-3) lost in the opener 57-56 against Wellsville and then knocked off Anderson County 56-14 in the consolation semifinals.
Regan Gatson and Megan Ernzen were named to the all-tournament team from the Lions.
Gerenda Smith (16 points), Ernzen (15 points), Taylor Lang (11 points) and Regan Gatson (10 points) led the way in the Wellsville loss.
Smith had 15 points to lead Lansing over Anderson County, while Gatson had 16 points and Lang 15 points to spark the Lansing girls over Spring Hill.
The Pioneers went 2-3 at Olathe North to finish in sixth place overall.
“We are still battling our growing pains but definitely making strides in a positive direction,” LVHS head coach Jacob Beck said. “We saw some really good teams today and that's what we wanted. Consistency is something we are struggling a bit with at the moment, which is to be expected a bit with the youth movement we have.
“I'm happy in the way we competed for five duals though. I need to do my job and get better to help these kids moving forward through the stretch run.”
Individual and dual results were not available.
BLHS at Baldwin
The Bobcats’ wrestling team took third place at the BIT in Baldwin City over the weekend.
Top finishers were Jon Trowbridge (champion at 170 pounds), Dawson Lamberd (second, 106 pounds), TJ Williams (second, 182 pounds) and Drake Parkinson (fourth, 113).