Three of the area schools were in action in basketball Monday night as the weather continues to shift schedules around in the final stretch of the regular season.
Leavenworth traveled to Lansing for another “Battle of Eisenhower” between the Pioneers and Lions. The Pioneers won the previous matchup this season at Leavenworth 54-33 in the girls’ game and 70-46 in the boys’ game. This contest was originally set to kick the season off for the two schools before a scheduling conflict delayed the game until Feb. 16. Weather on Friday and Saturday caused the game to be delayed again to Monday where the Pioneers came away with wins in both games.
The Pioneers dominated in the girls’ game winning 61-29. Leavenworth was up 21-9 after one quarter and 35-19 at halftime. The Pioneers held the Lions to only 10 points in the second half and scored 26 of their own for the win. Aleshia Jones led the Pioneers with 18 points on the night. McKenzie Brown added 14 and Alyche Brown scored 12. Saniyah Hammond scored nine and Pioneers head coach Derek Bissitt said Hammond did a great job defensively.
"We did a good job of sharing the ball and getting different people the ball in scoring positions," Bissitt said. "Our defense also did a great job of getting us easy baskets. I really liked our energy all night. We brought a level of intensity to the game, especially to the defensive end."
The boys’ game led to an overtime thriller with the Pioneers outlasting the Lions 56-53.
Lansing jumped out first leading 24-23 at halftime and held on to the lead entering the fourth. The two would battle it out in the fourth but the score was even at 51-51 after four quarters of play so an overtime period was needed to determine the winner. The Pioneers would outscore the Lions 5-2 in the final period and take the victory.
The Pioneers were led by D’Monte Gaw with 22 points. Jarrett Hensley added nine and Reece Williams scored seven. Lansing was led by Jaden Remington’s 17 points. Malik Benson and Logan Barnard each scored 10.
Both schools returned to action Tuesday night with Lansing traveling to Turner and Leavenworth hosting De Soto.
Basehor-Linwood was also in action Monday night after their game at Shawnee Heights was moved up from Tuesday.
In the girls’ game, the Bobcats fell 49-34 to the Thunderbirds.
Poor shooting in the first half led to the Bobcats falling behind 29-12 early and it was not enough for the Bobcats to recover. Isabel Sibert led Basehor-Linwood with 17 points. Sami Fisher scored six.
In the boys’ game, the Bobcats won 50-49 to win the United Kansas Conference title. After blowing out Shawnee Heights last month, the Bobcats found themselves fighting until the last possession in Monday’s game but the T-Birds couldn’t get a good look and the Bobcats prevailed.
Jacob Coleman led Basehor-Linwood with 19 points. Cory Davila had 10 and Connor Younger scored nine. The Bobcats are off until Friday when they host the Leavenworth Pioneers. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for the boys.