Lansing boys throttle THS in rivalry rematch
Earlier this year, the arch-rivals had played two nail-biters -- one went to overtime and the other was decided by two points.
But the outcome of the third match-up of the season between the Tonganoxie and Lansing boys basketball teams never was in doubt.
On Friday, Lansing dealt THS its 11th loss this year.
In the two games earlier this season, the LHS boys escaped with a three-point overtime win and a two-point regulation win.
But on Friday, LHS limited Tonganoxie to just nine points in the first half and took a commanding 29-9 lead into the locker room.
THS outscored Lansing in the second half, but the Chieftains couldn't overcome the first half -- more specifically, the second quarter. THS eventually lost, 48-33.
Lansing shooters drained five three-pointers in the quarter, including a buzzer-beater that bounced straight up from the back of the rim and came back through the net.
The Lions, forced to play away at Lansing Intermediate School because of a water leak detected midway through the season, won for the first time on the old high school court since 1988.
After that season, the Lions moved to the current high school.