Lady Braves earns a berth for a state tournament and falls in Lansing – Welcome to Wyandotte Every day!
The second striker Mariyah Noel drove into the house for a layup during the quarterfinal match of the Bonn Springs State Tournament against Lansing. Lansing won the game 64-51 to reach the semifinals at Emporia. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
by Brian Turrel
The girls’ basketball team from Bonner Springs lost to Lansing 64-51 in the quarterfinals of the KSHSAA 5A state tournament, which was played in Lansing on Monday evening.
The Lady Braves reached the state tournament in their freshman year under head coach Peyton Leslie. Leslie credited the players for being “more disciplined and consistent with our system” for having come this far in the season. Although the team had only set a 4-11 record at the Substate tournament, the Braves defeated the higher-seeded teams Schlagle and Sumner to win the sub-state bracket.
Bonner opened the game with a slight advantage, taking in a few turnovers from his defense and an early three-pointer from Corrie Hassett. However, in the middle of the first quarter, Lansing began to move forward, propelled by Mackenzie Manth’s drives from the right baseline.
Lansing extended his lead in the second half. Despite being tormented by Lansing Defense, Hassett picked up two more baskets behind the arch, but they were matched at the other end by two three-pointers from Lady Lions sniper Caitlin Bishop. The Lady Braves was between 36 and 23 during the break.
In the third quarter, Bonner relied on striker Mariyah Noel’s drives to keep the game in sight. Noel earned three baskets and two free throws in the quarter by fearlessly invading Lansing’s defense.
Bonner Springs rose sharply in the fourth quarter, increasing the lead from 17 to 9, with Noel continuing her strong presence inside, but Lansing hit 6 of 9 free throws and got a key three-pointer from McKenzie Moburg to end the comeback.
Noel led Bonner Springs with 24 points, including 4-4 on the free throw line. Hassett scored 12 points, all behind the arch.
The Lady Braves will lose Senior Guards Maggie Myers and Jazmin Graham to graduation, but they will bring back a young core of the team with plenty of size and playing experience.
Coach Leslie said after the game: “The sky is the limit for our team next year. Although we fell short tonight, our girls gained valuable experience and understand a little more about what it takes to win in March. “
Junior guard Corrie Hassett shot three points from the left corner. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Sophomore Wren VanCleave scored a three point shot. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Senior Guard Jazmin Graham pulled in from the right corner. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Freshman Pirsten Leslie threw a shot into it. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Maggie Myers, senior point guard, slid the ball onto the pitch in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Myers was hugged by teammate Hassett the last time she left the pitch for Bonner Springs. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Leslie fired a three-point shot from the right wing. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Junior Mercedes Madlock set up the full defense. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)The Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed a couple of fall runs during a break in the action. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)Head coach Peyton Leslie gave his team some pointers during a fourth quarter break. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)