The Lansing Catholic JV girls basketball team spilt a pair of games last week with a Tuesday night loss at home to the Warriors of Lansing Waverly 61-47, and a Thursday evening win at league rival Williamston 38-32.
Tuesday evening saw a Waverly team arrive at Lansing Catholic undefeated at 9-0 on the year. Living up to their billing, the Warriors jumped out to an early 19-11 lead after one quarter. The Cougars settled down in the second period and outscored their opponent 14-9 to go into the break trailing 28-25. Lansing Catholic was paced in the first half by freshman Sara English with 10 points on three shots behind the arc. Freshman Rachel Reid chipped in with six points.
The third period saw the Warriors use their quickness and speed to take what seemed to be a commanding 42-30 lead into the final stanza. Waverly was aided by a last second bank shot well behind the three point line. The Cougars were lead in scoring for the quarter by freshman Maddy Jacobs with six points.
Trailing by double digits for the first time since early in the second quarter, the Cougars came storming back to cut the Waverly lead to 49-43 with just over four minutes to play. As time became a factor, Lansing Catholic found themselves having to foul. The Warriors cashed in at the charity stipe, going 9-12 in the last period to pull away for the 14 point win. Waverly moved to 10-0 with the win and the Cougars fell to 8-3.
The Cougars were led in scoring on the night by Jacobs with 15 and English with 13.
Cougar coach Brian English, although disappointed with the loss, complemented his team. “I told the kids that a loss is a loss, and we never want to lose. But, I also told them that I thought we played our best game of the year. Waverly was really athletic, and that gave us trouble all night. But our kids played so hard, and we were not intimidated by the moment of playing an undefeated team. I’m very proud of them.”
Lansing Catholic had to put Tuesday’s loss behind them immediately, as they found themselves on the road two nights later at Williamston. Against their CAAC White opponent, the Cougars jumped out to an 11-8 lead after one and a 24-15 advantage at the half. The first half saw Sara English with a hot hand from behind the three point line, as she connected on three three pointers to lead all scorers with 15 points at the break.
Lansing Catholic extended its lead in the third quarter to 33-19 behind English’s fourth three on the night, along with four points by freshman Rachel Bres. The Hornets made it a game in the fourth, as they cut the Cougar lead to single digits late. But, the Hornets would never get closer than the final score, as Lansing Catholic picked up the win to move to 9-3 on the season. Sara English paced Lansing Catholic with a game high 23 points on five three pointers. Bres added six points and six boards on the night. Reid had six steals for the game, as did freshman Hannah Hauser.
Lansing Catholic returned to action this week hosting Olivet on Monday, then traveling to Everett on Tuesday and Eaton Rapids on Thursday.