The Lansing Catholic JV girls basketball team picked up three wins last week victories over Olivet, Lansing Everett and Eaton Rapids.
The Cougars hosted the Eagles from Olivet last Monday night to open the week, and came away with a 55-39 win. Olivet, who came into the contest with an impressive 10-3 record, jumped out to an early 14-8 lead over their hosts. The Cougars, however, took a 22-21 advantage into the break on a late three point basket by freshman Hannah Hauser.
Lansing Catholic out scored Olivet 16-7 in the third quarter to establish a 10 point cushion. The Cougars continued to play well into the fourth, and finished with good non-conference win. Freshman Maddy Jacobs paced Lansing Catholic with 11 points, followed by freshmen Sara English and Rachel Reid with 10 each.
The next evening, Cougars were on the road at Lansing Everett. After a slow start, Lansing Catholic took a 22-9 halftime advantage over their cross-city opponent. Sophomore Elaina Phelps had six first half points to lead Lansing Catholic. The Cougars outscored the Vikings 28-21 in the second half to take home a 50-30 win. Jacobs led the Cougars again with 14 points.
Two days later, Lansing Catholic traveled to Eaton Rapids to take on the Greyhounds for the second time this season. The Cougars raced out to an early 14-5 lead, only to see Eaton Rapids score 15 of the next 16 points on their way to a 20-15 advantage late in the second quarter. The Cougars trailed at the half for only the second time all season, 24-21. Reid had eight points for the Cougars in the first two periods.
Lansing Catholic scored the first four baskets of the second half to take a 29-24 lead that they would never relinquish. Hauser nailed two key three pointers for Lansing Catholic in the third period to help towards a 40-36 lead going into the last period.
The Cougars’ half court trap caused difficulty for the Greyhounds all evening long, and was a big factor in Eaton Rapids scoring only two points over the last eight minutes. The Cougars went on to post a hard fought 47-38 conference win. Reid was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 13 on the night, followed by 12 by Jacobs and 10 by English.
The three wins move the JV girls’ record to 12-3 on the year, 6-1 in conference play. Coach Brian English was pleased with the results from the long week. “We had a couple stretches in our games this week where we needed to grind through some tough basketball. And we did that. We are not used to three games in four nights. That’s tough on the kids, particularly this late in the season. I’m really proud of them for this week’s efforts.”
Lansing Catholic returns to action this Thursday evening at 7:30pm when they host Portland for a key CAAC White matchup. The Red Raiders, 13-2 on the year and 6-1 in the league, won a close game the first time these two teams met this season.