Leavenworth High School junior Tashia Jones made a layup to go up 17-16 with 2:20 left in the first quarter Wednesday, and the Lady Pioneers rolled from there to a 76-38 win against the Lawrence Lady Lions.
A 10-2 run for Lawrence in the middle of the first quarter put the visitors up 16-15, but Leavenworth outscored the Lady Lions 61-22 after that.
“We didn’t respond to their pressure, they hit threes and we weren’t guarding anybody,” Leavenworth head coach Derek Zeck said.
Six of the 10 points during Lawrence’s run were back-to-back 3-pointers, but Jones and junior Tyler Johnson combined to score the final eight points of the first quarter.
Jones led the team with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The lead grew to 14 points after Jones’ 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:04 left before halftime.
Freshman Terrion Moore got one of her three steals with less than a minute left in the first half, and it led to a pair of free throws for Jones and made it 42-24 Leavenworth at halftime.
“The whole game itself wasn’t that pretty, but we are like a family,” Johnson said. “We were just having trouble communicating in the first quarter, and then we all came together and we started talking.”
Johnson scored five consecutive points late in the third quarter. She scored a put-back bucket off a miss, made a free throw and scored two more after junior Cardelia Harris stole the ball.
Steals led to Leavenworth buckets throughout the game.
Senior Emma Zeck got a steal three minutes into the game that led to a layup for Moore.
Junior Daysha Thomas made it 32-18 Leavenworth with 5:18 left in the first half after a steal and layup the other way.
Jones put Leavenworth up by 35 with 4:35 left in the game after junior Rachel Blackburn got a steal.
With 1:37 left, Jones scored the final Leavenworth bucket after a steal and layup.
The Lady Pioneers also used a pair of second-half 3-pointers by Zeck to pull away.
Zeck knocked down a long-range shot from the top of the key to put Leavenworth up by 25 after three quarters. She extended it to 29 points with another 3-pointer a minute and a half into the fourth quarter.
She scored 10 points and was one of eight Lady Pioneers to score.
“The sky’s the limit for us,” Johnson said. “We still pulled out a win because we were able to come together, not as good as we can, but we came together.”
The Lady Pioneers are 9-0, and will host Topeka at 7:30 p.m. Friday.