Deegan powers BSHS girls past Lansing
Lansing Bonner Springs girls basketball player Anna Deegan set a career high for points in a game on Friday, leading Bonner Springs to a 53-32 victory over Lansing.
She scored 28 points, nearly matching the Lions’ collective total.
Deegan was effective at dribbling into the lane and making high percentage shots. She was the conduit through which the Braves’ offense flowed throughout the game.
Afterward, she deflected a lot of the credit to her teammates. Deegan said her team did a great job of running the offense and passing her the ball in a position to score.
“My teammates deserve the credit for passing the ball, and they get the credit,” Deegan said.
Emily Wilson added 12 points for the Braves.
Deegan scored 12 first-half points and helped the Braves shrug off a 9-9 tie after one quarter to lead 20-17 at halftime.
Bonner Springs put the game away during the second half.
The Braves outscored the Lions 33-15 during the final two quarters.
“We were a little flat in the first half,” coach Clay Oakes said. “We had 10 turnovers in the first half. We talked at halftime that if we could take away the turnovers and we could take care of the ball, we could take control of the game. That is what happened.”
The Braves opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run and led 39-27 entering the fourth quarter.
The lone moment of concern for BSHS during the third quarter came when point guard Yessenia Hernandez was injured when she collided with a Lansing player while trying to catch a pass. With her on the bench, however, the Braves’ offense continued to roll.
“Give the kids all the credit, with Yessenia out our other kids stepped up and took over,” coach Clay Oakes said.
The Braves outscored the Lions 16-5 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Deegan scored her final 10 points in the quarter.
“It is a great win. To see them come back after a tough contest against Mill Valley, sometimes it hard to get up for the next game,” Oakes said.
The Braves also received another strong defensive performance. Lansing only scored in double figures in one quarter all night.
“Our defense took over again tonight,” Oakes said. “We have only allowed 35 points once this season, and so we did that again tonight.”
With the win, Bonner Springs enters winter break with a 4-0 record, and the Braves are excited about the second half of the season.
“I really think the whole team can go far this season,” Deegan said.