Maurice Trotter is listed as 6-foot-2 in the game program. He played like 7-foot-2 Friday night.
But Trotter's 32-point, 13-rebound performance wasn't quite enough to lift LHS in its 78-76 home-opening loss to Shawnee Heights.
And it wasn't nearly enough to please the Lions' junior center.
"Thirty-two points and 13 rebounds when the team loses doesn't feel too good," said Trotter, who scored 28 points in the Lions' season opener Tuesday at Shawnee Mission South.
"My job is to get easy buckets inside and get boards," he said. "Hopefully I'll get the team sparked. Instead of being an individual player I'll be a role player for everyone."
Trotter, obviously, has become a target for everyone of the Lions' passes.
"I keep telling the kids we've got to get the ball inside even more to Maurice," LHS coach Ron Weber said.
WEBER SAID they needed to take better care of the ball Friday night to handle Heights, ranked third this week in the Kansas coaches' poll.
"Making silly mistakes was the difference," he said. "Throwing the ball out of bounds on an inbounds play, traveling calls, not blocking off on the boards, fouling people and Shawnee Heights doesn't make many mistakes. That's the difference.
"Effort . . .I can't fault the effort, but we just made some wrong decisions at the wrong times."
Their faults aside, the Lions led occasionally through the first three quarters their largest bulge was 48-44 with four minutes left in the third.
"We knew they were a quality basketball team," Thunderbird coach Bob Bodenheimer said. "(Trotter) is just an excellent scorer. He's almost impossible to stop."
LAWRENCE TRAILED by eight with 1:54 to go, but stormed to within two, 74-72, by 1:03.
From there, though, the Lions could only trade buckets with T-Birds.
"We were able to keep them from getting a run there in the fourth quarter," Bodenheimer said. "Up until the last minute, when we couldn't get into our offense at all, I thought we were real patient in our offense. We either got a good shot or a foul."
And Heights made good on both, hitting 28 of 50 from the field and 19 of 24 from the line. Guards Jason Beninga and Michael Weishaar finished with 25 and 24 points respectively.
"They run their offense weal well," said LHS point guard Reggie Mayo, who finished with 15 points. "They're well-coached, and they've got a couple of go-to guards."
Trotter, though, wasn't convinced.
"It makes me feel good that we played hard, but we shouuld have won," he said. "We should have gotten out on them from the git-go and not let up. We had the lead. We just let silly things happen to let them back in it, and it's hard always playing catch-up."
Senior forward Craig Butler added 14 points for the Lions, who fell to 0-2. . .
Lawrence hit 31 of 59 field goal attempts (52.5 percent) and 13 of 22 free throws (59.1). . .
Lawrence's JV evened its record at 1-1 with a 64-58 win over Shawnee Heights' JV. Brandon Hamm led LHS with nine points, and all 11 Lions who played scored. . .
LHS will travel to No. 5-ranked Leavenworth on Tuesday and follow that on Friday with a trip to Shawnee Mission North . . .