The past few days and the city of Lawrence have not been kind to Kansas' top-ranked Class 6A high school basketball teams.
On Friday night at the Lawrence High gym, the unranked LHS boys upset No. 1-ranked Shawnee Mission South, 65-61. On Monday night at Lawrence's west gym, the top-ranked and unbeaten Lawrence girls' team fell to unranked SM East, 52-48.
"It is disappointing," said senior forward Gwen Mullens, who led the Lions with 14 points. "But maybe it's good for us. Maybe there was too much pressure being ranked No. 1."
The Lions fell to 4-1, but the contest was scheduled as a non-league game. Lawrence will retain its perfect 2-0 Sunflower League record.
"YEAH, I wish it was a league game," said SM East coach David Rehfeld. "We played pretty well. The kids hit the shots when we needed 'em."
While the Lancers hit just 20 of their 52 attempts for 38 percent, the Lions connected on just 16 of 54 29.6 percent, well below Lawrence's 56 percent mark for the season.
"They just did everything they needed to do to beat us," Lawrence coach Gary Hammer said. "We didn't shoot very good and they really took us out of our offense. They were really sagging in and we didn't get very many second and third shots off the boards."
Both teams played evenly through the first half. LHS posted a 13-12 lead in the first quarter and a 23-22 lead at the half. The Lancers opened the third period with a 7-0 run, and, entering the final quarter, SM East led, 37-32.
THE LANCERS held a 47-36 lead with 5:37 remaining, but LHS cut the gap to 48-44 with 47 seconds left. SM East's Liz Guastello hit the first of two free throws for a 49-44 lead, and LHS' Kelli Boehringer hit two charities to narrow the margin to three.
SM East's Kristi Brown hit two free throws, but LHS' Megan Kampschroeder responded with a field goal with 14 seconds left to pull LHS to 51-48. Boehringer was whistled for an intentional foul with nine seconds left, Guastello hit one of the resulting two free throws and Shawnee Mission East ran out the remaining time.
"Tonight, we didn't play as a team," Mullens said. "They hustled a lot more than we did defensively. They got to loose balls and we didn't. We weren't patient at all on offense, and we didn't have enough poise when we needed it."
Megan Kampschroeder scored 13 points for the Lions. Misty Peck led the Lancers with 16 points, and Kristi Brown and Karlee Berst added 13 apiece.
In Monday's junior varsity game, LHS pounded the Lancers, 57-31. Becky Zinn scored 16 points, Julie Neuschafer 12 and Sarah Ramsay 10 for the Lions' JV, which improved to 4-1.
Lawrence will host Olathe South in a Sunflower League game Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m., following the JV game at 6.
SM EAST (52)
Carmen Richert 3-11 0-1 6, Kristi Brown 5-12 3-4 13, Stephanie Wesemann 0-2 0-0 0, Misty Peck 6-14 3-4 16, Marci Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Karlee Berst 5-10 3-4 13, Liz Guastello 1-2 2-4 4. Totals 20-52 11-17 52. LAWRENCE (48)
Jill Oelschlager 2-5 0-0 4, Kelli Boehringer 0-7 7-8 8, Gwen Mullens 6-12 2-4 14, Megan Kampschroeder 4-16 5-7 13, Erin McElwain 1-4 2-3 4, Lindsay Lawton 1-5 0-2 2, Jennifer Trapp 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 16-54 16-24 48. SM East
Three-point goals SM East 1-3 (Peck 1-3), Lawrence 0-2 (Mullens 0-1, Lawton 0-1). Total fouls SM East 17, Lawrence 11. Fouled out Johnson.