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TROTTER SPARKS LION COMEBACK

January 4, 1992

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With Lawrence High trailing Shawnee Mission East by 14 points at halftime Friday night, coach Ron Weber gave the Lions a choice.

"I told them, `You can either sit here and brood, or you can decide as a team right here in this locker room that we're going to come out and play hard and get back in this thing,'" Weber said.

Senior forward Maurice Trotter chose for his teammates, scoring 18 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter as LHS rallied to a 55-53 Sunflower League basketball win at the Lawrence gym.

"I knew if we were going to win I had to step up my intensity and play hard all over the floor," he said. "Once everybody saw me hustling it picked them up. I have to credit this win to the whole team."

Trotter struggled into the Lions' first game of 1992 shooting just 38.7 percent and started the game on the bench. But he hit nine of 10 from the field in the third quarter as LHS outscored SM East 28-13. He finished 13-for-18 on the night.

"I KNEW coming in it was a new year," he said. "I set a goal for myself to let my shots come to me. I let my defense and rebounds create my offense. My outside shot has been off, so I worked harder inside, and that was where I got my money."

The only place Trotter didn't cash in was at the free throw line. He went two-for-seven, and the Lions were a paltry six-for-21.

Woeful foul shooting wasn't what put Lawrence in a 31-17 halftime hole, though. Woeful offense did. The Lions' committed as many turnovers (14) as they took shots.

"I just told them we got outhustled," Weber said. "We made some bad decisions with the basketball. They (the Lancers) are a lot better than their 1-5 record."

Weber would get no argument there from SM East coach Craig Fletchall.

"This is the same story as our games in December," Fletchall said. "We keep losing close ones. We've got to find a way to win one of these down the stretch."

THE WAY Lawrence did it was with full-court pressure. The Lancers finished with 27 turnovers.

"Their pressure gave us fits in that spurt," Fletchall said. "And I give them credit for riding Trotter's back. There's no question he took the ballgame himself."

Lawrence pushed its record to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Sunflower League while SM East fell to 1-5 and 0-1.

Lawrence's JV remained unbeaten Friday with a 65-57 win over the Lancers' JV. Tim Turner led LHS, 5-0, with 18 points, while Travis Green added 15, Jason Goolsby 11 and Steve Walker 10.

The Lions will be back in action Tuesday against Kansas City Wyandotte at the LHS gym.

SM EAST (53)

Paul Gunderman 4-11 0-0 11, Matt Campbell 1-2 0-1 2, Mark Byall 3-5 4-6 11, Brett Ragan 2-5 0-0 4, Todd Ellis 5-10 3-4 14, Jason Sunquist 1-1 0-0 2, Ryan Evans 4-4 1-2 9. Totals 20-38 8-13 53. LAWRENCE (55)

Jeff Oatis 1-2 1-2 3, Michael Cosey 3-6 1-4 7, Mike Schwartz 2-2 1-1 5, Jeff Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Brandon Hamm 2-4 0-4 4, Maurice Trotter 13-18 2-7 28, Steve Walker 1-1 0-0 3, Shane Robinson 0-0 0-1 0, Brad Harker 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 24-35 6-21 55. SM East--19 12 13 9 -- 53 Lawrence--11 6 28 10 -- 55

Total fouls -- SM East 20, Lawrence 17. Three-point goals -- SM East 5-15 (Gunderman 3-6, Byall 1-3, Ellis 1-3, Ragan 0-3), Lawrence 1-2 (Walker 1-1, Trotter 0-1). Turnovers -- SM East 27, Lawrence 19.

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