With one exception, Lawrence High's basketball record has kept improving this season. Its offense is another story.
The Lions are 4-1, but their highest point total came in the season opener, a 72-60 win over Topeka Seaman.
Three players scored in double figures against the Vikings. Three scored in double figures in Lawrence's second game, too, but offensive production fell seven points.
It dropped another point in Game Three when two were in double figures.
It fell 10 points in a 59-54 loss to Leavenworth before Christmas, and bounced back just one in last Friday's 55-53 win over Shawnee Mission East.
In the last two games, the Lions have relied on one player to score. Mike Cosey scored 26 against the Pioneers; Maurice Trotter scored 28 against SM East.
Balance the Lions haven't had lately.
"WE CAN'T live by just Maurice or Mike scoring all the time," LHS coach Ron Weber said. "We've got to have more people step up and score. We've got to take the pressure off them some."
Tuesday's game against Kansas City Wyandotte is an opportunity to even the scoring load. Tipoff will be about 7:30 p.m. at the LHS gym following a JV game, which starts at 6.
Take away Trotter's shooting numbers from last Friday and Lawrence was 11-for-17, so shooting isn't the problem.
"We just have to keep the confidence in those other kids to shoot the ball," Weber said. "In practice, if they're open and they pass up a shot, I just have to stop and make it a point that if they're open they need to shoot it."
With the exception of a 28-point third quarter, fed by a full-court press that caused nine Lancer turnovers, Lawrence has struggled in attacking the bucket.
"IT SEEMS like we had a hard time getting into our offense," Weber said. "I tried to watch the tape for why that was. We'll look to fix some of those things."
This is the time to get them fixed. KC Wyandotte brings a 5-1 record to Tuesday's game.
"I'm sure they're going to be quick and athletic as usual, so we'll have to be ready to play defense," Weber said.
Defense is what saved the Lions against SM East. They trailed by 17 at one point in the second quarter.
"The second half we looked pretty good," the coach said. "In the first half we made too many mistakes. We were not taking care of the basketball."
KC WYANDOTTE (5-1)
F Frank Boswell (6-1)
F Lyron Cobbins (6-0)
C Chris Lewis (6-5)
G Andre Davis (5-11)
G Tony Guess (6-0) LAWRENCE (4-1)
F Jeff Miller (6-2)
F Maurice Trotter (6-3)
C Mike Schwartz (6-4)
G Jeff Oatis (6-0)
G Michael Cosey (5-11)
Tipoff: Approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at LHS gym. JV game starts at 6.