Megan Kampschroeder is not yet ready to read the eulogy over her recent shooting slump.
While she might not have put it to rest Monday night, she certainly taught it a lesson in mortality. Kampschroeder, a 5-10 senior forward, scored a season-high 23 points to lead No. 4-ranked Lawrence High to a 56-37 basketball victory over defending Class 6A state champion Topeka Seaman on Monday night at the LHS west gym.
"I was getting really frustrated," Kampschroeder said. "It's not all the way `on' yet. It didn't feel right all the time."
Kampschroeder struggled into Monday's game, hitting just 31 percent of her shots. Against the Vikings, she made 11 of 15.
"I WAS JUST going inside more," Kampschroeder said. "Lindsay (Lawton, point guard) and everybody did a great job of getting the ball inside. I don't think it was intentional, I was just going inside more."
The Vikes, who last year went 24-1 but lost six seniors to graduation, were hampered by the loss of two players. The most notable was center Amelia Holmes, who last year set school records by scoring 18.8 points a game, hitting 62 percent of her field-goal attempts and by averaging 10 rebounds per game.
Holmes suffered a "severely sprained" ankle last month, Viking coach Ron Vinduska said.
"Her absence hurts us," Vinduska said, "but she doesn't help on our press offense. She doesn't help on weak-side rebounding. Lawrence just out-quicked us and out-hustled us."
WITH 5:02 LEFT in the first quarter, the score was 6-6. Then Kampschroeder scored eight straight points to give LHS a 14-6 lead with 2:29 remaining in the first period. Lawrence led, 16-9, at the end of the opening quarter.
Then the Lions opened the second with a 9-0 run while holding the Vikes scoreless for more than six minutes. Seaman, after trailing, 29-15, at the half, could come no closer than 10 points at 31-21 with 5:56 left in the third period the rest of the way.
"It's nice to see Megan break out of her slump," LHS coach Gary Hammer said. "That's a big boost for her. This was real important. This is her fifth game in double figures, but we need to have nights like this on a game-to-game basis from her. Everybody has slumps. I hope she's out of hers."
Julie Neuschafer added a season-high 11 points for LHS (4-1). Nikki Olberding led the Vikings (3-3) with 15 points, and Autumn Heusted added 10.
IN MONDAY'S junior varsity game, LHS beat the Vikings, 56-38. Tracie Lee scored 14 points and Kami Logan added 10 for the Lions (5-0).
Lawrence will host Olathe North on Thursday. Tipoff is about 7:30 p.m., following the junior varsity game at 6. TOPEKA SEAMAN (37)
Heidi Hartner 0-2 1-3 1, Nikki Olberding 6-12 3-4 15, Heather Eshbaugh 3-11 1-1 7, Autumn Heusted 4-12 1-3 10, Andrea Like 0-3 0-0 0, Denise Tribble 0-1 0- 0, Kari Bervert 1-4 0-0 2, Wanda Mock 0-0 0-1 0, Michelle Hudkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 15-46 6-12 37. LAWRENCE (56)
Lindsay Lawton 1-7 0-0 2, Susan Duran 1-2 0-0 2, Jennifer Trapp 3-7 2-3 8, Megan Kampschroeder 11-15 1-4 23, Julie Neuschafer 2-5 7-8 11, Becky Zinn 0-4 0-0 0, Julie Butler 1-2 0-0 2, Kathy O'Konski 0-2 0-0 0, Lanh Morris 3-6 0-0 6, Tracie Lee 1-7 0-1 2. Totals 23-57 10-16 56. Topeka Seaman
Three-point goals Topeka Seaman 1-6 (Heusted 1-5, Olberding 0-1); Lawrence 0-0. Total fouls Topeka Seaman 13, Lawrence 18. Fouled out Olberding, Lawton, Lawrence. Turnovers Topeka Seaman 27, Lawrence 23.