Judging by the score, Lawrence High's offense was at its worst Tuesday night. Judging by the outcome, it was at its most effective.
Behind 18 points from Maurice Trotter and a dozen more from Michael Cosey, the Lions' offense made the difference in a 50-46 boys basketball win over Kansas City Wyandotte at the LHS gym.
"We were more patient than they were on offense," Trotter said. "They probably had more athletes, but we were smarter through the game."
After eight lead changes and six ties, Lawrence cagily climbed on top for good with 3:36 left. The Bulldogs would score just two more points those the last of guard Andre Davis' game-high 21 and release just one more shot from the floor.
When Davis fouled out with 49 seconds to go, Wyandotte was all but finished.
"I think they got a little frustrated at the end," LHS forward Jeff Miller said. "Davis fouled out, and they didn't know who to turn to."
THE LIONS had a similar problem coming in, having flailed offensively with just one player in double figures for two consecutive games. But despite their lowest point total of the year, they balanced the scoring load a little and ran their half-court offense a lot on Tuesday.
"We got our entry pass," coach Ron Weber said. "Once we got the dang offense going it looked so good. I thought we did a good job running our zone offense, too, which we have hardly worked on."
Lawrence worked as well in its zone defense as it did against the Bulldogs'. Several times Wyandotte held the ball to lure LHS out of a zone, once for more than 50 seconds.
"The thing I think is important against Wyandotte is to keep changing things up," Weber said. "We ran a little 2-3 zone and a little 1-3-1 and then went man-to-man to keep them off guard and keep them from getting into a rhythm."
NEITHER TEAM found a real rhythm. Lawrence led by as many as seven in the first quarter only to fall behind by as many as five shortly after halftime.
"They were definitely quick," Miller said. "Every time we made a spurt they had the quickness and the defense to make a spurt of their own."
The Bulldogs fell to 5-2. Lawrence High improved to 5-1 overall. It will take its 1-0 Sunflower League record on the road Friday to face Olathe North.
Former Kansas wide receiver Willie Vaughn is now an assistant basketball coach for KC Wyandotte, his alma mater.
LHS was just four-for-12 at the free throw line. "We shoot 75 to 100 free throws a day in practice," Weber said. "Two things can happen: We'll get better, or we'll kepp shooting them."
Lawrence beat the Bulldogs for the second straight year. That had not happened since the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.
The Lions' JV improved to 6-0 Tuesday with a 70-47 win over Wyandotte's JV. Tim Turner led LHS with 20 points, Joel Schwartz added 11 and Brad Harker 10.
KC WYANDOTTE (46)
Tony Guess 2-11 0-0 6, Andre Davis 7-14 4-6 21, Chris Lewis 2-4 3-5 7, Lyron Cobbins 5-7 2-3 12, Andre Lasley 0-4 0-0 0, Anthony Rushing 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-41 9-14 46. LAWRENCE (50)
Jeff Oatis 0-2 2-2 2, Michael Cosey 5-10 1-4 12, Mike Schwartz 3-4 0-0 6, Maurice Trotter 8-11 1-5 18, Jeff Miller 3-7 0-0 6, Brandon Hamm 3-7 0-0 6, Steve Walker 0-1 0-1 0. KC Wyandotte
Total fouls KC Wyandotte 16, Lawrence 13. Fouled out Davis, Miller. Three-point goals KC Wyandotte 5-17 (Davis 3-5, Guess 2-10, Lasley 0-2), Lawrence 2-5 (Trotter 1-1, Cosey 1-2, Oatis 0-1, Walker 0-1). Turnovers KC Wyandotte 19, Lawrence 18.