OLATHE By coincidence, Lawrence High and Olathe North each shot around 41 percent from the field Friday night.
Lawrence, though, hit 41 percent of 68 shots, Olathe North 41 percent of 43 shots, so it was by no coincidence the Lions ran off with a 65-49 Sunflower League boys basketball win at the Eagles' gym.
Forty-one percent might look like a blemish on Lawrence's win its sixth in seven outings. If it was, it was the only one.
"This was a team win," LHS coach Ron Weber said. "Everyone came in and played well. We showed spurts tonight of being a danged good basketball team."
The dangedest of those spurts came in the middle of the third quarter when the Lions forced seven straight turnovers and built a double-digit lead they would never surrender.
"WE WERE much better on defense and on the boards than we have been," said Maurice Trotter, who scored a game-high 25 points.
Lawrence took 25 more shots than the Eagles partly because of its rebounding advantage and partly because it was quicker and deeper than the Eagles.
"Our depth really helped out," said senior Shane Robinson, one of seven players who came off the bench to score. "We can come in for a couple of minutes at a time and give the starters a rest. We know that's our job."
The Lions' first five almost did their job in the first half, building a lead of as many as 11 points. But the Eagles scratched to within five, 26-21, by halftime.
"One of our goals was, if we could get a lead, we wanted to keep building it," Weber said. "We got them down once and couldn't put them out of it. So we said them at halftime, `Now's your chance. Come out in the second half and jump on them.'"
THAT WAS the precursor to the Eagles' seven-turnover stretch, which put them down, 40-29, by the end of the third quarter. Lawrence's bench did the rest, building a lead that reached as many as 21 points in the fourth.
"That's a great confidence boost for us to come in here and win by 16," Weber said. "It's got to help us down the road to know when we get up on a team we cane keep going and keep scoring points."
Weber said the Lions, 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, would take today and Sunday off before reconvening Monday to prepare for next Friday's home game against Shawnee Mission North.
The Eagles fell to 4-5 and 1-2.
Lawrence's JV also won going away, dropping the Eagles' JV, 78-43, Friday night. Steve Walker and Brad Harker led the Lions, 7-0, with 15 points, and Tim Turner and Joel Schwartz added 13 apiece.
JV box in Scoreboard
Lions 65, O-North 49
Jeff Oatis 3-6 0-0 7, Brandon Hamm 0-5 0-0 0, Michael Cosey 6-12 1-1 14, Maurice Trotter 11-24 3-4 25, Jeff Miller 1-4 0-0 2, Steve Walker 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Green 1-1 0-0 2, Tim Turner 1-1 0-0 2, Shane Robinson 1-1 0-0 2, Jan-Eric Anderson 0-1 1-2 1, Mike Schwartz 2-5 2-4 6, Brad Harker 1-4 0-0 2, Travis Green 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-68 7-11 65. OLATHE NORTH (49)
Jason Baxendale 5-7 5-6 15, Brodie Knop 2-4 2-5 6, Jason O'Toole 2-5 0-0 4, Dan Sibert 1-9 2-2 5, Mike Meyers 5-8 2-5 12, Phil Simons 2-3 1-2 5, Darnell Coleman 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Allen 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 18-43 12-20 49. Lawrence
FJ Olathe North
Total fouls Lawrence 18, Olathe North 12. Fouled out Schwartz. Three-point goals Lawrence 2-11 (Oatis 1-2, Cosey 1-2, Hamm 0-1, Miller 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Harker 0-2, Walker 0-2), Olathe North 1-10 (Sibert 1-4, O'Toole 0-1, Allen 0-5). Turnovers Lawrence 14, Olathe North 20.