Archive for Saturday, January 18, 1992

LAWRENCE HIGH DRILLS SM NORTH

January 18, 1992

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For Lawremce High, it was the Mona Lisa of basketball quarters.

The Lions went nine-for-16 from the field, including three-for-three from three-point range. They hit nine of 11 free throws.

All told, they buried Shawnee Mission North under a 30-point barrage in the second quarter Friday night on the way to a 78-61 win in Sunflower League boys basketball at the LHS gym.

That after taking an eight-point lead in the first eight minutes.

"In the first half we played pretty darned well," LHS coach Ron Weber said.

The second half was no such thing of beauty, but after taking a 50-27 advantage at halftime, who expected it would be?

"The only thing we told them at halftime was we missed a lot of easy layups or it would have been more than 50," Weber said. "Then in the third we came out with no intensity. We got fat and happy."

ALTHOUGH outscored 12-9 in the third quarter and 22-19 in the fourth, they stayed happy, pushing their record to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.

SM North fell to 4-3 and 2-1.

"The better team won," Indian coach Sean Reilly said. "They were better prepared. They played with more confidence and more poise. They attacked all the time."

The Lions attacked most effectively with their pressure defense, which forced 19 turnovers.

"Their press got us going, and they're a good ballteam at that tempo," Reilly said. "To beat them you've got to play a Princeton-style game and don't be afraid to make the extra pass. We didn't do that."

So Lawrence ran and ran and scored and scored, especially in the second quarter.

"WE USED our speed and quickness to our advantage," LHS forward Jeff Miller said. "We got a lot of two-on-one or three-on-two opportunities, and we cashed in on them."

A 56-percent free throwing team, the Lions also cashed in at the line, hitting 27 of 36 free throws to nail their pre-game goal of 75 percent.

"We've been shooting a lot of free throws in practice," Miller said. "Coach says it's all confidence and concentration. When we're playing that well as a team, it kind of takes the pressure off. You can just go up there and stick them."

NOTES

-- Lawrence opens the Topeka Invitational Tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Highland Park. LHS is the top-seeded out-of-town team, the Scotties the fourth-seeded Topeka school.

-- The Lions' JV was even more merciless on SM North than the varsity, rolling to a 91-50 win Friday. Tim Turner led all scorers with 31 points. Brad Harker added 19, Steve Walker 17 and Jason Goolsby 11 for the Lions, 8-0. Lawrence hit 16 three-pointers.

-- Senior guard Michael Cosey, a two-time all-state running back in football, reaffirmed Friday that Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State were showing the most interest in recruiting him. Cosey said he planned to retake the ACT to qualify under NCAA standards.

SM NORTH (61)

Nathan Reese 2-5 0-0 4, Billy Brown 5-7 1-6 11, Dennis Weineke 3-19 0-0 7, Brian Trueworthy 2-5 2-2 6, Mike Noland 4-8 0-0 8, Lemont Goode 2-8 2-3 6, Zach Pitts 5-6 1-1 11, Chad Cannon 1-5 3-6 5, Mike Johnson 1-1 1-2 3, Mike Bradley 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 25-64 10-21 61. LAWRENCE (78)

Jeff Oatis 2-4 3-4 8, Brandom Hamm 0-6 0-0 0, Michael Cosey 5-11 5-8 15, Maurice Trotter 10-16 6-6 27, Jeff Miller 3-6 0-1 7, Steve Walker 1-5 0-1 3, Adam Green 1-1 0-0 3, Tim Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Shane Robinson 0-2 6-8 6, Brad Harker 0-3 2-2 2, Mike Schwartz 1-5 5-6 7. Totals 23-59 27-36 78. SM North--12 15 12 22 -- 61 Lawrence--20 30 9 19 -- 78

Total fouls -- SM North 24, Lawrence 17. Three-point goals -- SM North 1-8 (Weineke 1-6, Reese 0-2), Lawrence 5-13 (Oatis 1-1, Miller 1-1, Green 1-1, Trotter 1-2, Walker 1-3, Turner 0-1, Hamm 0-2, Harker 0-2). Turnovers -- SM North 19, Lawrence 13.

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