Another day, another rout.
Lawrence High's third-ranked girls basketball team improved to 8-1 with a 75-35 non-league thrashing of one-time rival Leavenworth on Thursday night at the Lions' west gym.
In its past four games, Lawrence's average margin of victory is almost 40 points. The Lions' largest victory was an 83-28 demolition Tuesday of Kansas City Harmon.
"I was surprised myself," said backup point guard Lanh Morris. "Coach said to the team that Leavenworth was going to come out really wanting us. Everyone else does."
The Pioneers had more turnovers (39) than points, even though the Lions called off their full-court press early in the second period.
"I think our goal is to improve every time we go out," said Lawrence's Megan Kampschroeder, who matched a season high with 23 points. "We don't worry about the other team."
AFTER THE first period, the Lions didn't have much to worry about. The Pioneers turned over their first five possessions, and Lawrence jumped to an 8-0 lead. The Lions' press forced 19 turnovers in the opening period and by the end of it, Lawrence led, 24-5. The Lions led, 41-11 at halftime.
After the first quarter, Lawrence coach Gary Hammer opened each period with his starters -- minus guard Jill Oelschlager, who sprained her right ankle and left the game with 6:29 remaining in the second period -- then substituted five reserves as a group about halfway through the quarter.
"In close games, I wouldn't do that," Hammer said. "It's like starting fresh. But when we've got a big lead, I'll put 'em in as a group. They get a lot more playing time, and it's easier to substitute."
Morris, a 5-5 senior, was one of those who's enjoyed more playing time. She tied a season high by scoring six points Thursday.
"I was happy," she said. "My goal is to never leave the gym without at least two points. From now on, I'm not going to leave without two points."
IN ADDITION to scoring her game-high 23 points, Kampschroeder led the Lions with six assists and eight steals. Jennifer Trapp added 20 points for the Lions.
Leavenworth fell to 1-8. First-year coach Rebecca Morrisey said the Pioneers competed without five of their top eight players. Two starters have been lost to injury, she said, one to illness and two were out of town.
"But even with them, we wouldn't have been real competitive with Lawrence," Morrisey said. "They have good talent. They had better ability and they're quick and they press extremely well."
In Thursday's junior varsity game, the Lions improved to 9-0 with a 76-23 rout of the Pioneers. Kathy O'Konski scored 17 points, Tracie Lee had 12, and Kami Logan and Amanda Melliger added 10 points apiece.
LAWRENCE WILL participate in the three-day Glacier's Edge Tournament, which begins Thursday in Emporia. The Lions' first-round foe has not been determined. Also in the field: Wichita East, Wichita Heights, Derby, Emporia, Leavenworth and Hutchinson.
Rose Hill canceled its plans to attend, Hammer said, and the Lions' JV will fill in.
Tamika Conley 0-3 0-0 0, Tiffany Flannagan 0-0 1-2 1, Kami Floetke 3-11 0-1 6, Stacey Sparks 1-7 1-2 3, Stacy Railsback 1-5 1-2 3, Keri Bartlett 7-8 2-4 16, Angela Haskett 1-3 0-0 2, Kami Venema 0-1 0-0 0, Shalese Noll 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 15-41 5-11 35. LAWRENCE (75)
Jill Oelschlager 2-5 0-0 4, Lindsay Lawton 0-1 0-0 0, Julie Neuschafer 3-12 1-2 7, Jennifer Trapp 9-14 2-2 20, Megan Kampschroeder 9-16 5-9 23, Susan Duran 0-1 0-0 0, Becky Zinn 2-8 0-1 4, Kathy O'Konski 2-4 3-5 7, Lanh Morris 2-5 2-2 6, Tracie Lee 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 31-74 13-21 75. Leavenworth-- 5 11 8 11 -- 35 Lawrence--24 17 16 18 -- 75
Three-point goals -- Leavenworth 0-3 (Conley 0-1, Floetke 0-2); Lawrence 0-1 (Lawton 0-1). Total fouls -- Leavenworth 17, Lawrence 16. Turnovers -- Leavenworth 39, Lawrence 19.