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LHS BOYS ADVANCE AT STATE

March 13, 1992

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— Because it has a lot of guys playing a lot of defense, Lawrence High will be playing today when a lot of teams aren't.

The Lions reached tonight's Class 6A state semifinal with a 59-43 first-round win over Shawnee Heights on Thursday at Wichita State's Levitt Arena.

Standing between Lawrence, 20-3, and its first state title game since 1985 is Shawnee Mission West, a 55-40 winner over Washburn Rural Thursday.

"We've been deep all year," LHS coach Ron Weber said. "We played everybody tonight, and everybody came in and gave us some good minutes."

As a team, the Lions' best minutes were the first 14, when they built a 14-point lead, and the last seven when, after squandering their lead, built it again.

"IN THE fourth quarter they started getting tired," senior center Maurice Trotter said. "You could tell. Then we just did the things that got us the lead in the first place."

Thirteen of Trotter's game-high 22 points came in the first quarter, when the Lions went ahead, 19-10.

Then, while substituting frequently, they proceeded to hold Heights scoreless until 40 seconds before halftime. Total length of drought: 9:19.

"We talked about our defensive intensity, about moving their feet and getting their hands in the passing lanes," Weber said. "That's the only way we can get our athleticism to show."

The T-Birds didn't go without a fight. Using a 14-2 run in the late third and early fourth quarters, they stormed to a 36-35 lead with 7:15 to go.

"People have made a lot of runs at us this season and we held them off," Weber said. "And we held Shawnee Heights off tonight."

The T-Birds, 14-9, stayed in the lead for exactly 15 seconds.

"By the time the lead was down to three, we had expended so much energy that we just couldn't withstand they pressure," Heights coach Bob Bodenheimer said.

NEITHER COULD the Thunderbirds withstand a technical on Bodenheimer. After forward Jeff Miller hit both free throws to extend Lawrence's lead to three points, Heights did not seriously threaten.

"That technical was big," Miller said. "I just stepped up to the line and knocked them down. That really turned it around for us. That could have won the game for us."

Conveniently, the Lions' depth started to pay off at about the same time.

"Coach Harrod (Lynn, assistant) kept saying, `They've gotta get tired. They've gotta get tired in the the fourth quarter,''' Weber said.

They did.

"They didn't look like they were in trouble," Bodenheimer said of his starters, "but then (the Lions) ran off five or six points before I could get anybody fresh in there."

Shawnee Heights couldn't find anyone to make up for the lost scoring of junior point guard Scott Leon. Coming in averaging almost 17 points a game, Leon managed just two against the defense of Michael Cosey.

"Cosey accepted the challenge," Weber said. "It was two athletes going at each other."

Tonight at 8:15, it'll be the first- and second-place teams in the Sunflower League battling. A 68-64 overtime win by SM West at Lawrence made the difference in the league standings.

"We're not going to make the same mistakes this time that we made at home," Trotter said. "We want to get back at West."

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (43)

Scott Leon 0-8 2-2 2, Matt Schaeffer 2-5 0-2 4, Kevin Wicker 4-6 2-2 10, Brad Newham 4-13 4-6 12, Lance Carter 4-10 2-4 10, Scott Tenpenny 0-1 0-0 0, Brent McGhee 0-1 0-0 0, Tim Kolb 0-2 0-0 0, Pat Martin 1-2 0-0 2, Troy Evans 4-10 2-4 10. Totals 16-50 9-17 43.

LAWRENCE (59)

Jeff Oatis 1-2 0-0 2, Brandon Hamm 1-10 0-0 2, Michael Cosey 4-9 0-0 8, Maurice Trotter 9-16 4-6 22, Jeff Miller 1-1 2-3 4, Steve Walker 1-2 1-3 3, Adam Green 0-1 0-0 0, Tim Turner 1-2 0-0 3, Shane Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Jan-Eric Anderson 2-3 0-0 4, Travis Green 1-1 2-3 4. Totals 24-59 10-16 59. Shawnee Heights--10 4 18 11 -- 43 Lawrence--19 6 10 24 -- 59

Total fouls -- Shawnee Heights 13, Lawrence 16. Three-point goals -- Shawnee Heights 2-2 (Newham 2-2), Lawrence 1-7 (Turner 1-1, Oatis 0-1, Cosey 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Schwartz 0-1, Trotter 0-1, Miller 0-1). Rebounds -- Shawnee Heights -- 35 (Newham 6), Lawrence 46 (Trotter 6, Hamm 6). Assists -- Shawnee Heights 10 (Schaeffer 3, Wicker 3), Lawrence 7 (Hamm 2). Turnovers -- Shawnee Heights 17 (Leon 4, Newham 4), Lawrence 17 (Oatis 5). Blocked shots -- Shawnee Heights 3 (Kolb, Evans, Carter), Lawrence 2 (Trotter, Miller). Steals -- Shawnee Heights 4 (Carter 2), Lawrence 11 (Miller 4). Technical -- Shawnee Heights coach Bodenheimer.

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