Overland Park The Butler did it again.
Aaron Butler, a 6-3 senior, led Lawrence High's boys basketball team in scoring for the second straight time en route to another LHS rout as the Lions crushed Shawnee Mission North, 89-60, on Friday night at the SM North gym.
Butler, coming off an 18-point performance in last week's 36-point victory over Olathe North, scored a season-high 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field against the Indians.
He seems to have found his niche at point guard, a position he took over last week.
"Aaron Butler is leading the team exactly how I want him to," said LHS head coach Jack Schreiner, whose team has won three straight to improve to 4-2. "He gets us in our offense and is a great passer."
Butler was five of five from the field in the first half while the Lions mounted a commanding 42-22 lead. The Lions shot 16 of 23 from the field -- four of four from three-point range -- in the opening half. The margin could have been more if it weren't for 14 LHS turnovers.
"We didn't play as well as we would've liked," Butler said. "But it's still early in the season."
Senior Quentin Rials finished with a season-high 14 points on six-of-six shooting from the field.
"We looked at the scoreboard at halftime and we couldn't believe we were beating these guys that bad," Rials said. "We won the game on our athletic ability."
The Indians (2-6 overall, 1-5 in the Sunflower League) never threatened in the second half. They pulled within 17 points (44-27) early in the third quarter but trailed by 24 (64-40) at the end of the period.
In the third quarter, Butler scored eight points, featuring a reverse layup, a dunk and a layup off a no-look pass from Jason Morris.
Because of the huge lead, Schreiner was able to pull his starters in the fourth quarter and provide them some rest for tonight's game against Kansas City Rockhurst. The Lions connected on 39 of their 60 field-goal attempts (65 percent). Morris (12 points) and Nick Wood (10) reached double figures in scoring for Lawrence.
SM North's strengths for its first seven games were its weaknesses against Lawrence. The Indians, averaging seven three-point goals and shooting 56.5 percent from the free-throw line entering the contest, were limited to two treys and 10 of 27 (37 percent) from the line.
"We were in their face most of the night," said Schreiner, pleased with the team's defense.
The Indians shot 24 of 56 (43 percent) from the field, including two of 12 from three-point range.
"Early on we got intimidated and discouraged," SM North coach George Sallas said. "Things we normally do well, we didn't do well tonight."
In the junior varsity game, Lawrence snapped a four-game skid as it whipped SM North, 80-66. Donnell Caro and Casey Cook scored 18 points to lead the Lions (2-4). Jehren Raney chipped in 10.