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Archive for Saturday, January 13, 1996

LEAVENWORTH LAMBASTS LIONS

January 13, 1996

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So much for home-court advantage.

Leavenworth High dominated Lawrence from start to finish on the Lions' home court Friday night to win, 76-52, in boys basketball.

"This is our crowd," LHS coach Jack Schreiner said following the Lions' worst home loss since a 69-42 setback to Olathe South three years ago. "We don't lose in this building. This is supposed to be one of the hardest places to play."

Lawrence, undefeated at home last season, now has lost twice on its court this season. The 24-point defeat to Leavenworth comes one week after a 27-point drubbing from Shawnee Mission East.

"This is a loss in January," said Schreiner, whose team slipped to 4-3 overall, 1-3 in the Sunflower League. "It's not that important, except it's two in a row and it's two bad ones."

Leavenworth (5-4, 2-2) darted to a 10-0 lead and Lawrence never threatened. The Lions pulled within 12-9 with 2:10 left in the first quarter before the Pioneers capped the period with a 11-4 spurt to lead 23-13 heading into the second quarter.

The Pioneers outscored Lawrence 22-8 in the second quarter to lead 45-21 at halftime. The Lions made eight of 23 field goals (35 percent) in the first half.

"I really don't know what's going on," said LHS senior Casey Cook, who scored a team-high 14 points. "We've lost all our intensity, everything we had at the beginning of the year."

In the first half, Leavenworth connected on 16 of 29 field goals -- six of 10 from three-point range -- and had three players score in double figures the first 16 minutes. Marcus Swartz, Joe Manthe and Jason Fullen combined for 40 of the Pioneers' 45 first-half points.

"The kids played well," Leavenworth coach Larry Hogan said. "They came out possessed."

Leavenworth had dropped its two previous games, including a 51-38 loss to Olathe South last Friday.

"Lawrence is a big rival for us," Hogan said. "Last year, they beat us on a last-second shot. Jack's kids played hard. Obviously they didn't get some things done they needed to to be successful."

Swartz, averaging a team-leading 12.7 points heading into the contest, finished with a game-high 28 points while hitting 11 of 16 field-goal attempts. He missed practice on Thursday because of an ankle injury and was questionable for the game, Hogan said.

Swartz scored 17 points in the first half and played sparingly in the fourth quarter, when Hogan unloaded his bench.

The Pioneers led by 30 points (65-35) 10 seconds into the fourth quarter. Lawrence pulled within 19 (69-50) on Donnell Caro's bucket with 3:15 left before Leavenworth capped the game with a 7-2 run.

"We don't have anybody who's a real good basketball player," Schreiner said. "I don't have an Aaron Butler, Tye Wilson or Brad Frederick (players from last season's state championship squad). As a team, we're not bad. Tonight we never got into our offense. When we took shots, we took shots that weren't part of our offense and they didn't go in. We never got into the flow."

In the junior varsity contest, Lawrence rolled, 82-52, after leading 39-36 at halftime. Adam Wilmes scored 26 points to lead the Lions (5-2). Robbie Favreau contributed 14 points. Todd Heithusen and Scott Hudnall chipped in 10 apiece.

Lawrence next plays at the three-day Topeka Invitational at Hayden. The Lions open on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. with host Hayden.

Box scores on page 5C

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