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LIONS EDGE SM NORTHWEST

February 11, 1998

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Maybe El Nino has infiltrated Lawrence High's boys basketball team.

Since blowing out Tulsa (Okla.) Will Rogers by 47 points 2 out and truly help us make music the great healing force.''

Collas is grateful for Hunt's support.

``Kelley Hunt is one of the best musicians around,'' she said. ``We are proud to have her as the highlight of the evening.''

Hunt, a Lawrence resident, is a singer-songwriter-pianist who tours throughout the country, performing at blues festivals and other venues. She is known for her bluesy vocals and boogie-woogie piano playing.

Organizers of the benefit hope to raise $3,500. April Ramos, executive director of Douglas County AIDS Project, said the proceeds will go into the agency's general operating fund and then be used to pay for client services, educatior guard Jim Rhodes hit two free throws with seven seconds left for the last of his game-high 18 points to secure the Lions' victory over the Cougars (2-13, 1-6). With two seconds left, Northwest's Josko Brkic's three-point attempt bounced off the backboard and rim.

``It should have been a blowout, but it's good to get a win,'' said Rhodes, shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line for the season. ``We need to put teams away. We held them off and that's what counts.''

Rhodes and teammates Todd Heitshusen and Adam Wilmes have battled the flu this week.

``I think we were focused, but our minds may have been on how our legs were going to hold up,'' said Rhodes, who scored seven of Lawrence High's nine points in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 51-50 with 22 seconds left, the Cougars committed a turnover in front of Northwest's bench. LHS senior point guard Andrew Watkins tipped a pass and an official ruled that SM Northwest's Jon Summer tipped it after Watkins did.

The Lions led 49-40 after Scott Miller's basket inside following a Rhodes' assist. The Cougars closed within one on a 10-2 surge before Rhodes' two free throws.

``You can't say enough about senior leadership down the stretch,'' Vancuren said. ``We had a lot of guys sick ... not at the top of their game. Scott Miller comes up big with 11 points. We had a lot of people play and contribute. We can't say enough about the team victory.''

Heitshusen, averaging 18.6 points a game to lead LHS, scored seven points -- all in the third quarter. His three-pointer from the baseline with 5:12 left in the third period was his 42nd of the season, setting a school record for treys in a season.

In the junior varsity contest, SM Northwest defeated LHS, 67-58. Kin Vinson and Michael Coggins combined for 34 of the Lions' points. Vinson scored 18 points to lead LHS (4-7).

The Lions will play at Shawnee Mission East on Friday.

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