Archive for Saturday, March 6, 1999

Olathe East ends LHS girls’ season

March 6, 1999


One last run by Olathe East was one too many for Lawrence High's girls to overcome Friday night in the Hawks' gym.

Ahead by four points with 3:47 left, O-East (12-9) closed with a 10-1 surge to seal a 58-45 Class 6A sub-state victory over LHS and end the Lions' season. The Hawks had earlier runs of 12-0 and 10-0 to build their lead.

"I don't know if we were tired but we missed some shots," said LHS coach David Platt, whose Lions finished 6-15. "We had some easy looks and Olathe East got a lot of second and third shots. We talked about boxing out, but I guess we weren't quite ready. It hurt us that Allison (Ramirez) got into foul trouble because she had a heck of a game."

LHS shot 35 percent from the field (17-for-48) while O-East shot 40 percent (18-for-44). The Hawks outscored the Lions 22-7 at the free-throw line.

"We knew they were a good free-throw shooting team," said LHS junior point guard Dani May, who scored a team-high 10 points. "They got the opportunities and knocked them down."

O-East's Katie Sears, a 6-foot senior, knocked down plenty of baskets. She scored a game-high 21 points on 10-for-16 shooting.

Defensively, O--East smothered Somer Easterwood, the Lions' leading scorer all season. Easterwood, who scored 21 points against the Hawks a month ago, was limited to eight points.

Olathe East will play Shawnee Mission Northwest, a 61-49 winner over Olathe North, at 6 tonight for a berth in next week's Class 6A state tournament in Emporia.

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