Basketball is a team sport and Lawrence High proved it Saturday.
Nine Lions scored and a variety of Lawrence players stepped up when necessary in a 51-44 boys victory over Shawnee Mission East in the Lions' gym.
Lawrence High coach Chris Davis
"That's one of the really good things about our team," Lions coach Chris Davis said. "We have a lot of kids who can come in and play and be the guy when we need them. One of the luxuries I have as a coach is having enough players to be able to choose from to put in there in specific times and that was a key for us."
Five Lions scored in the first quarter, but the Lancers took a 12-11 lead on a jumper by Adam Jones with just seconds left.
Lawrence (5-2 overall, 1-0 Sunflower League) upped its defensive intensity in the second quarter, holding the Lancers to seven points, and Matt Dunkin, who transferred last season to Lawrence from SM East, stepped up on the offensive end.
The Lions forced seven turnovers in the period. During one stretch the Lancers committed turnovers on six straight possessions and Dunkin scored three consecutive baskets to increase the Lions' lead to 23-14.
"It's an incredible feeling," Dunkin said, "not just because it's the school I came from but this is also our first Sunflower League game and it was a great way to start off the league season."
Lawrence 51,Shawnee Mission East 44
|Shawnee Mission East (44)Matt Benge 3-10 0-0 8, Andy Jenkins 2-12 2-4 7, Edward Spencer 3-11 0-1 7, Justin Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Jones 6-10 0-0 12, Whitt Potts 3-8 0-0 6, Chris Gerlach 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 19-55 2-5 44.|
|Lawrence (51)Stephen Vinson 3-8 2-2 10, Devin McAnderson 2-4 0-1 4, D.J. Watkins 2-3 1-2 7, Jamie Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Dunkin 4-8 0-0 8, Brandon McAnderson 0-1 4-4 4, Grant VanBlaricum 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Frederick 1-5 0-0 2, Terrelle Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, C.J. Kie 3-6 2-4 8, Martin deBoer 2-6 2-2 6, David Parkinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 11-15 51.|
|Three-point goals Shawnee Mission East 4-17 (Benge 2-6, Jenkins 1-6, Spencer 1-5), Lawrence 4-11 (Vinson 2-5, Watkins 2-3, D. McAnderson 0-1, Frederick 0-1, deBoer 0-1). Turnovers Shawnee Mission East 14, Lawrence 17. Total fouls Shawnee Mission East 19, Lawrence 12. Fouled out Benge, Matt Zellar.|
Shawnee Mission East (5-1, 2-1) scored the next five points, but a D.J. Watkins three-pointer gave Lawrence a 26-19 halftime lead.
The Lions and Lancers traded buckets for the first four minutes of the third period, but back-to-back buckets by C.J. Kie gave Lawrence its biggest lead, 35-25.
SM East clawed back and tied the game at 37-37 on Edward Spencer's three-pointer with 5:38 remaining. The Lancers took their first lead since the second quarter just seconds later on a layup by Spencer.
Stephen Vinson tied the game on the Lions' next possession with a spinning fast-break layup between three Lancers.
"The momentum was obviously changing and in that situation and you know you have to step up and make a shot," Vinson said. "It was just kind of a one-on-one move and I got it off and luckily it went in."
The junior used conditioning more than luck 90 seconds later when he gave Lawrence the lead for good on a three-pointer.
"As soon as I got the ball I shot it," Vinson said. "and I actually thought it was short, I thought my legs were tired. I guess I've run enough sprints that it went in for me."
Lawrence outrebounded the Lancers 34-13.
"We did not rebound one bit," SM East coach Shawn Hair said, "and when you don't rebound you don't win."
Vinson led Lawrence with 10 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. Dunkin and Kie both scored eight points, and Kie pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
In the junior varsity game, SM East won, 50-44. Watkins scored 11 points for LHS and Casey Rahmeier added 10.