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Archive for Sunday, January 7, 2001

Trojans topple LHS girls, 57-44

Kemp scores 31 as Topeka High hands Lions their fourth consecutive loss

January 7, 2001

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Topeka High's game plan on Saturday night was Crystal clear.

The Trojans worked the ball inside to Crystal Kemp, their 6-foot-2 center, and she delivered big time. Kemp scored a season-high 31 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead Topeka to a 57-44 girls basketball victory over Lawrence High in the LHS gym.

Lawrence High's Emily Schwartz, center, tries to fight her way
through a double team applied by Topeka High's Stefanie Carter,
left, and Pam Ferrero. The Trojans popped the Lions, 57-44,
Saturday night at LHS.

Lawrence High's Emily Schwartz, center, tries to fight her way through a double team applied by Topeka High's Stefanie Carter, left, and Pam Ferrero. The Trojans popped the Lions, 57-44, Saturday night at LHS.

"I worked on my post moves a lot this year," said Kemp, who connected on 13 of 22 shots from the field and five of seven free throws. "I felt I've improved. My guards get it to me and when they do I try my best to keep them satisfied and score."

Kemp drew rave reviews from the two coaches.

"She's a great player," LHS coach David Platt said. "She takes care of the ball, can shoot the ball inside and outside. She passes well. She defended well. We tried to take it right at her and get her in foul trouble and she did a nice job staying out of foul trouble."

Said Topeka coach Brenda Soldani, "We try to take advantage of anybody who doesn't have any height and even take advantage of teams that have height but are thin and not very strong. She is such a big girl that she can post you up and take it to you."

Kemp took it to LHS plenty. Down 13-8 with 1:40 left in the first quarter, the Trojans (2-6) reeled off 11 unanswered points nine by Kemp to take the lead for good.

The Lions (2-4) closed within four midway through the third period and trailed by six 42-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

Topeka, though, opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 spurt and was never threatened in the final four minutes as the Lions suffered their fourth consecutive loss all on their home court.

"We're playing better and more as a team," said LHS junior guard Ashley Burnett, who scored seven points with two three-pointers. "We're improving. We feel like we should be winning these games. We just aren't executing at crucial times."




Topeka 57,Lawrence 44

TOPEKA (57)Lydia Smith 2-5 2-3 6, Jessica McMurray 1-3 0-0 2, Lindsey Johnson 3-5 3-4 9, Pam Ferrero 2-5 0-1 4, Crystal Kemp 13-22 5-7 31, Stefanie Carter 1-3 0-0 2, Andrea Wimberly 0-1 2-4 2, Diane Torrera 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Einspahr 0-0 0-2 0, Julia Theis 0-0 0-0, Danielle Dinwiddie 0-0 0-0 0, Horchem 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-45 13-23 57.
LAWRENCE (44)Leigh DeBiasse 2-8 3-4 8, Ashley Burnett 2-9 1-3 7, Tayler Guntert 4-11 0-0 9, Mandy Amyx 3-9 0-0 6, Emily Schwartz 3-7 2-2 8, Hallie Fitgerald 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Wilcox 0-1 0-0 0, Cat Ross 2-5 2-2 6, Rachel Severance 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-53 8-11 44.
Topeka 13 17 12 15 57
Lawrence 13 8 15 8 44
Three-point goals Topeka 0-1 (Smith 0-1), Lawrence 4-12 (Burnett 2-4, DeBiasse 1-3, Guntert 1-5). Total fouls Topeka 18, Lawrence 19. Turnovers Topeka 17, Lawrence 12.

The Trojans shot 48.9 percent from the field (22-for-45) and 56.5 percent from the line (13-for-23).

LHS shot 30.2 percent from the field (16-for-53) and 72.7 percent from the line (8-for-11).

"They did a nice job hitting free throws down the stretch," Platt said. "When we were making a run, we'd miss free throws. Those misses were really, really big and they'd step up and hit theirs. They hit more shots than we did. We got off as many shots as they did. They made theirs and we didn't.

"I'm not happy we lost, but we showed a lot of character."

In the junior varsity contest, Topeka hung on for a 37-34 victory. Jenna Wilcox scored 14 points to lead the Lions.

LHS will play host to Shawnee Mission West in the Lions' Sunflower League opener on Thursday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the Lions' gym.

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, Matt Zellar 0-0 0-0 0. 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.

SM East 12 7 13 12 44

Lawrence 11 15 11 14 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, Zellar.

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