Happiness is NOT playing the top-ranked team in the state without your leading scorer.
Overland Park Aquinas 59,Lawrence 27
|AQUINAS (59)Lauren Wenski 6 8-10 22Ebony Haliburton 0 2-4 2Carolyn McCullough 8 0-0 16Melissa Watkins 3 0-0 6Kelly Fitzpatrick 2 0-0 6Lauren McCarthy 0 2-4 2Samantha Paradise 1 0-0 2Molly Koch 1 0-0 2Jody Holland 0 1-2 1Totals 21 13-20 59|
|LAWRENCE (27)Hallie Fitzgerald 2 1-2 5Tayler Guntert 1 0-0 2Emily Schwartz 3 0-0 6Leigh DeBiasse 2 2-4 6Ashley Burnett 2 1-2 6Rachel Severance 1 0-0 2Totals 11 4-8 27.|
|Three-point goals Aquinas 4 (Wenski 2Fitzpatrick 2)Lawrence 1 (Burnett)Total fouls Aquinas 13Lawrence 13Fouled out None.|
That's what Lawrence High's girls basketball team (3-5) had to do on Tuesday night and, not surprisingly, Overland Park Aquinas (11-0) squashed the Lions, 59-27.
Mandy Amyx, a 5-10 junior who averages 13.9 points a game, hadn't been able to practice because of a respiratory infection. She suited Tuesday night, but did not participate.
"She wanted to play, but if she was too sick to do sprints in practice I decided it wouldn't be the best thing for her to use her," LHS coach David Platt said. "We missed her."
Aquinas sophomore Lauren Wenski scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter.
"With Mandy out we psyched ourselves out and weren't ready to play," said guard Leigh DeBiasse, one of three Lions who scored a team-high six points. "Mandy is one of our bigger players and (Aquinas) has size."
Lawrence High not only had difficulty stopping the 5-foot-9 Wenski, they didn't have an answer for 6-1 freshman Carolyn McCullough who contributed 16 points all from near the basket.
At halftime, trailing 36-15, Platt didn't need a loudspeaker to convey his message.
"I thought we came out not ready to play at all," said guard Ashley Burnett, who also scored six points, "then we got yelled at a halftime, did better in the third quarter and that's about it."
In the JV game, Aquinas won 39-30. Jenna Wilcox led the Lions with eight points.