KANSAS CITY, KAN. Junior Josie Polk scored 21 points for the second straight game, leading Lawrence High's girls basketball squad to a 65-44 rout of KC-Washington on Monday.
The Lions (1-1) jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never relented, scoring in bunches against a Washington squad deemed athletic by LHS coach Kristin Mallory. Lawrence sank three three-pointers in the opening period.
"We're playing in the city - it's a different style of ball there," Mallory said. "But they've really improved from last year. Their style of play fit in to what they had - they push the ball real well."
Juniors Rachael Klingler and Cherrale Ricks added 10 points and senior Leigh DeBiasse nine for the Lions. Mallory said DeBiasse and Polk were learning to jell, and that combination proved lethal on Monday.
"(Polk) had another good game all-around," Mallory said.
"The girls did a nice job of finding her. She was able to catch and shoot. Her and Leigh Debiasse have worked well together; they did a nice job."
The Lions play today at KC Harmon.
Lawrence 65, KC-Washington 44
Lawrence High 19 19 8 19 - 65
KC-Washington 6 9 9 20 - 44
Lawrence scorers: Leigh DeBiasse 9, Shari Lassiter 2, Audrey Pope 5, Josie Polk 21, Rachael Klingler 10, Cherrale Ricks 10, Megan Klingler 4, Jenna Wilcox 4.
Lawrence High JV 58, KC-Washington 21
Lawrence highlights: Megan Klingler 13, Liz Hyler 10 points, 10 rebounds.