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LHS gains revenge against SM South, 68-50

January 9, 2002

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Stephen and Lawrence High got even.

Lawrence senior point guard Stephen Vinson scored a season-high 25 points and dished 12 assists to lead the Lions to a 68-50 Sunflower League boys basketball victory over Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday at LHS.

A year ago on the same court, SM South handed the Lions their worst loss of the season, three days after Lawrence nipped the Raiders in the Capital City Classic championship on a last-second shot.

"We were not good friends with them," Vinson said. "We had a little bad blood with them in that first game (last season) when we beat them at the buzzer and then we lost to them by 16."

LHS and its coach were mindful of last season's 64-48 loss to SM South.

"We made a big deal about trying to win by at least 16," said LHS coach Chris Davis, who peeked at the scoreboard afterward just to make sure of the margin. "We knew this was going to be a quality team and the kids were really focused and we did the things we were trying to do. The shots were going down for us. It was a good game all the way around."

LHS, which shot a season-high 55.6 percent (25-for-45) from the field, has now won five in a row to improve to 6-2 overall. The Lions share the Sunflower League lead at 3-0 with the three Olathe schools. SM South, which hadn't played since Dec. 14, dipped to 4-3, 2-1.

The Lions were fabulous from three-point range. LHS made 10 of 16 three-pointers (62.5 percent), including eight consecutive in one stretch.

The 6-foot-3 Vinson made four of six three-point attempts to lead the onslaught while Lawrence's leading scorer D.J. Watkins was held to a season-low six points.

"It's fun playing at home (where the Lions are 3-0)," Vinson said. "I usually shoot on Sundays for a couple of hours to get my shot going. But I took Sunday off and maybe I need to keep taking it off."

SM South coach Mickey Masterson wished Vinson had taken Tuesday off as well.

"Stephen Vinson looked like the best player in the Sunflower League," said Masterson, whose squad trailed 38-20 at halftime. "I've scouted them twice and if you told them we'd hold Watkins to six I would have felt pretty good about the night. The bottom line is they were much more aggressive and Stephen Vinson was the best player on the court tonight."

LHS junior reserve Bryan Cargill scored 11 points and made all three of his three-point attempts all in the first half.

"Bryan Cargill continues to step up and hit big shots and he's playing like a man right now," Vinson said.

Through the first seven games, Vinson averaged 13.6 points to rank second on the squad behind Watkins (22.0).

"Stephen's not been getting the looks that I think he could get and we finally got them today and D.J. did a good job getting him the ball," Davis said. "If we can get one of those two guys on we're going to be in pretty good shape because the rest of the team is pretty balanced."

LHS senior forward Jamie Peterson contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for the surging Lions.

"I think we're on our way to playing our best," Peterson said. "We still have some kinks to work out. We're playing better than we did at the beginning of the year."

SM South, which shot 31 percent from the field, was led by Vince Rodden's 12 points.

Next for LHS is a road game Friday at winless Shawnee Mission Northwest. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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