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Lions a triple threat: Lawrence High girls basketball team tallies 11 three-pointers in victory

LHS senior Haley Parker (25) drives to the basket in the second half Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 during the Lawrence and Shawnee Mission South girls game in Overland Park.

LHS senior Haley Parker (25) drives to the basket in the second half Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 during the Lawrence and Shawnee Mission South girls game in Overland Park.

February 17, 2010

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Lawrence High girls defeat SM South

The Lawrence High girls rode some accurate shooting to a Tuesday victory at Shawnee Mission South. Enlarge video

— Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood once played in a game where his team made 33 three-pointers in a 60-point victory.

But that was nothing compared with the thrill Wood felt Tuesday, when his team hit 11 treys and knocked off Shawnee Mission South, 42-37, at SMS.

“If you move the ball around you’re going to get good looks,” Wood said. “And it just so happened that our good looks came from the outside and Cassie (Potter) and Jordyn (Tolefree) knocked them down.”

Potter and Tolefree combined to drain 11-of-19 three-pointers on the night. Potter alone drilled seven-of-11.

“We played unselfish tonight, and we really played as a team,” she said. “Because of that, when I was open, I decided that I was going to shoot it. And the shots just kept going in.”

Good thing, too. The Lions needed every one of them.

“I didn’t realize how many three-pointers we hit until I got back and was talking with my assistants,” Wood said. “We figured out that we actually only made two two-pointers the entire game.”

One came from Shelby Miller early in the third quarter, and the other came from Haley Parker to open the fourth. Other than that, it was all Tolefree and Potter and a few free throws sprinkled in.

The scene leading up to one particular three-pointer — which put LHS up 40-35 with 3:00 to play — was particularly memorable.

With the Lions leading by two, Parker pressured the ball in the backcourt and came up with a steal. As she rolled on the ground trying to protect the ball, Wood called a timeout, which was granted by the official. As soon as the whistle blew, Potter flashed into the picture and received a pass from Parker but could do nothing with it because play had been stopped.

“She most likely had a layup there,” Wood said. “But the girls had no issue with the timeout. We settled them down in the huddle, drew up a play to get a three-pointer off of a double-screen and Jordyn knocked it down. Three’s worth more than two anyway, so we’ll take that.”

While the Lions’ offense came largely from the outside, their defense was as nasty as it has been all season. LHS (7-9) forced SM South into 20 turnovers — while committing just seven — and snagged 12 steals and forced five or six more tie-ups that led to jump balls.

“When we’re guarding man-to-man, we really make it a point to get after it,” Wood said. “It’s a mentality. And I thought we really did a good job of locking in and guarding tonight.”

Potter led all scorers with 22 points, while Tolefree added 12 and Parker chipped in with four. Potter said she thought the momentum they gained from Tolefree’s game-winning buzzer-beater last Friday carried over into Tuesday’s contest.

“I think this is one of the best games we’ve played as a team all season,” she said. “And I think if we keep playing like this, we could get on a roll and we could be tough to beat.”

LHS will look to make it three wins in a row on Thursday, when they play host to Olathe North at 7 p.m.

Comments

strong_eight 4 years, 2 months ago

It's alright shygal, we all know who really scored those 7 three pointers. Potter was hot that night and deserves her credit!

obviously those three pointers really counted, cause obviously the girls won and didn't give up. they might have pulled it out of their (bottoms) but they sure gave a good fight. the paper of course isn't going to talk about the little things that happened because everyone should try to focus on the better points. they won therefore the paper is going to give praise. if they were to loose then on the other hand the paper would have possably pointed out the mistakes. those girls worked their tales off and deserve more credit where its due. given from the first game to now, the girls have really meshed well and work great together on the court.

what does anyone expect out of the coach? there are eight seniors this year which is four times last years seniors which was easier last year to play more players. altough this years team is made up of seniors. why pull up so many more girls when there are already eight talented senior players? it is their senior year and its expected that such a great team is going to play those eight seniors more. given he tries his best to succeed and get these girls to be the best they can be. but given it better be expected that obviously these eight seniors are going to be playing mostly all the time on senior night against their rivalry.

GO LIONS!

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mom_of_three 4 years, 2 months ago

But the girls were hitting lights out on threes

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mom_of_three 4 years, 2 months ago

nasty defense, hitting three's. The only thing the paper didn't talk about were all the missed easy buckets. This team can be hard to beat if they fix all the few little things - rebounds, missing bunnies, layups. And they are playing more as a team, but still a little improvement is needed on that.
I would like to know what he is going to do next year....he has opportunities to give other players experience and he doesn't. And don't tell me he always plays the best either....

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shygal83 4 years, 2 months ago

Journal world you're killing me! Thanks of for fixing the caption online but the actual printed paper is wrong. How many points are you going to screw Potter out of? No offense to Parker, but those 7 three pointers are Potters. This is the 3rd time her points have been wrong in the paper...

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