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Lawrence High girls basketball team shoots poorly in loss

Lawrence High senior April Miller goes up for layup against Olathe Northwest. LHS lost, 49-37, on Friday at Olathe Northwest High.

Lawrence High senior April Miller goes up for layup against Olathe Northwest. LHS lost, 49-37, on Friday at Olathe Northwest High.

February 20, 2010


Lady Lions ripped by Ravens

Lawrence High's girls basketball team fell Friday night to Olathe Northwest. The Lions lost to the Ravens 49-37. Enlarge video

— When the Lawrence High girls basketball team’s shot are falling, it can make for a long night for opponents.

When they aren’t, things can go the way they did Friday against the Olathe Northwest Ravens.

The Lions converted just 6-of-26 field-goal attempts to start the game and couldn’t overcome a 20-15 halftime deficit in falling, 49-37, for the first time in their past three games.

“Unfortunately, we rely on making perimeter shots, and tonight they weren’t going in,” LHS coach Nick Wood said. “We talked to the girls about attacking the basket, but we weren’t doing that until the fourth quarter.”

Despite the shooting woes, the Lions led 8-5 after one quarter and looked to be in control early against Olathe Northwest, a team coached by former Kansas University basketball walk-on Joel Branstrom, who made national news earlier this year by sinking a blindfolded half-court shot that eventually earned him tickets to this year’s NCAA Final Four.

But the Ravens (7-11, 4-5) combined to hit six three-pointers in the second and third quarters and turned the ball over just six times in the second half to pull away.

Haley Parker finished with a team-high 13 points, and Jordyn Tolefree added 10 for the Lions, who fall to 7-11 overall and 4-4 in the Sunflower League heading into Tuesday’s home matchup with Leavenworth at 5:30 p.m.


fshsbird 8 years, 3 months ago

if you live by the 3, your gonna die by the 3. you guys shoot way to many 3 pointers, and on most occassions dont make near enough.

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

I think that is clearly obvious to most observers, that if you lose the game, you don't make enough, threes or otherwise.
But they have also missed key free throws and some layups and some shots just don't go down during the last three games. The last two games have just been LOTS of things gone wrong. Hopefully, the girls will figure out what that is, what they need to do as a team, and finish strong. Their record doesn't adequately show how well they can play. I think the Topeka Seaman game was about the best one yet.

fshsbird 8 years, 3 months ago

mom, seaman is aweful, we need to evaluate this talented team against teams that are the same skill level as them. as great a win against o-east was, it is a frightening stat that they only made two 2 point baskets. no one can win like that consistently.

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

Seaman is not awful, they are 11-4 and doing good in their league. But they played awful that game. Yes, it was a bad statistic that LHS only made two 2 point baskets against O-East, but it wasn't from lack of trying. They missed quite a few. But they were hitting the three. The last two games, they had problems hitting everything. But they will figure it out.

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