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Near-perfect plan: LHS boys basketball misfires at buzzer, falls to O-Northwest

Lawrence High junior Anthony Buffalomeat (25) knocks the ball away from Olathe Northwest sophomore Trey Bales during Lawrence High’s game against Olathe Northwest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Lawrence.

Lawrence High junior Anthony Buffalomeat (25) knocks the ball away from Olathe Northwest sophomore Trey Bales during Lawrence High’s game against Olathe Northwest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Lawrence.

February 19, 2011

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Lawrence High’s gameplan entering Friday’s matchup with Olathe Northwest was simple: contain 6-foot-9 force Willie Cauley inside and force the Ravens to hit outside shots.

And for the most part, the Lions did it, holding the Ravens to 1-for-14 three-point shooting.

But junior Shane Willoughby’s 25-foot three-pointer with two seconds remaining missed the mark, giving the Ravens a tough 41-40 victory on Senior Night at LHS.

Coach Mike Lewis acknowledged that his players, especially his seniors, were pretty down about letting an opportunity to knock off a 13-2 team slip away.

Seniors Jake Johnson, Trent Edwards, Ross Johnson and Garrett Wagner were honored in a pregame ceremony.

“They wanted it,” Lewis said. “They’re a very classy group of young men. It’s too bad that we can’t go out on a good note.”

All the seniors played except Wagner. Lewis said Wagner’s benching was an “internal matter.” Wagner will play next week.

After junior Logan Henrichs banked in a three-pointer, the Lions led, 38-37, with 2:21 to go in the fourth quarter. Ravens junior Shavon Shields, plagued by foul trouble all game, converted a three-point play to give O-Northwest a two-point lead.

Lawrence’s KJ Pritchard missed a short jumper on the next possession, and Shields added another free throw for a 41-38 lead. Pritchard hit his next short shot, and the Lions (7-11) fouled Cauley in transition with seven seconds left.

Lewis then called a timeout.

Cauley missed both freebies, but the scramble for the rebound took precious seconds off the clock and effectively messed up Lewis’ original playcall. Pritchard dribbled the length of the floor, flipping the ball off to Willoughby with seconds remaining.

Willoughby had his feet set, but the shot just fell short.

“You have to try to take the positives out of it, and that’s not always real easy when you have the opportunity to get the win and you feel like you should’ve got it,” Lewis said.

Cauley finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but had just eight points and four rebounds after halftime. No one else scored more than six for the Ravens.

Pritchard led the Lions with 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

Despite the loss, the Lions’ gameplan seemed to work. It might work again if the Lions meet the Ravens in substate play.

The Lions travel to Leavenworth on Tuesday.

Box score

Olathe Northwest 41, Lawrence High boys 40

OLATHE NORTHWEST (41)

Davis Reid 1-4 0-0 2, Trey Bales 0-6 0-0 0, Austin Fisher 2-5 0-0 5, Shavon Shields 2-7 2-3 6, Willie Cauley 7-11 8-11 22, Andrew Trotter 2-2 0-1 4, Sam Power 1-1 0-0 2, Graham Dobbins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-37 8-15 41.

LAWRENCE (40)

KJ Pritchard 6-15 1-2 16, Shane Willoughby 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony Buffalomeat 3-9 0-0 6, Logan Henrichs 5-7 0-2 14, Jake Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Trent Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Derby Miller 0-4 0-0 0, Ross Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Brad Strauss 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 16-42 1-4 40.

Olathe Northwest 12 13 7 9 — 41

Lawrence 11 11 11 7 — 40

Three-point goals: Olathe Northwest 1-14 (Fisher); Lawrence 7-20 (Henrichs 4, Pritchard 3). Shooting: Olathe Northwest 15-37 (40.6 percent); Lawrence 15-37 (38.1 percent). Turnovers: Olathe Northwest 10, Lawrence 13.

Comments

hail2oldku 3 years, 10 months ago

"But junior Shane Willoughby’s 25-foot three-pointer with two seconds remaining missed the mark, giving the Ravens a tough 41-40 victory on Senior Night at LHS."

Clarke, Shane is just a sophomore. He looks older than Troy, but he is the younger brother.

Well played game Lions. I realize there are no moral victories here, but if the team learned some leasons in this game it will be worth the heartache in the long run.

CHEEZIT 3 years, 10 months ago

Basically a three man team and those three players play the same position. Great coaching?

hail2oldku 3 years, 10 months ago

I just read through every story listed for the Lions basketball team from LAST season. The only Juniors mentioned in any of those stories were Seniors mentioned in THIS story. That would indicate to me, the Seniors who didn't make the team this year were cut for a reason. They just weren't that good to begin with, otherwise they would have been contributors last year.

Given the choices Mike had, I think I would go the same way myself. Keep Sophomores and Juniors that are eligible to play JV and hopefully further their development instead of hanging on to Seniors that don't appear to have helped me much previously and WON'T be around to help me NEXT year. Even if the only thing they do during the varsity game is ride the pine they can still learn something to help out in the future. A Senior that is going to ride the pine doesn't do that.

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't bother using logic on them hail. A parent who feels his kid has been slighted is a most illogical being.

I will sort of agree with lion at heart, at times KJ forces a few too many shots. I don't think you take it away from him though because when he's hot, it doesn't matter what kind of shot he is taking.

lion_at_heart 3 years, 10 months ago

In my opinion Pritchard takes way too many shots and doesnt make enough of them. I mean who does he think he is..Dorian Green?

CHEEZIT 3 years, 10 months ago

Maybe if those kids didn't play the whole game they'd have enough energy to finish??? Maybe a little rotation??? Who said my kid was slighted???

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