Olathe Ten days ago, the Lawrence High boys basketball team traveled to Leavenworth and looked lethargic in a 70-49 loss to the Pioneers.
It wasn’t pretty either, as the Lions trailed 14-4 after a quarter and 30-15 at halftime.
That result doesn’t bother coach Mike Lewis too much heading into today’s matchup with Leavenworth at Olathe North for the right to go to the state tournament.
In fact, he’s confident that his team’s confidence after knocking off top-seeded Olathe South on Wednesday will give it an advantage.
“We like being the underdog, and like the fact that we’re getting another chance at Leavenworth,” Lewis said.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Leavenworth (15-6), seeded fifth in the sub-state, knocked off fourth-seeded Topeka, 56-47. The Lions (8-13) took down Olathe South, 47-44, in overtime.
KJ Pritchard led the Lions with 21 points in the first matchup, but sprained his ankle during Wednesday’s win. Lewis said that Pritchard will test the ankle during warmups and try to play.
Just like on Wednesday, Lewis expects the other 11 guys on the roster to be ready to play significant minutes. The rotation will probably shrink to seven or eight guys in the second half, but everyone will get a shot to make an impact on the game.
“Our guys are waiting for that opportunity to get on the court,” Lewis said.
Leavenworth’s Grant Greenberg and Preston Padgett combined for 35 points for the first meeting. Kyle Wiggins is also a potent offensive threat, scoring 26 points in the Pioneers’ victory against Topeka on Wednesday.