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Shots don’t fall for Lions

March 4, 2011

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— The first and second shot for the Lawrence High girls basketball team didn’t fall.

The third, a three-point attempt from junior Christina Haswood, hit every part of the rim before squeaking out.

Three straight misses quickly became eight. Eight became 12. And by the time the Lions missed their 16th straight shot to open the game, coach Nick Wood knew his team was in trouble.

“You could kind of see it in their eyes and the body language a little bit,” Wood said. “‘Uh oh.’ That ‘what’s going on’ look.”

The seventh-seeded Lions ended their season on a sour note, falling 57-21 to second-seeded Olathe Northwest on Thursday. Wood was happy with how his team executed to open the game, getting the ball inside just like the coaching staff wanted.

But nothing would fall through the hoop.

“That’s life,” Wood said. “Sometimes things don’t work the way you want them to.”

Sophomore Michaela Crall led the Ravens (18-3) with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The seniors who played their last game — Emily Peterson, TaMiya Green, Brittany Ray and Kristen Bell — were full of energy at the opening tip. Seniors Kelsey Broadwell (mononucelosis), Rachel Kelly (concussion) and Sami Johnson (concussion) cheered on from the bench.

Wood said he has no doubt that the seniors will be successful in whatever they do after high school.

“We didn’t win as many games as we wanted to on the basketball court,” Wood said. “The important thing is that they’re great people.”

Green led the Lions (6-15) with 10 points. Peterson added four points and five rebounds.

Wood loses the seven seniors, but some underclassmen gained valuable experience during the season. Haswood became a starter and three-point specialist, and junior Brianna Anglin and junior Krista Costa played important roles off the bench.

Wood said he was definitely more comfortable with the program than he was at the same time last year.

“We just need to get a lot better,” Wood said.

No single moment from the season truly stuck out in Wood’s mind. Instead, he just remembered how excited his team was after it won.

Seeing those flashes of success motivates both the coaching staff and the players.

“We try to bust our butt every day to get better,” Wood said. “Winning’s a great feeling. It’s hard to win. It’s easy to lose, and it’s hard to win.”

Box score

Olathe Northwest 57, Lawrence 21

LAWRENCE (21)

Brittany Ray 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Peterson 2-11 0-0 4, Kristen Bell 1-6 0-2 2, TaMiya Green 4-10 2-2 10, Christina Haswood 1-13 0-0 2, Brianna Anglin 0-2 1-2 1, Kylie Seaman 1-2 0-0 2, Krista Costa 0-3 0-0 0, Natalie Wilkins 0-1 0-0 0, Anna Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-50 3-6 21.

OLATHE NORTHWEST (57)

Mackaela Carter 3-10 3-4 11, Ashlyn Landherr 1-4 2-3 4, Vashti Neal 2-10 0-0 4, Madi Haney 2-5 1-2 5, Michaela Crall 9-10 3-4 21, Jaylah Jackson 3-4 2-2 8, Hannah Kovarik 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole Barmann 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey Poulter 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 23-48 11-15 57.

Lawrence 0 6 8 7 — 21

Olathe Northwest 12 21 14 10 — 57

Three-point goals: Lawrence 0-15, Olathe Northwest 2-9 (Carter 2). Shooting: Lawrence 9-50 (18 percent); Olathe Northwest 23-48 (47.9 percent) Turnovers: Lawrence 17, Olathe Northwest 8.

Comments

Clickker 3 years, 10 months ago

I have watched these girls, they just need to spend hours..HOURS...doing nothing but shooting in the gym. Working on proper form and just shooting.

These gals just tend to heave it in the general vicinity of the round orange thing with a net.

justmytwocents 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget proper passing clickker. Not all of them are heavers, but a few of them, I would agree with you.

justmytwocents 3 years, 10 months ago

kind of a sugarcoated story about the game. I was watching with my niece who goes to LHS. LHS turned over the ball with bad passes/no catches by Green for 5 or 6 in a row. No one shot. No one drove. Green wasn't watching the wall into her hands, which makes it hard to catch. And they didn't change the offense.
turnovers on bringing the ball down (although Peterson did a much better job this game than in freestate game). rebounding was a problem at times, and they couldn't buy a bucket by anyone, which is true. Green and Peterson seem to play 28+ minutes a game and give it their all on the floor, and don't seem to get the respect they deserve. The sophomores came on the floor and gave it some energy, too. Most of the girls lack experience in playing ball, along with an inexperienced coach. But they have guts.

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