Lions roll past Wyandotte, 63-20

Lawrence High guard Kiikto Thomas fires up a jump shot against Wyandotte on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 at LHS.

If there’s one thing Lawrence High girls basketball coach Jeff Dickson doesn’t have to worry about it’s his team looking ahead.

With the City Showdown on Friday — in historic Phog Allen Fieldhouse nonetheless — not looking past its game against Wyandotte on Tuesday night was easier said than done.

Regardless, LHS showed no lack of focus, and took care of the task at hand with a 63-20 home win over Wyandotte (0-3) on Tuesday night.

“That’s something all of the kids have strived for, especially our senior group this year,” Dickson said. “They don’t want to be a team that’s up for one team and down for another. They know to truly be great you’ve got to go out and do it every single night.”

The Lions (4-0, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A) dominated from start to finish on both sides of the ball. They shot 44 percent from the field and turned the ball over just seven times, holding the Bulldogs to just 22 percent shooting and 21 turnovers.

The Lions were able to gamble in the passing lanes, even in their half-court defense because they had the security of sophomore Chisom Ajekwu patrolling the paint. AJekwu had six blocks, altered a handful of other shots, and picked up just one foul.

“It makes our job a lot easier with her length in the paint,” junior E’lease Stafford said. “It makes it easier to get out and go for a layup (off steals).”

The Lions led 20-8 after the first quarter, and outscored the Bulldogs, 15-1, in the second quarter to put the game well out of reach.

Both Stafford and Ajekwu scored 10 points to lead the Lions, sophomore Hannah Stewart added nine points, and four other players scored between five and seven points.

“That was good to see,” Dickson said. “It was good to see a lot of kids step up and knock down shots.”

Now LHS will turn its attention to the City Showdown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, which will be played in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time.

“It’s the most iconic college basketball gym in the world,” Dickson said. “I think all of our kids — and I’m sure I can speak for the Free State kids, too — respect that building and that court and are honored to be there.”

Dickson said he wants his players to treat Friday like any other game, but he also knows that the atmosphere in Allen Fieldhouse will be unlike anything his team has seen this season.

“It’s going to be a really interesting opportunity to see how they handle that atmosphere,” Dickson said. “I’m really curious to see what we’re going to do.”


Hannah Stewart 1-3 3-3 5, Olivia Lemus 3-5 2-2 9, Skylar Drum 3-4 0-0 7, Leslie Ostronic 0-2 0-0 0, Anna DeWitt 0-1 0-0 0, Talima Harjo 1-1 0-0 2, Kiikto Thomas 2-5 3-6 8, Tyrin Cosey 1-6 0-0 2, Evann Seratte 0-0 1-2 1, Tamo Thomas 2-8 1-2 5, Asia Goodwin 2-2 0-0 4, Carmen Windholz 0-0 0-0 0, E’lease Stafford 4-7 0-0 10, Chisom Ajekwu 5-13 0-0 10. Totals: 24-55 10-15 63.


Jada Ali 0-0 0-0 0, Tieisha Bradley 0-0 0-4 0, Jayla Buckner 0-1 0-0 0, Monique Hunt 3-9 4-11 11, Breanna Jones 0-3 0-1 0, Ce-anna Kirby 2-4 1-2 6, Charneece Maxwell 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 6-27 5-18 20.

Lawrence 20 15 23 5 — 63

Wyandotte 8 1 3 8 — 20

Three-point goals: Lawrence 5-12 (Stafford 2, Lemus, Drum, K. Thomas); Wyandotte 3-7 (Hunt, Kirby, Maxwell). Fouled out: None. Turnovers: Lawrence 7, Wyandotte 21.