Lions drop season-high 92 points to notch 10th consecutive win
photo by: Carter Gaskins
After a sluggish opening quarter, it was business as usual for the Lawrence High boys basketball team.
LHS had not played an actual game in nearly a week, as two of its games were postponed this week due to weather. It also disrupted Lawrence’s practice routine, and the rust was evident during a back-and-forth opening period with Wyandotte.
The Lions then scored 28 points in the second quarter en route to a 92-68 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night at LHS.
“It was a fun offensive game,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said. “We weren’t really good in practice this week, so this had the makings for a wild game. I thought our guys played with a good energy and a good spirit.”
Lawrence (10-1, No. 2 in Class 6A) has now won 10 games in a row, a stretch that is twice as long as its longest win streak last year.
But, at least for a moment, the Lions looked capable of being beaten. After senior Trey Quartlebaum scored on the game’s first possession, LHS missed its next seven shots and recorded a pair of turnovers.
Wyandotte (2-10) took a brief 12-11 lead at the 3:25 mark, which woke the Lions backs up. Lawrence attacked the rim to manufacture its next three baskets courtesy of juniors Mayson Quartlebaum and Bryce Johnson along with Trey Quartlebaum.
“I tried to emphasize this with our team, but I fully expected Wyandotte to come out and be competitive,” Lewis said. “I told our guys that there isn’t a 20-point play, so you can’t just walk out there and all of sudden be up 20 points. You have to earn it, and Wyandotte wasn’t here just to give it to us.”
LHS, which won the Topeka Invitational tournament last weekend with three double-digit wins, then broke the game open with an offensive clinic in the second period.
Mayson Quartlebaum scored three buckets, including a putback off a miss by his older brother, during Lawrence’s 8-0 run to start the second quarter. Sophomore Zeke Mayo, who finished with a team-high 20 points, then drilled four 3-pointers to help the Lions take a 46-30 advantage at the intermission.
“After I got my block, I was like, ‘Oh it’s going to be a game,” said Mayson Quartlebaum, who finished with 19 points. “At first, we were (overlooking) them, but coach told us they had some dudes.”
Senior Clarence King got going in the third quarter, when he scored 9 of his 17 points to help the Lions pull away.
Midway through the fourth period, Lewis was able dig deep into his bench. Eleven different players scored to help Lawrence record a season-high 92 points. Johnson’s emphatic dunk at the 3:14 mark gave the Lions 83 points, which was 1 point higher than the previous best mark on the year.
Senior Garrett Hart, senior Bryant Graham, junior Peyton Mallory and junior Willie Dotson all netted late buckets. Junior Ruben Littlehead also hit a free throw to impact the final outcome. It marked the team’s ninth double-digit win over the previous 10 games.
“With our team, I’m not really surprised (about the win streak),” Mayson Quartlebaum said. “I think we could not lose another game.”
Lawrence plays host to Shawnee Mission East at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Walzel Evans 12-27 2-5 30; Torry Moore 8-14 1-1 17; Deylon Burton 1-5 0-0 2; Norman Robinson 5-9 0-1 12; Jahoida Goines 2-6 1-3 5; Devon Dickerson 0-1 0-0 0; Bobbie Keys 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 29-63 4-10 68.
Zeke Mayo 7-13 2-2 20; Clarence King 5-9 4-4 17; Brett Chapple 2-8 2-4 6; Trey Quartlebaum 4-10 0-0 10; Garrett Hart 2-2 0-1 4; Mayson Quartlebaum 9-11 0-0 19; Bryce Johnson 2-4 1-4 5; Bryant Graham 1-4 1-2 3; Willie Dotson 2-4 0-0 5; Ruben Littlehead 0-2 1-2 1; Peyton Mallory 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 35-68 11-19 92.
Wyandotte 15 15 17 21 — 68
Lawrence 18 28 20 26 — 92
3-point goals: Wyandotte 6-14 (Evans 4; Robinson 2). Lawrence 11-25 (Mayo 4, King 3, T. Quartlebaum 2, M. Quarlebaum, Dotson). Turnovers: Wyandotte 12, Lawrence 10. Fouled out: None.