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The Dividing Line

Lawrence High girls basketball wins, FSHS falls in day 2 of Firebird Winter Classic

Bobby Nightengale

After some close losses earlier this season, Lawrence High's girls basketball team wasn't going to let its latest chance just slip away. When the pressure was turned up a little bit in the fourth quarter, the Lions answered with 14 straight points to put the game away and rip out ...

Free State girls hoops win, LHS girls lose on first day of Firebird Winter Classic

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team knew it had a big talent advantage against Topeka West on Thursday in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic. But give credit to the Firebirds. They didn't go through the motions. They played hard, shot well, and looked sharp in their first ...

Lawrence High boys hoops suffers first loss; Morgan leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

When Lawrence High's boys basketball players are playing at their best, they look unbeatable. But in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship on Saturday, they just couldn't find their rhythm for a few stretches. Against undefeated Wichita East, the Lions couldn't afford some of those mistakes and they suffered their [first ...

Lawrence High boys basketball aims to make history at Topeka tournament; Bonner tops player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team has played in the Topeka Invitational Tournament for 49 years. On Saturday, the Lions will try to repeat as champions for the first time in school history. After a four-point win over Wichita Southeast in the quarterfinals, the Lions ramped it up a notch in ...

Free State boys hoops beats St. James; Gudde leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Entering Thursday, Free State High's boys basketball team had lost three of its past four games, but nobody was complaining about its defense. The Firebirds were holding teams well below their scoring averages, but just couldn't find ways to score enough points to win games. In a two-point loss to ...

Lawrence High hoops split with Olathe East; Bonner and Pope top player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team has faced some highly ranked teams this season, and have beat all of them. But Friday's matchup against Olathe East had a little different feel to it. The Lions got some revenge for their sub-state title loss last year by [winning 72-55][1], but I thought ...

Free State basketball splits against Leavenworth; Piper and Hack lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Nobody was pushing the panic button, but Free State High's boys basketball players were relieved by their victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday. Finally, the offense got back on track. The Firebirds stepped up in the second half and scored in a variety of ways, finding players cutting to the hoop, ...

LHS hoops split against Olathe South; Bonner and Drum lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team showed how much it can dominate on both sides of the ball this week. On Tuesday, the Lions shot 71 percent from the field (30 of 42) in a rout against Leavenworth. On Friday, they let their defense do the talking [in a 72-41 victory ...

Free State hoops split against SM East; seniors lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team has three forwards — senior Sarah Coversup, sophomore Madison Piper and senior Adriana Jadlow — who are matchup nightmares for opposing teams and they all can score in quick bursts. When one of the three has an off night, the other two usually step ...

Free State boys basketball routs KC East; seniors lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

There were plenty of reasons for Free State's boys basketball team to come out flat against Kansas City East on Friday. It was the first game back from winter break. The outcome was never in doubt, with the Firebirds leading by 14 after the first quarter. But credit to the ...

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