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Prep Appraisals — City Showdown
Round 2 of the City Showdown lived up to the hype Friday night with another thriller in the Lawrence High versus Free State series.
After LHS junior guard Shane Willoughby secured the dramatic 38-36 win for the home team, three of the last four meetings between the Lions and Firebirds have been decided by two points or less — and the other went to overtime.
Lawrence had to play without leading scorer KJ Pritchard, but the rest of the Lions stepped up and made enough plays to get the victory — even though LHS didn't really have an answer for Free State senior guard Brett Frantz.
Here's a look at the City Showdown version of "Prep Appraisals."
1. Logan Henrichs, sr. — Sank two clutch free throws to give Lawrence a two-point lead with 1:12 to play. Scored six points and grabbed seven boards, but also drew two charges in the second half and went diving into the bleachers trying for a steal.
2. Shane Willoughby, jr. — Hadn't scored since the second quarter, but still had the mettle to make the game-winning layup through two Free State defenders. Finished with eight points, a busted lip and a night he can tell his grandkids about.
3. Jake Mosiman, jr. — The sweet-shooting guard keyed a third-quarter turn-around for LHS, scoring 12 of the team's 16 points with four three-point bombs.
4. Anthony Buffalomeat, sr. — Not a huge scoring night for "Buff," who had six, but he also pulled down six big rebounds and contributed defensively with a pair of steals.
5. Bryce Montes de Oca, so. — Only three points and four boards on an off night for the big man.
6. Troy Willoughby, sr. — No points, but always a defensive cog for LHS as the older of the scrappy Willoughby brothers.
7. Austin Abbott, jr. — The break-out player of the game. Previously, Abbott had only played in mop-up duty for the Lions. But with Pritchard's injury, a spot in the rotation opened up. Abbott responded immediately upon entering the game in the second quarter. He went up for an offensive rebound, brought it down, went back up for a basket and drew the foul for a three-point play.
8. Tyrone Jenkins, jr. — Never gets a lot of playing time, but always gives LHS some bulk off the bench.
* KJ Pritchard, sr. — It would've been easy for Pritchard to feel bad for himself after injuring his right ankle a few hours before tip Friday night. On his own Senior Night, the Lions' leading scorer didn't do any sulking on the sideline while soaking his swollen ankle in a Gatorade bucket. Instead, he was hopping around during timeouts and staying in his teammates' ears. LHS coach Mike Lewis praised Pritchard for how he handled it: "I'm really proud of the way he stuck his chest out. He was coaching and being enthusiastic with the guys and was really mature for the situation."
Free State boys
1. Brett Frantz, sr. — As LHS coach Lewis put it, this was a guy that clearly wanted the ball in his hands and wanted to win the game for his team. Frantz scored nearly half of his team's points, with 17, and had all three of Free State's fourth-quarter field goals. Two of them tied the game in the final two minutes.
2. Gabe Patterson, sr. — Got the best of the big-man battle with Montes de Oca. While Patterson only scored six points, he was huge on the glass with nine rebounds, had a monster blocked shot that actually ignited a fast break and limited Montes de Oca to three points.
3. Cameron Dabney, sr. — Scored a couple buckets inside, but his usually reliable mid-range jumper wasn't falling. Scored four points and had four rebounds.
4. Shawn Knighton, sr. — Made some nice drive-and-dish plays for the Firebirds and scored four points in transition.
5. Kyle McFarland, jr. — Really helped out in the second quarter, nabbing three rebounds and scoring on a drive.
6. Cole Moreano, so. — Got one of his three-pointers to drop as FSHS made a push in the second quarter and took a halftime lead.
7. Blake Winslow, so. — A couple boards off the bench for the athletic defender.
8. Tyler Self, sr. — Had a couple of good looks on three-point tries, but neither would fall.
9. Reshawn Caro, so. — Some meaningful minutes for the young guy that will prove valuable down the road.
10. Logan Bannister, jr. — Not much action for the back-up post player on this night.
Free State girls break records in rout
The Free State girls couldn't be stopped in the first quarter, setting up a record-breaking night and a 79-45 romp.
The Firebirds' top seven looked as good as they have all year in the regular-season finale, which is a great sign with sub-state coming up in just a few days.
Here are the "Prep Appraisals" from the first game of the rivalry doubleheader.
Free State girls
1. Kennedy Kirkpatrick, jr. — One of the best players around showed all that she can do in the City Showdown. The junior guard was a force, hitting eight of her 10 shots (2-for-4 from long range) and three of her four free throws. Finished with 21 points and four rebounds despite not doing anything in the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand.
2. Lynn Robinson, sr. — The most efficient night of any player — boys or girls — on rivalry night. Robinson missed one shot in the second quarter. That was it for her failed attempts. The savvy senior guard, who defends as well as she scores (if not better), was 5-for-6 from the floor and 5-for-5 at the foul line.
3. Jackie Garcia, sr. — 10 points, four boards, three assists and always-steady play form a senior that is playing her best basketball at the end of the season.
4. Scout Wiebe, so. — The usual sub was a first-quarter stud as a starter. Wiebe made five straight field goals and scored all 12 of her points in the first quarter as the Firebirds exploded for a 32-8 lead after just eight minutes.
5. Chelsea Casady, jr. — Six points, five boards and three assists for Chelsea, who was able to be less aggressive on offense with so many Firebirds hitting.
6. A'Liyah Rogers, jr. — Two steals and five points in the third quarter for the strong-willed defender kept FSHS rolling.
7. Abbey Casady, jr. — A nice job off the bench, with five points, a couple of steals and an assist.
8. Summer Frantz, jr. — Hit a three-pointer and a free throw late to chip in four points.
9. Baha White, sr. — Didn't come in until the fourth quarter, but still found a pair of rebounds.
1. Kionna Coleman, so. — The Lions' most effective offensive weapon — Coleman scored a team-best 12 points — also crashed the glass and had seven rebounds.
2. Bri Anderson, jr. — Strong off the bench for Lawrence with nine points and a couple rebounds.
3. Monica Howard, jr. — Six points, four rebounds and a pair of assists for the LHS junior.
4. Kylie Seaman, jr. — Hustled like she always does and came up with five points.
5. Marissa Pope, fr. — In flashes, it's easy to see how much Pope will help this program during the next few years, especially on defense.
6. Bri Anglin, sr. — Not a typical starter, but gave the Lions four points and three boards.
7. Christina Haswood, sr. — Busted out of a bit of a slump with a three-pointer in the City Showdown.
8. Jolana Shield, fr. — For someone making her City Showdown debut, not too bad. The frosh hit a three-pointer and worked for a couple rebounds. Even passed out an assist.
9. Anna Wright, jr. — Like many guards against Free State, Wright had difficulty scoring.
10. Mutiyat Hameed, sr. — Got the Senior Night start and gathered two rebounds.
11. Harley Phelps, so. — An absolutely awesome moment for Phelps and her family, as she hit two inspiring free throws.
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