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Prep Appraisals — Lawrence High Girls vs. Kansas City, Kan., Schlagle
If a team had gone 42 calendar days without a win, wouldn't it make sense that said team would like to kick that streak squarely in the teeth with a blowout victory?
Well, that's exactly what the Lawrence High girls did Tuesday night at home, with a 56-21 boot-to-the-face kind of win against Kansas City, Kan., Schlagle.
The blowout snapped a five-game winless skid for coach Nick Wood's Lions.
"It's a whole heck of a lot better feeling than when you lose," he said after the non-conference victory.
With eight different players scoring two or more baskets and none of them making more than four field goals, it's hard to imagine a more balanced attack than what the Lions showed Tuesday. So this edition of "Prep Appraisals" will be particularly difficult. It would be easy to argue that all eight of those players were just as important against the Stallions. Ranking them 1A, 1B, 1C, and all the way down the line to 1H, would be completely plausible.
Plus, the three other Lions who got significant playing time made more than their fair share of contributions, too. So these rankings will be tighter than Shaquille O'Neal in a smart car.
Here's the breakdown for today's rankings.
1. Anna Wright, jr. — Wright came off the bench but still had a highly productive night, scoring 12 points to go with two rebounds and two steals. She hit a three-pointer and got to the foul line, making three of her four attempts.
2. Kionna Coleman, so. — Coleman played with confidence and aggression inside, and went for eight points, six rebounds, two steals and a block. She gives the Lions some toughness in the paint.
3. Monica Howard, jr. — Wise with her shot selection, Howard finished 4-for-6 from the floor, had eight points, seven rebounds and an assist. She showed the willingness to make the right play so LHS got quality shots on a night it hit 50 percent of its shots (25-for-50).
4. Bri Anderson, jr. — Another productive sub, Anderson, like many Lawrence post players, benefited from finding the openings in Schlagle's defense and getting a high-percentage shot. She finished with seven points, three rebounds and a steal, and got the whole LHS bench on its feel by drawing a charge in the second quarter.
5. Marissa Pope, fr. — Though Lawrence's lead guard had four points and two assists, she also continued to impress with her energetic defense, which led to deflections and, I'm guessing, getting under the skin of Schlagle's ball handlers.
6. Christina Haswood, sr. — Always ready to fire, Haswood habitually catches passes with her feet squared to the basket and her eyes locked in on the rim. She scored five points, pulled in four boards and had a steal and an assist.
7. Kylie Seaman, jr. — With two points, an assist and a steal, Seaman might not have racked up a ton of stats, but she was a stabilizing presence for LHS and led by example on the floor. She opened the third quarter with a steal and a perfect pass ahead in transition. On the next possession, she forced a held ball.
8. Mutiyat Hameed, sr. — The senior backup post didn't play a ton of minutes, but she really made the most of her time on the floor, finishing with four points, two rebounds, two steals and a block.
9. Krista Costa, jr. — Much like Hameed, Costa stepped in as a backup ready to make an impact. She didn't play in the first quarter, but when she entered in the second quarter, within a minute she had one of her two steals and had driven to the basket to draw a foul. She scored four points and had one rebound.
10. Emma Kelly, jr. — Her steady play shows in her stat line: two points, two steals, two assists, one rebound. Kelly manages to do a little bit of everything when her team needs it.
11. Bri Anglin, sr. — The senior post only took one shot but made her presence felt with four rebounds, a pair of nice assists and some well-placed picks.
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