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Prep Appraisals — Lawrence High Boys vs. Topeka
Another tight game, another talented opponent, but round two of the Topeka Invitational didn't go as well as round one for Lawrence High's boys basketball team.
The Lions even bettered their three-point total from Thursday, burying 10 from long range against Topeka in the semifinals, but it wasn't enough to keep the Trojans from securing a 65-60 win a day removed from an LHS win over Wichita Northwest.
Ranked No. 6 in Class 6A, THS wasn't going to be an easy team for Lawrence to topple, and it took a number of Lions to make it such a close game. Let's get to Friday's "Prep Appraisals."
1. Anthony Buffalomeat, sr. — Simply put, the senior guard was a man possessed from the word go. Buffalomeat opened the game on a tear, determined to find scoring opportunities while not forcing bad or unnecessary shots. "Buff" was boffo, with more than half of Lawrence's first-half points. He finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and was the key to LHS keeping up with Topeka.
2. KJ Pritchard, sr. — Pritchard's shots weren't dropping early, but he contributed with solid passing and by playing within himself. Finally, in the fourth, he exploded for all 12 of his points, hitting three shots from downtown in the process. The only strike against him was picking up a technical foul after hitting a three close to the midpoint of the fourth quarter.
3. Logan Henrichs, sr. — With four steals and four rebounds to go with nine points, Henrichs maintained his status as the Lions' do-everything player. For the second night in a row, he calmly drained a three-pointer in a tight game with less than a minute to play.
4. Troy Willoughby, sr. — After cashing in a three-pointer in the second quarter, Troy stood out again with his equally quick and strong slashes to the basket. In the third, the 5-foot-10 guard gave Lawrence its first — and only — lead of the game with a fearless drive along the left baseline, finishing over Topeka's 6-foot-7 forward, DJ Johnson.
5. Jake Mosiman, jr. — The heady guard established himself early with a layup in transition in the first quarter, then got the Lions off to good starts in the second and third by hitting a three-pointer in the opening minutes of each period.
6. Shane Willoughby, sr. — LIke many of the Lions, Shane has a great knack for playing in the moment. Even though he didn't score in the first three quarters, the junior delivered two shots in the final three minutes as LHS made its one last push.
7. Tyrone Jenkins, jr. — The 6-foot-2 forward did exactly what LHS needs him to do. Jenkins came off the bench attacking the glass for rebounds. In limited playing time, he got up high and used his strong hands to snatch six boards.
Lawrence record: 6-5
Next up: 3:30 Saturday, Olathe South, at Highland Park.
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