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LHS boys hoops falls in the state title game; Roberts leads player ratings

As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." It just wasn't the ending that Lawrence High's boys basketball players were hoping for.

The Lions just couldn't get their shots to drop in a 58-43 loss to Wichita East in the Class 6A state championship on Saturday at Wichita State's Koch Arena.

"We started to press a little bit on offense and we weren’t real crisp," LHS coach Mike Lewis said. "When you start to press and you’re not playing loose, things aren’t going your way — it just snowballs on you. There was a couple of those points there where I thought, ‘OK, here we are. We’re going to get rolling.’ That’s who we are. Everybody who has watched us all year long has seen us sputter a little bit on occasion then all of a sudden we do something that’s going to fuel that fire and get us going. We just never really had that tonight."

The Lions were such a tight-knit group, and you could see it by how difficult it was for them to talk about how much their teammates meant to them afterward. They leaned on each other when assistant coach Kermit Aldridge died last year. They fought together to keep Lewis as their head coach. And they dealt with high expectations after earning a preseason No. 1 ranking in the state.

Though the state championship game didn't go the way they wanted, it was impressive to see the way their classmates and teachers came out to pack the Jungle for all their home games and even quite a few road games.

By any measure, it's easy to count this as a really successful season, and one that many people won't forget.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Justin Roberts, jr. — It looked like Roberts was going to bring the Lions roaring back in the fourth quarter, like he’s done quite a few times in his LHS career. He knocked down a couple of threes, but the Aces always had a way of answering back. Roberts finished with 18 points and an assist, but he was just as good defensively, slowing down East senior point guard Samajae Jones, who led the Aces in scoring this year. Jones was held to eight points (1-of-8 shooting) and a big reason was Roberts sitting in hip pocket the whole game. It was a great state tournament for Roberts, who averaged 23 points per game.

  2. Anthony Bonner, sr. — Bonner did everything he could to get his shots to drop, but somehow they just wouldn’t find a way to fall in. He was frustrated at the misses, at one point slapping the floor following a missed three, but I thought he did a solid job getting open looks. The Colorado State signee scored 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting and he grabbed six rebounds.

  3. John Barbee, sr. — In the first half, I thought Barbee was a big reason the Lions were within single digits. He matched up against East senior Zach Jackson and held him to five points in the first two quarters, not an easy task against such a smooth and talented player. Barbee ended up with three points, all at the free throw line, and he had three rebounds and three assists.

  4. Price Morgan, jr. — Morgan knew he was going to have a tough matchup against East junior forward Xavier Kelly, and I thought he did well, but Kelly was in a league of his own. Morgan had four points and a team-high seven rebounds. He had to earn all seven of those rebounds and was sent to the floor numerous times. Morgan also had a nice assist to Roberts on the Lions’ second possession of the game, tossing a nice bounce pass on a backdoor cut.

  5. Ben Rajewski, sr. — Rajewski did a good job floating to open spaces against East’s defense to get open looks from behind the three-point arc. He just couldn’t get his shots to fall, going 0-for-4 from the floor. He did his best to help pinch down on Kelly in the low post and really went hard after some loose balls.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — Applegate was playing well, using his physicality to fight for rebounds and space inside. But he picked up two touch fouls in the third quarter within 10 seconds of each other in the third quarter and had to sit with four fouls. He missed a free throw but grabbed two rebounds and one steal.

  7. Fred Brou, jr. — The Lions needed Brou when Morgan and Applegate went into foul trouble, and he did his best to contain Kelly. He didn’t attempt a shot but he grabbed a rebound in five minutes.

  8. Kyle Hoffman (sr.), Tae Shorter (sr.), Anthony Harvey (jr.), Jackson Mallory (so.) and Kobe Buffalomeat (so.) — All five of these guys entered in the final minute of the game. Hoffman missed a three-pointer and Harvey grabbed a rebound.

    — Record: 23-2.

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LHS boys hoops advances to state title game; Roberts tops player ratings

Not long after Lawrence High's boys basketball season ended in the sub-state finals last year, the Lions felt like they had some unfinished business. They weren't going to be satisfied with anything short of a state title.

Now they are one win away from achieving what they set out to do all year long.

"It's a bit like a fairy tale," LHS coach Mike Lewis said after his team beat Shawnee Mission North, 78-64, in the state semifinals on Friday night at Wichita State's Koch Arena.

Privately, the Lions were hoping for another chance against Wichita East. They wanted to avenge their loss in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship game, and they wanted to prove they are the top team in the state. They got their wish when the Aces held off Olathe East for a 59-52 victory.

"Real excited. That’s the matchup we wanted, you know," senior guard Anthony Bonner said. "It’s going to be real fun, play on their home turf this time and hopefully we can come out with a win."

Now the Lions are back in the state championship game for the first time since 2008, and they are looking to bring home a state title for the first time since 1995.

"We’ve had our eyes on the state championship since last year," junior forward Price Morgan said. "It’s just so satisfying after all of the hard work in the summer, tryouts, the early games. Now we’re finally here and we’re ready to make something happen."

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Justin Roberts, jr. — When the Lions needed a lift, Roberts was there to pick his teammates up and help lift them to a victory. He was the only starter on the floor for most of the second quarter and he scored seven of the Lions’ 10 points in the period, helping LHS keep its lead. He finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with three assists and four rebounds while also playing solid defense on the perimeter.

    “Justin stepped up really big,” Bonner said of Roberts. “That’s what great players do. That’s what leaders do. He’s a great leader, he’s a great player and he stepped up and carried us through that first half. Then, we came back in the second half and played really good team ball and got it done.”

  2. Anthony Bonner, sr. — In the first half, Bonner guarded SM North’s leading scorer Michael Weathers and held him to 0-for-8 shooting in the first half. In the second half, Bonner went to work on the other end of the court and scored 16 of his 20 points. He knocked down a pair of threes, found lanes to the rim and did a good job getting to the free throw line. He added six rebounds and two assists.

  3. Ben Rajewski, sr. — Not only did Rajewski play solid defense, keeping himself between his man and the basket, but he also had some timely shots. He drilled a three-pointer midway through the second quarter and another one early in the third quarter to keep increasing the Lions’ lead. Though he spent most of the game in foul trouble and fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, he had eight points, a rebound and an assist.

  4. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee only played one minute in the first half because of foul trouble, but he didn’t pick up a foul in the second half despite playing strong defense. He scored eight points, including six straight in the third quarter. He also had five rebounds and an assist.

  5. Logan Applegate, sr. — With Price Morgan in foul trouble, Applegate came off of the bench and he was a huge rim protector against a team that loves to drive to the rim. He couldn’t get his shot to fall, with a couple of layups blocked by SM North defenders, but he grabbed four offensive rebounds which led to his buzzer-beating layup at the end of the third quarter and an extra four points in the fourth quarter.

  6. Price Morgan, jr. — Morgan fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but he still made a huge impact in his 19 minutes on the court. He had six points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot. He had to earn all seven of those rebounds, boxing out hard and fighting through defenders to grab the ball.

  7. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou was ready to take on SM North drives to the basket by affecting shots with his shot-blocking ability. He only had one block, but he altered a few more. When the Indians were on a big run in the fourth quarter, desperately trying to make a comeback, Brou essentially ended the game with a fast-break dunk with 1:18 left.

  8. Anthony Harvey, jr. — The Lions needed Harvey with most of the starters on the bench, and he did a great job with ball stability on offense, avoiding SM North’s trap defense. He had one play where he was about to get double-teamed, fell the court, and somehow slip-and-slided right out of the trap. He missed his only shot, a three-pointer, but he had two rebounds.

  9. Jackson Mallory, so. — Mallory entered at the end of the first half when some of his teammates were in foul trouble and played tough defense. He kept the ball moving on offense, and missed his only shot, a three-pointer from the right corner. He also had a rebound in six minutes.

  10. Tae Shorter, sr. — The 5-foot-9 guard buried a three in the final minute, scoring the final LHS points of the contest. He said he had a goal this year of winning two state titles in Wichita: one in basketball and one in the triple jump during track season. He's one game away from being halfway there.

  11. Kyle Hoffman, sr. — Hoffman played one minute in the fourth quarter and he picked up a foul.

  12. Kobe Buffalomeat, so. — Buffalomeat entered in the final minute and didn’t record any stats.

    — Next up: 6:15 p.m. today vs. Wichita East in the state championship. Record: 23-1.

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LHS boys basketball advances to the state semis; Roberts leads player ratings

Lawrence High's boys basketball players weren't going to let much get in their way of a state quarterfinal victory on Wednesday.

The Lions shot well, defended tightly, won the battle on the boards and limited turnovers in a 64-46 victory against Wichita South at Wichita State's Koch Arena.

In terms of their five-game tournament at the beginning of the postseason: Three down, two to go.

"We came out and shot it well," LHS coach Mike Lewis said after his team shot 49 percent (21-for-43). "You never know in an arena like this where you don’t practice in this environment how the guys are going to score. I was watching during warmups and the guys seemed to have a pretty good vibe. So I’m glad it carried over to the game."

LHS senior John Barbee said the team was hyped up all day, from sitting in classes and then on the three-hour bus ride to Wichita, that once they hit the court, they were just ready to play.

Next up for the the Lions is a rematch against Shawnee Mission North and their star brothers, juniors Marcus and Michael Weathers. LHS won the lone regular season on the road, 70-66, on Feb. 17. The Indians beat #3 Derby in the quarterfinals, 65-51. Olathe East also advanced to the semis on the other side of the bracket, giving the Sunflower League three of the final four teams in 6A.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Justin Roberts, jr. — The Lions’ 5-foot-9 point guard missed his first shot from the field, but didn’t miss much afterward. Against Wichita South’s 2-3 zone, Roberts scored 15 points in the first half and he finished with a game-high 24. He finished through contact at the rim, drilled threes and dropped in a floater over Wichita South’s big men. He also had two assists, two rebounds and a steal.

    "I just focused more on my shot, especially my follow-through," Roberts said. "I just tried to set my feet. That’s pretty much what helped me get my shots off."

  2. Anthony Bonner, sr. — In his first game back following a mild concussion, the Colorado State signee showed off his offensive arsenal by scoring just about everywhere on the floor. He drilled a three. He dribbled past defenders and knocked down pull-up jumpers. He dunked. The only place he didn’t score from was the parking lot. He scored 19 points and had a team-high three assists.

    "Just feeding off my teammates’ energy, feeding off my own energy," Bonner said. "They were getting me the ball where I needed it. Justin was hitting shots, everyone was hitting. So we were just feeding off each other and that’s what we do."

  3. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee couldn’t get his shots to drop in the first half, starting 0-for-6 in the field. He admitted he was a little disappointed with how he was playing, but he took out his frustration with a left-handed jam at the end of the third quarter and was dominant for the final nine minutes. He had a game-high 12 rebounds, seven points, three assists and a steal.

  4. Price Morgan, jr. — Morgan was matched up against one of the strongest players he’s faced this season, Wichita South big man Darren Lewis, and the Lions’ forward and linebacker had to fight for every inch defensively. But he pounded the glass for eight rebounds and he nearly had a double-double with eight points. He also had two blocks.

  5. Ben Rajewski, sr. — The 5-foot-11 guard gave LHS its lead that it would never give up with a layup, racing past the defense for a transition bucket. He added a three-pointer near the end of the first half. But I thought he was solid defensively, denying drives and helping out in the low post. He had five points, a rebound and an assist.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — Applegate picked up some quick fouls and wasn’t able to play the same style of game that he had in the sub-state championship against Shawnee Mission East. He scored one point in the fourth quarter and had two rebounds. He also had a nice steal when he first entered the game, intercepting an inbounds lob.

  7. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou didn’t attempt a shot but he did a nice job on offense of setting screens and helping the Lions move around their defenders against the 2-3 zone. He grabbed two rebounds in eight minutes.

  8. Anthony Harvey, jr. — Harvey missed his only shot, a three-point attempt, but he was flying around everywhere on defense. He had two rebounds and a steal that led to a dunk by Barbee.

  9. Tae Shorter, sr. — Shorter had some nice crossover dribbles in his two minutes of playing time.

  10. Kyle Hoffman, sr. — Hoffman played two minutes but didn’t attempt a shot or record any stats.

  11. Jackson Mallory (so.) and Kobe Buffalomeat (so.) — Both of them entered in the final minute when the Lions were running out the clock.

    — Next up: 8:15 p.m. Friday vs. SM North in the state semifinals. Record: 22-1.

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Lawrence High boys basketball punches ticket to state; Roberts leads player ratings

Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis said he was proud and he was relieved. Justin Roberts said it was hands down his favorite basketball memory and John Barbee said he was excited the moment he stepped on the floor. Ben Rajewski said it was mostly a blur.

Those were the reactions in the minutes that followed the Lions' 60-45 sub-state championship victory against Shawnee Mission East to earn a trip to the Class 6A state tournament. It will be the Lions' first time back at state in seven years.

The Chesty Lions know plenty about adversity and Friday was no different, playing without leading scorer Anthony Bonner (mild concussion). But that just meant the rest of the team needed to step up and that's what they did as the Lions had a lead for the entire game.

As Tom Keegan wrote in his latest column, senior forward Logan Applegate and junior forward Price Morgan didn't back down from SM East's size or physicality and they both played a huge part in the Lions' win. Those two combined for 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Lewis had said all season long that the Lions were so successful because they had 12 players who could step up on any given night. That rang true on Friday with the Lions needing a big game from everybody to earn a trip to state.

"They earned it," Lewis said. "They deserve it. They’re a group that has stuck together and we’re blessed with a really talented group of kids on and off the floor."

Below is video of the Lions' celebrating their sub-state championship victory. It starts with the starters exiting the court with under a minute to go to a big ovation.



In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Justin Roberts, jr. — Without Anthony Bonner in the lineup, many assumed Roberts would do his best to fill in for his offense. Not the case. Roberts went into distributor mode in the first half, setting up his teammates for buckets. When he did take shots, he was on the money, knocking down his first three attempts. He finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with three assists, five rebounds and a steal.

    “The biggest thing for Justin was try to not to do too much,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said. “That’s kind of a natural thing for a young kid to have a teammate like that go down and say, ‘OK, I want to score more or I want to do more,’ and usually it’s offense. Justin stayed true to who he was and I thought he was solid and I'm just proud of the way he led our team.”

  2. Logan Applegate, sr. — Applegate apparently saved his best games for the biggest moments. He matched up perfectly with SM East’s size and he took advantage, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He scored all 12 points in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter, to help the Lions pull away from the Lancers. It seemed like he knew the weak points in the defense and he just stood on the right block, and his teammates found him for layups.

  3. Price Morgan, jr. — The 6-foot-4 forward set the tone early, blocking a shot and grabbing three defensive rebounds in the first two minutes. He also had a great high-low assist to Fred Brou in the first quarter. He finished with nine points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. One of his best moves was in the second quarter, spinning to his left for the bucket-and-the-foul.

  4. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee scored the Lions’ first points, draining a three-pointer, and added one of his three assists on a three to Rajewski a few possessions later. He was limited by foul trouble in the first half because of two offensive fouls, but he was back to his strong defense in the second half, deflecting passes and nearly getting a couple of 10-second backcourt calls with his full-court press. Along with his three assists, he had 10 points and six rebounds.

  5. Ben Rajewski, sr. — Late in the third quarter, the Lancers pulled within four points before Rajewski drilled a three-pointer and helped keep LHS in front. He scored seven points and had three rebounds, but some of his biggest plays were the ones off of the box score. He played incredible defense, helping out his teammates and preventing drives in the paint. He also drew a charge in the fourth quarter.

  6. Anthony Harvey, jr. — Midway through the second quarter, the Lancers were on a 6-0 run and were starting to get some momentum. Then Harvey caught the ball on the right wing, pump-faked and got his defender in the air, took one dribble to his left and quickly fired away with a defender rushing towards him. Nothing but net and a huge momentum swing for LHS. Those were his only three points and he also had a rebound.

  7. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou earned a spot in the starting lineup, in place of Bonner, and played with good energy. He scored two points and had three rebounds. He scored on a layup, pinning his defender to the baseline and catching a nice pass from Morgan.

  8. Jackson Mallory, so. — Mallory played in the final few seconds of the first half before re-entering in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. He grabbed one rebound and didn’t attempt a shot.

  9. Kyle Hoffman (sr.), Tae Shorter (sr.), Kobe Buffalomeat (so.) — All of them entered in the final minute with a 17-point lead to help run out the clock.

    — Next up: Wednesday at state. Record: 21-1.

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Lawrence High girls basketball picks up sub-state road win; Pope tops player ratings

Lawrence High's girls basketball players had revenge on their minds when they took the court on Thursday in the first round of sub-state against Shawnee Mission South.

The Lions didn't forget their last game at SM South, when they fell into a big hole in the first quarter and never really bounced back. They were embarrassed by it. LHS coach Jeff Dickson talked to his team in the locker room for more than 40 minutes afterward.

But this time, the Lions were the ones dominating in the first quarter. When the Raiders closed within one possession, the Lions weren't going to let go of their lead and they pulled away with made free throws in the fourth quarter for a 67-56 victory, their first sub-state win since the 2008-09 season.

LHS wanted to attack the basket and that's exactly what happened. Marissa Pope set the tone with a game-high 27 points, and the rest of the Lions were successful in driving into the middle of the paint to pass the ball to post players or cutting wings for layups.

"We’re not a great shooting team but we have some kids who can really put the ball on the floor and get to the basket," Dickson said. "Tonight, besides Marissa, we had some other kids looking to be a little bit more aggressive. We kept our posts where they needed to be, where we’ve tried to keep them all year, and we were able to get them involved early on. It was a great team effort for us to be able to score like that."

The Lions are now one win away from the state tournament, and will have to upset top-seeded Shawnee Mission Northwest to make the trip to Wichita. The Lions had a poor start against the Cougars in their regular season meeting, a 22-point loss, but if they can attack the basket and knock down some outside shots like they did in the first quarter on Thursday, the Lions can compete with anybody.

Free State's girls basketball team cruised to a 61-12 victory over Kansas City Wyandotte in its sub-state opener. The Firebirds looked sharp, taking a 45-4 lead at halftime, but they will need to be at their best when they face Shawnee Mission West at 7 p.m. Saturday to earn a trip to state. The Firebirds beat SM West by three points in the final week of the regular season.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High girls basketball

  1. Marissa Pope, sr. — Pope was in search for her first sub-state victory in her four-year career, and she wasn’t going to let anybody stop her. She scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including making her first seven shots inside the three-point arc. She just drove past defenders and somehow found ways to score through traffic. Despite playing with four fouls in the fourth quarter because of a few offensive fouls, she played tight defense and knocked out a few dribbles and passes out of bounds. She also had three assists in the first quarter and one steal.

  2. E’lease Stafford, fr. — Stafford has played well in the Lions’ last few games, but I think this was her best all-around effort. She scored 11 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and had three rebounds, three steals and three assists. She was a pest defensively, deflecting numerous inbounds passes and just causing havoc in the backcourt for SM South guards.

  3. Olivia Lemus, so. — Lemus is known for her ability to knock down open three-pointers. Now she’s driving and opposing players are having trouble stopping her. She finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. She’s active on defense and does a good job grabbing deflected passes.

  4. Alexis Boyd, jr. — Boyd missed some shots that she usually makes and she ran into early foul trouble, but that didn’t stop her from making a strong impact. She scored six points and had eight rebounds.

  5. Matia Finley, sr. — The Lions need Finley to crash the glass hard for rebounds each game, and that’s exactly what she did on Thursday. Finley grabbed 10 rebounds, a steal and blocked two shots. Her defense in the low post, along with grabbing rebounds, has helped the Lions’ guards run the floor in transition, setting up easy buckets. Finley also had four points.

  6. Skylar Drum, so. — The 5-foot-6 guard played with a lot of confidence and it paid off with seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Drum had her shot dropping, 3-for-4 from the field, and played tough defense on the perimeter.

  7. Rebecca Finley, sr. — Finley made her first shot of the game in the first quarter, a layup assisted by Lemus. She returned the favor by assisting a layup by Lemus in the second quarter. Finley also had four rebounds.

  8. Asia Goodwin, fr. — Goodwin picked up a few minutes in the second quarter. She didn’t shoot the ball or record any stats.

  9. Gracie Reinsch, jr. — Played in the final minute of the first half, but didn't shoot the ball or record any stats.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Saturday at SM Northwest. Record: 7-14.

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Lawrence High boys hoops advances in sub-state; Barbee leads player ratings

If there was any question whether Lawrence High's boys basketball team was ready to play in the postseason, the Lions answered that in the first few minutes.

The Lions scored on their first eight possessions in their sub-state opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday, and they never really slowed down. Mix in some tough defense that forced steals, which turned into transition points, and you have the formula for their 79-45 victory at home.

The Cougars were focused on stopping senior Anthony Bonner and junior Justin Roberts, but no matter how successful they were, it doesn't matter when the rest of the Lions are playing at such a high level. As a team, they shot 65 percent from the floor (31-for-48). Six different players had at least eight points: Roberts, Bonner, John Barbee, Price Morgan, Ben Rajewski and Anthony Harvey.

As Tom Keegan wrote in his latest column, all of the players off of the bench looked comfortable and were ready to play. Now the only question is whether the Lions can keep it up and earn their first trip to state since 2008.

Free State's boys basketball season ended with a 50-26 loss to Shawnee Mission North on Wednesday. Though it was a loss in the first-round of sub-state, I think it's safe to say that the Firebirds exceeded most expectations this season with such an inexperienced team. They showed great growth throughout the year, and I think they were one of the last teams anybody wanted to catch at the end of the year in the Sunflower League.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee has pieced together some nice games lately, but I think this was his best one yet. The 6-foot-2 senior was a force on offense, driving for layups and scoring on putbacks. He attacked the glass hard for rebounds and was deflecting passes left and right on defense. He finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist.

  2. Anthony Bonner, sr. — Despite being face-guarded for the majority of the game, that wasn’t going to stop Bonner from dropping a few three-pointers. When defenders began guarding the three-point line, he drove past and had some acrobatic layups and a nice one-handed dunk. He had 12 points and three assists, but it looked like he got banged up a little in the third quarter trying to chase down a long pass.

  3. Justin Roberts, jr. — Roberts was quiet for the first half because of foul trouble, though he knocked down a three in the first quarter. But the third quarter was mostly all Roberts, who was drilling shots, making nice passes for assists and he grabbed a steal to set up a layup for Barbee. The Lions’ point guard scored a team-high 16 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

  4. Ben Rajewski, sr. — After scoring 18 points against the Cougars in their regular season meeting, Rajewski was ready to show them that it was no fluke. He knocked down two threes on his way to eight points. His three-pointer in the second quarter started a 16-2 run that put the game away. He also played solid defense, grabbing two steals. It’s impressive how he always keeps his man in front of him.

  5. Price Morgan, jr. — Along with Barbee, Morgan was the beneficiary of the Cougars focusing on Roberts and Bonner. He knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers and attacked the basket for layups. He had eight points, four rebounds and a beautiful assist to Applegate on a high-low pass from the free throw line.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — Applegate shot 3-for-4 from the field, his only miss coming on a baseline jumper. He also grabbed four rebounds and a steal. He was focused, and matched up well against SMNW’s height.

  7. Anthony Harvey, jr. — The 5-foot-10 point guard took control of the offense when Roberts was plagued with foul trouble in the second quarter, scoring on a layup-and-the-foul. In the second half, he found his offensive rhythm and finished with eight points.

  8. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou hustled everywhere on the court, stealing entry passes to the post on defense despite playing behind the post player. He finished with two steals and three points. He also went hard into the stands for a loose ball in the first half, and was shaken up briefly.

  9. Kyle Hoffman, sr. — Hoffman was just messing with his defenders, throwing up shot fakes before dribbling past them and passing the ball. He knocked down a triple for the Lions’ final points of the game.

  10. Tae Shorter, sr. — The 5-foot-11 star in the triple jump (4th at state last year) had no problems bringing the ball up the court but missed on his only three-point attempt.

  11. Jackson Mallory, so. — Mallory didn’t attempt a shot when he entered in the fourth quarter, but kept the ball moving on offense.

  12. Kobe Buffalomeat, so. — First time I’ve seen him pick up varsity minutes this year. He entered in the final minutes, but didn’t throw up a shot.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Friday vs. SM East. Record: 20-1.

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Player ratings from the basketball City Showdown; LHS boys and FSHS girls complete season sweeps

After 13 weeks, the postseason has arrived for all of the city high school basketball teams.

But what a way to end the regular season with another chapter of the City Showdown in the books. Free State's girls basketball team played well on both sides of court in a 58-45 victory and Lawrence High's boys basketball team relied on its defense to pull away for a 57-50 win.

Starting with the girls' game, it's easy to see what an impact freshman point guard Cameryn Thomas makes for the Firebirds with her ability to set up the team's offense. Even with sophomore wing Madison Piper facing plenty of defensive pressure, senior forwards Adriana Jadlow and Sarah Coversup were able to play strong in the low post.

Lawrence's girls basketball players had one bad quarter, which put them in a hole they couldn't climb out of. But they're proving they can hang with elite teams and have improved since their last matchup against Free State in December. If the Lions can avoid some bad stretches and play like they did in the first and fourth quarters, they could pull off some upsets in sub-state.

Free State's boys basketball team made some uncharacteristic errors in the second quarter with a few defensive breakdowns and unforced turnovers. But as Tom Keegan wrote in his column about the Firebirds, they didn't need to use the stall tactic they used in December to keep up with the second-ranked team in the state, proving how far they have come along this season.

The LHS boys completed a perfect Sunflower League season, and showed why with their ability to score quickly and play tough defense. Now the Lions have arrived to the part of the season they've been waiting for. During the summer, they said they had state-title-or-bust expectations, and they'll have to reel off five straight wins to complete that goal.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Free State girls basketball

  1. Madison Piper, so. — Piper was face-guarded by LHS guards Marissa Pope and Skylar Drum, and drew double teams when she tried to drive. That didn’t stop her from scoring 22 points and grabbing seven rebounds. On defense, she blocked a shot and grabbed a steal.

  2. Adriana Jadlow, sr. — The 6-foot small forward played hard and couldn’t be stopped on both sides of the ball. When the Firebirds pulled away in the second quarter, she scored seven of her 16 points, fighting through contact for layups and even banking in a three-pointer. She also had four rebounds, two steals, a block and drew a charge in the fourth quarter.

  3. Sarah Coversup, sr. — Coversup had to fight for space inside the paint, and she did a good job finishing through contact. She scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds.

  4. Cameryn Thomas, fr. — In just her second game back from a knee injury, Thomas looked like she was playing close to 100 percent. She had a tough matchup against Pope on defense and did a solid job staying in between her and the rim. Thomas had three assists, grabbed four rebounds and scored three points.

  5. Hannah Walter, jr. — Walter played strong defense on the perimeter and also played good help-side defense. She scored one point, grabbed three rebounds and had one steal.

  6. Hannah Shoemaker, sr. — The 5-foot-11 forward was strong on the defensive glass, grabbing four rebounds off of the bench. She also scored on a layup, running past the defense and catching a full-court pass from Piper.

  7. Morgan Gantz, sr. — The senior point guard played well off of the bench, helping move the ball around on offense. She didn’t attempt a shot but dished an assist to Piper on a three.

  8. Jaycie Bishop, so. — Bishop played solid defense of off the bench and didn’t attempt a shot from the field.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Thursday vs. KC Wyandotte. Record: 16-4.

Free State boys basketball

  1. Hunter Gudde, jr. — With Lawrence High’s defense focused on stopping Hack, Gudde provided a ton of offense for the Firebirds. He scored six points in an 8-1 run to open the second half and he finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, an assist and a block.

  2. Weston Hack, sr. — Hack was guarded tightly the entire game, and he still found a way to make a huge impact. He had a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. When the Firebirds tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, it was led by Hack who scored nine points in the final period.

  3. Justin Narcomey, sr. — Narcomey knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter, giving the Firebirds an 11-6 lead, their biggest lead of the game. He had to run around everywhere on defense, guarding LHS senior Anthony Bonner. He also had an assist and a steal.

  4. Andrew Keating, sr. — The 5-foot-9 point guard was strong with the ball and played solid defense, though he was limited by foul trouble in the second half. He scored two points on a nice drive to the rim and he had one steal.

  5. Jacob Pavlyak, so. — Pavlyak had the tough task of matching up with Lions point guard Justin Roberts on defense, and he did well staying in front of him, trying to limit drives to the hoop. He missed his only shot, a three-pointer, and he grabbed one rebound.

  6. Jay Dineen, so. — The 6-foot linebacker did his best to contain LHS senior Anthony Bonner, and he helped force a couple of turnovers. He scored two points from the free throw line and grabbed a steal.

  7. Jack Raney, sr. — Raney was strong in the first quarter, playing solid defense and helping move the ball around on offense. He missed his only shot, a three-pointer, but he grabbed two rebounds, a steal and dished an assist to Narcomey for a three.

  8. Sloan Thomsen, so. — Thomsen heated up in the final 20 seconds, knocking down two three-pointers. He also had a rebound. When he enters games, opposing teams know his ability to shoot from deep, but he does a good job finding space to launch away.

  9. Chrision Wilburn, jr. — Wilburn played a few minutes off of the bench but didn’t attempt a shot from the field.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Wednesday at SM North. Record: 11-9.

Lawrence High girls basketball

  1. Marissa Pope, sr. — It’s rare to see a team’s best offensive player guard the opposing team’s best player because they try to conserve energy for offense. That doesn’t apply to Pope, who guarded Piper for the majority of the game and did a good job defensively. Pope received a lot of attention when she had the ball and she scored all five of her team’s points in the second quarter. She finished with 10 points and two steals.

  2. Alexis Boyd, jr. — Boyd was given some space to hit mid-range jumpers and she delivered with 14 points. When she’s making shots, it makes the Lions that much better. She scored six points apiece in the first quarter and fourth quarter and grabbed six rebounds.

  3. E’lease Stafford, fr. — There was something different about Stafford in the fourth quarter. She was aggressive and wasn’t going to let anybody stop her. She scored eight points in the final eight minutes and was everywhere on the court trying to help her team make a comeback. Incredible effort and she showed how big of a difference she can make for the Lions.

  4. Matia Finley, sr. — Finley played well on the low post, matching up against Coversup and doing a good job playing help defense. She scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds and had one steal.

  5. Skylar Drum, so. — Drum couldn’t get her shots to drop so she helped out her team in a lot of other ways. She grabbed four rebounds, had three assists, blocked a shot and had one steal. She also had three points.

  6. Olivia Lemus, so. — The 5-foot-4 guard usually sticks behind the three-point line but she had some nice drives on Friday. She scored four points, had two rebounds and dished one assist on a layup to Boyd.

  7. Rebecca Finley, sr. — Finley gets bonus points in my book for my favorite senior advice in Friday’s program, “Any pizza is a personal pizza if you believe in yourself.” Classic. She grabbed four rebounds, but missed the two shots she took from the field in her Senior Night start.

  8. Asia Goodwin, fr. — Goodwin played a few minutes off of the bench, grabbed one rebound and missed the only shot she took.

  9. Madison McKinney, so. — McKinney played hard defense on the perimeter but didn’t attempt a shot.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Thursday at SM South. Record: 6-14.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Anthony Bonner, sr. — Trailing by five points after the first quarter, Bonner went to work to pull the Lions back ahead. He opened the second quarter with a floater and eventually scored eight points in the period. The Firebirds face-guarded him with Narcomey and Dineen, but he kept finding ways to score via threes, slashes to the rim or pull-up jumpers. He scored a game-high 21 points, and had four rebounds and three assists.

  2. Justin Roberts, jr. — Along with Bonner, Roberts played a huge role in the Lions’ huge second quarter, scoring seven points and dishing three assists. He also faced tight defense from Keating and Pavlyak but he didn’t let that stop him from driving to the rim to get to the free throw line. On defense, he was smart but aggressive and kept the Firebirds from setting up some of their plays with tight ball pressure. He had 16 points, four assists, three steals and a rebound.

  3. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee couldn’t get his shot to drop, scoring one point on 1-of-3 shooting, but that was probably the only negative to his night. He played tight defense on Hack, limiting the Free State’s leading scorer to 11 points in the first three quarters. He also dominated on the glass, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds while dishing two assists, snagging two steals and blocking a shot.

    “I thought he did a great job as usual,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said of Barbee. “He’s a good defensive player. As a team, I just liked the way our seniors got in the game. I liked the way they contributed. I just like the overall feel of the game.”

  4. Price Morgan, jr. — When the Lions needed offense in the first quarter, Morgan was there to pick them up. He scored the game’s opening bucket on a nice roll to the basket and four minutes later, he slammed home a one-handed dunk on a nice drive to the hoop. He finished with six points and a steal.

  5. Ben Rajewski, sr. — Rajewski had some nice looks behind the three-point line, creating space with pump-fakes or shaking his defenders, but he just couldn’t get them to drop. Instead, he played solid defense and had good ball movement on offense. He had one rebound.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — Off of the bench, the 6-foot-3 senior made a big impact on his Senior Night. He scored on a layup midway through the fourth quarter and he grabbed four rebounds. He also played strong defense in the low post.

  7. Fred Brou, jr. — The 6-foot-5 junior brought a ton of energy off of the bench. I thought Brou played one of his best games of late with four points, including a buzzer-beating layup before halftime, two blocks and two steals. He was just locked in once he came off of the bench.

  8. Anthony Harvey, jr. — Harvey missed his only shot, a three-pointer, but he was flying around on defense, playing help-side and fighting through a few screens. He grabbed one rebound.

  9. Kyle Hoffman, sr. — Hoffman had plenty of chants from the student section and he nearly delivered with a three-pointer from the wing. Instead, he settled for three free throws.

  10. Jackson Mallory, so. — Mallory entered late in the fourth quarter and sunk three free throws in the final 12 seconds.

  11. Tae Shorter, sr. — Shorter picked up some nice minutes on his Senior Night and played solid defense. He scored one point and grabbed a rebound.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. SM Northwest. Record: 19-1..

Here is a look at the sub-state brackets. Two teams earn trips to state from each sub-state, so two wins equals a berth at the state tournament in Wichita.

BOYS (starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday)

8. Shawnee Mission Northwest (3-17) at 1. Lawrence High (19-1)

5. Shawnee Mission East (11-9) at 4. Shawnee Mission South (11-9)

6. Free State (11-9) at 3. Shawnee Mission North (13-7)

7. Shawnee Mission West (9-11) at 2. KC Wyandotte (15-5)

GIRLS (starts at 7 p.m. Thursday)

8. Shawnee Mission East (1-19) at 1. Shawnee Mission Northwest (17-3)

5. Lawrence High (6-14) at 4. Shawnee Mission South (7-13)

6. Shawnee Mission North (4-16) at 3. Shawnee Mission West (12-8)

7. KC Wyandotte (1-14) at 2. Free State (16-4)


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The basketball City Showdown has arrived; video introductions from players

Eighty-four days ago, Lawrence High and Free State's girls basketball team stepped on the floor for their first game of the season. One day before that, Free State's boys basketball team made its debut.

Now we've arrived to the final game in the regular season — the City Showdown, which begins with the girls game at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The boys will follow afterward.

All four teams have come a long ways since their first game. The second-ranked Lawrence boys basketball players have surpassed their win total from a year ago, and the ninth-ranked Free State girls are one win away from setting a new program record for wins in a season.

Meanwhile, Free State's boys basketball team overcame some offensive woes early in the season and have won six of its last eight games. The LHS girls have won three straight games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

With sub-state approaching next week, I think it's safe to say that both of the boys and girls basketball teams from the two schools are trending in the right direction at the right time. So you couldn't time it any better for the two rivals to face off for the second time this season.

I could see any of the teams pulling out wins on Friday, and that's the great thing about the City Showdown. It should be a fun night.


I stopped by each school to get video introductions of all of the teams' starting lineups. I also asked all of the players to name their favorite basketball player at any level. Most of the people in the video started in their most recent games, but these aren't the official starters for Friday. You can watch the video below:


Some quick notes on a couple of Lawrence natives:

--Former Free State basketball star Kennedy Kirkpatrick is averaging 5.3 points per game off of the bench for Bowling Green University's women's basketball team. She scored a game-high 18 points in a 66-53 win over Miami (Ohio) about a month ago in 26 minutes.

--A few weeks ago, former Free State distance runner Bailey Sullivan, now at Texas Christian University, helped set a new school record in the women's distance medley relay. Sullivan ran the first leg, 1200-meters, in their record time of 11:42.32, which broke a 14-year old record by more than eight seconds.

--Former Lawrence High star pitcher Garrett Cleavinger has picked up two saves for the University of Oregon this season in three appearances.


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Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM East; Bonner and Pope lead scoring and player ratings

Enough was enough. Lawrence High's boys basketball players were tired of calls not going their way and their shots not dropping. They just decided to take matters into their own hands.

The Lions were fired up more than usual on Tuesday against Shawnee Mission East, and they rallied back in the second half for a 57-49 road victory. Credit to them for using that energy on the defensive end, which created buckets on offense.

"There was a combination of things that created that momentum for (SM East), but I like the way we responded in the second half," LHS coach Mike Lewis said. "I’m happy with the way we got it done."

Not only did the Lions pick up their first win against the Lancers in four years, but they surpassed last year's win total, improving to 18-1 with Tuesday's victory. Now they'll look to go through the Sunflower League undefeated with a matchup against Free State in the City Showdown on Friday.

Lawrence's girls basketball team has found its groove and have won three straight games after beating SM East, 52-40.

After opening the season against such a tough schedule, the Lions finally have some momentum going their way. They beat the bottom three teams in the league and now they're playing with confidence. It looks like they'll earn the fifth seed in their sub-state bracket, which would mean going on the road to survive. With the way they've played lately, three league wins on the road, I think they're confident enough to not be too worried about it.

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High girls basketball

  1. Marissa Pope, sr. — Pope has played plenty of games through foul trouble this year, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive when she continues to make a big impact. The Lions’ point guard picked up her fourth foul with more than seven minutes left, but never left the court and kept the Lions with a double-digit lead. She scored a game-high 17 points, had four rebounds and a steal.

  2. E’lease Stafford, fr. — The 5-foot-10 freshman told LHS coach Jeff Dickson recently that she wanted to step up in these last few games of the regular season, and that’s exactly what she did on Tuesday. Stafford scored 11 points, knocked down two three-pointers in the first quarter, and was a pest defensively, grabbing two steals.

    “We all have high expectations of E’lease and E’lease is a kid who plays hard and works hard,” Dickson said. “She’s extremely unselfish and I’m not even going to say that’s a detriment to her game because she defers to her upperclassmen and she shares the ball and she wants to be a part of stuff. She does a lot of little things that I think a lot of people don’t notice. I think she’s had a fantastic year and as she goes forward, I think the sky is the limit for her.”

  3. Matia Finley, sr. — Finley has been huge for the Lions in the last few weeks with her knack to grab rebounds in traffic. The 6-foot forward had 10 rebounds on Tuesday to go along with six points.

  4. Alexis Boyd, jr. — Boyd made her first three shots, driving to the rim for layups and knocking down mid-range jumpers. She finished with eight points and six rebounds.

  5. Skylar Drum, so. — The 5-foot-6 guard didn’t shoot the ball well, 1-for-6 from the field, but she made so many plays in other areas. She had four rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block.

  6. Olivia Lemus, so. — Lemus scored all six of her points in the second quarter, getting behind defenders for layups. She also had two steals and two assists.

  7. Madison McKinney, so. — McKinney was aggressive on the court and brought good energy off of the bench. She didn’t shoot the ball, but grabbed two rebounds, one steal and dished an assist to Stafford for a three-pointer in the first quarter.

  8. Rebecca Finley, sr. — Like her twin sister, Finley has been crashing the glass hard for rebounds in the past few weeks. She had six rebounds on Tuesday, and missed the only shot she took.

  9. Asia Goodwin, fr. — Goodwin picked up a few minutes in the second quarter. She grabbed one rebound and was blocked on the only shot she attempted.

  10. Gracie Reinsch, jr. — Reinsch came off of the bench in the first half but didn’t attempt a shot or record any stats.

    — Next up: 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. #9 Free State. Record: 5-13.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Anthony Bonner, sr. — You don’t want to be guarding Bonner when he gets mad. He was fired up in the third quarter and was dominant for the final 12 minutes of the game, scoring 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting. He also turned up the pressure on the defensive end, grabbing a steal and deflecting a few more passes and dribbles. He finished with a game-high 20 points, three rebounds and two assists.

  2. John Barbee, sr. — The 6-foot-1 guard has put together a nice stretch of games lately, and he did it all for the Lions on Tuesday. With Bonner and Justin Roberts being face-guarded, the Lions’ offense ran through Barbee in the first half. He finished with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

  3. Price Morgan, jr. — The Lancers have a lot of height and Morgan was ready to fight inside. He scored on a few layups, assisted from Barbee and Roberts, but he also wasn’t afraid to attack the rim. He scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished two assists. Those seven rebounds were huge because the Lions had some problems preventing second-chance points early in the second half.

    "Big time teams make big time plays when it comes down to it," Morgan said. "Everybody boxing out and getting that rebound so they can’t get that second shot, that’s what we take pride in, especially in the fourth quarter."

  4. Justin Roberts, jr. — Roberts was limited offensively because of SM East’s face-guard defense against him and his shot wasn’t dropping. But credit to him for fighting through it and contributing in other ways, such as hitting the glass hard for rebounds and playing tight defense. He had seven points, five rebounds and two assists.

  5. Ben Rajewski, sr. — Rajewski dropped a pair of big threes. He gave the LHS its first points with a three on the right wing in the first quarter. Then in the third quarter he swished another. He played solid defense on the perimeter, helped out inside, and did a good job moving the ball, committing zero turnovers.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — The 6-foot-3 forward used his strength off of the bench to make an impact in the low post. He avoided fouls and was aggressive on the defensive glass, grabbing three rebounds in traffic. He missed his only shot from the field and two free throws.

  7. Anthony Harvey, jr. — When Roberts was limited at the end of the first half with foul trouble, Harvey did a good job of running the offense, especially with Bonner being face-guarded. He missed two three-pointers, but he played solid defense and grabbed one rebound and dished an assist to Barbee for a layup.

  8. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou scored on his shot attempt, a layup, after a nice feed from Morgan in the low post.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Friday vs. Free State. Record: 18-1.

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Lawrence High basketball splits against Olathe Northwest; seniors top player ratings

There's just something special about the second to last home game of the regular season for Lawrence High's boys basketball team.

Last year, the Lions knocked out 10th-ranked Olathe North with a 25-point win. Facing Olathe Northwest on Friday, the Lions threw a few haymakers early and never looked back in a 70-34 victory. It's not like either team is any pushover. The Ravens are now 3-3 in the Sunflower League, with losses to Olathe East and SM North, which are both ranked.

"They had a good feel about them really during pre-game," LHS coach Mike Lewis said of his team. "They were just excited to put on the striped pants and have some fun. They were loose and having fun. We came out and I thought our defense was OK, and I thought our offense was pretty OK, too."

Now the question is whether the Lions can keep their momentum into next week. Ahead are matchups against sixth-ranked SM North on Tuesday and third-ranked Olathe North.

Lawrence's girls basketball team doesn't celebrate moral victories but Friday's 53-48 loss to Olathe Northwest was probably as close as it could get to one.

The Lions bounced back from each punch thrown by the Ravens. They didn't fade away when Northwest went on a few runs by stringing together some three-pointers. A few turnovers and missed shots, though, kept them from picking up a home win.

"My biggest frustration all season long isn't how hard these girls work or the level of commitment," LHS coach Jeff Dickson said. "It's they do all of that at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday, and then we get to a game and we get a little scared and tentative. ... I think we have shown those flashes that we can compete with anybody that we play."

In case you missed it, we're copying one of the popular features of KUsports.com, "Keegan's Ratings," where Sports Editor Tom Keegan ranks KU football and men's basketball players after every game he attends and I'm bringing back the high school ratings for this basketball season. These individual rankings are just one person's opinion, but it's a good way to look at how each person impacted each game.

Lawrence High girls basketball

  1. Marissa Pope, sr. — After the Ravens went on a big run to open the second half, Pope brought the Lions right back into the game with seven points in the third quarter. Pope finished with 14 points, two rebounds and three assists. But even more important than her offense was the defense she played against Olathe Northwest senior point guard Shaleia Jamison, who averages 16 points per game. Pope denied the ball after the first pass and held Jamison without a shot in the first half. Jamison only made one shot, which came in transition when Pope wasn’t on her.

  2. Alexis Boyd, jr. — Boyd was really strong against Olathe Northwest’s 2-3 zone defense. With a nice turnaround jumper, she scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She also drew two charges on defense.

    “I thought offensively we shared the ball nicely and did a good job,” LHS coach Jeff Dickson said. “Alexis Boyd put together a really nice night for us. She’s really coming along.”

  3. Matia Finley, sr. — Facing a team that took 46 three-pointers, it’s hard to grab rebounds because so many of them go long after hitting the rim. But that didn’t affect Finley, who grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds. She was a big key for the Lions, not allowing the Ravens to score second-chance points. Finley also had six points and a steal.

  4. E’lease Stafford, fr. — Judging by the box score, Stafford scored two points on 1 of 7 shooting, scoring the first points of the game by beating Olathe Northwest’s defense down the court. But she actually made a huge impact on offense, helping move the ball along the perimeter for open shots. She had two assists, four rebounds and a steal.

  5. Skylar Drum, so. — The 5-foot-6 guard couldn’t get her shot to fall, scoring three points on 1 of 5 shooting. But she had three rebounds and an assist, and she played solid defense on the perimeter.

  6. Olivia Lemus, so. — Lemus scored all five of her points in the second quarter, starting a 12-0 LHS run to end the first half. She also had five rebounds and an assist.

  7. Rebecca Finley, sr. — Finley was the first player off of the bench, and she brought good energy to the court. She scored two points in the first quarter on a layup and she had two rebounds.

  8. Madison McKinney, so. — The 5-foot-4 guard scored on a putback before the first quarter buzzer. In the third quarter, she had a nice assist to Boyd for a layup.

  9. Asia Goodwin, fr. — Goodwin brought good energy off of the bench and she grabbed two rebounds. She missed all three shots she took.

    — Next up: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. SM North. Record: 3-13.

Lawrence High boys basketball

  1. Anthony Bonner, sr. — When Bonner is making shots, there’s not much opposing teams can do but just sit back and watch. The 6-foot-2 senior was in rhythm throughout the night, scoring a game-high 21 points, including going 4 for 7 from behind the three-point line. He also had two buzzer beaters, four rebounds and an assist. In the third quarter, he went 4 for 4 from the field for 12 points.

  2. Justin Roberts, jr. — Roberts gave the Lions a lift in the first quarter, scoring six points and dishing an assist. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. When the Ravens went on a quick 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter, Roberts responded with five points to put an end to any comeback bid.

  3. Ben Rajewski, sr. — After scoring 18 points on Tuesday, Rajewski opened the scoring with a putback before knocking down a three-pointer a few minutes later. He did a good job digging on Olathe Northwest’s post players and closing out on shooters, and he drew a charge in the fourth quarter.

  4. Price Morgan, jr. — Morgan heated up in the third quarter after sitting with some foul trouble in the first half. He scored seven of his nine points in the period, blocked a shot, grabbed a steal and had a nice and-1 finish.

  5. John Barbee, sr. — Barbee couldn’t get his shot to drop, but played stellar defense and started a few transition buckets by leading the Lions down the court. He finished with four points, six rebounds and one steal.

  6. Logan Applegate, sr. — Facing some physical opposing post players, Applegate played really well, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds. He also did a really good job playing interior defense without fouling.

  7. Anthony Harvey, jr. — In one of my favorite plays of the season, Harvey dove head-first out of bounds trying to chase down a long rebound with a 30-point lead and 1:02 remaining. Incredible effort. A minute before that, Harvey knocked down a three from the top of the arc.

  8. Fred Brou, jr. — Brou scored on a smooth hook shot late in the third quarter. He played strong defense, denying the ball in the post.

  9. Kyle Hoffman, sr. — I watched him shooting a few hours before the game with headphones on and he was just draining threes. After the student section chanted his name, prompting his coaches to put him in the game, he delivered with a deep three before the final buzzer.

    “A guy like Kyle Hoffman and a guy like Tae Shorter, those guys fight every day in practice,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said. “They work extremely hard. They’re very loyal teammates. When they get in the game, I want them to play hard and take advantage of the situation they’re given.”

  10. Jackson Mallory, so. — I heard Mallory made nine three-pointers in the junior-varsity game beforehand, so no wonder his hot shooting continued in the final minutes when he drained a three in front of the student section. He also had a rebound and a steal.

  11. Tae Shorter, sr. — Shorter showed off some nice crossover dribbles at point guard in the final minutes. He scored on a free throw and grabbed a rebound.

    — Next up: 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. #6 SM North. Record: 15-1.

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