WRITER: Braden Shaw

Lions hang on to win Topeka Invitational over Topeka West 53-52

Topeka — Lawrence High in the Topeka Invitational final has become a tradition, with the Lions making the championship seven of the last eight years. LHS repeated as champions Saturday, defeating Topeka West 53-52 and earning its fourth title in eight seasons. “Topeka’s got a great basketball community and that’s what makes this tournament so special,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said. “You can come over ...

Seabury falls to Augusta 60-47 in Baldwin Invitational semifinals

Baldwin City — While revenge may have been on the mind of Bishop Seabury, a comeback win wasn’t in the cards for the Seahawks. After grabbing an early lead, Seabury (7-1) fell 60-47 to Augusta (9-2) in the semifinals of the Baldwin Invitational Tournament Friday. “I don’t think the score is quite indicative of the effort that we put out there on the court,” Seabury coach Jonathan Raney said. “It ...

LHS loses a nailbiter on the road to Gardner Edgerton 54-50

Gardner — If there’s something positive to takeaway — or be encouraged by — from Lawrence High’s (4-5, 1-3 Sunflower League) tough 54-50 loss to Gardner Edgerton (2-6, 1-3 Sunflower League), it’s the resilience of the Lions. “We’ve been in this situation earlier in the season where we’ve pulled apart a little bit or hung our heads, and I like that we got a couple haymakers thrown at us and we ...

Missed shots leads to tough loss as Free State falls to Olathe Northwest 42-31

Olathe — Sometimes shots just don’t fall, and that’s exactly what happened to Free State as the Firebirds fell to Olathe Northwest 42-31 Monday night. “We struggled to score offensively in the second half,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “And we knew it was going to be a tough game. In the second half, unfortunately, we couldn’t get our shots to fall. And they made a few more plays than we ...

Free State holds on for 'strange' win over Olathe Northwest 52-48

Olathe — Free State coach Sam Stroh says his team always knows how to make games interesting, but Monday night was still a bit odd. “That was kind of a weird game with no school on a Monday,” Stroh said. “I was proud of our kids that we found a way to win, but at the same time, we’ve got a lot to learn from this game.” The game was rescheduled from last Friday due to inclement weather, throwing ...

KU relies on stingy defense to stifle Texas Tech 67-50 for first Big 12 win

A struggle in the paint for Texas Tech and an inspired defense by Kansas led to the Jayhawks defeating the Red Raiders 67-50 Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. One great example of Kansas’ defensive showing came in the second quarter, when what could have been a simple layup for Texas Tech quickly turned into a disaster. Guard Alexis Tucker was blocked three times on a single possession by Kansas junior ...

Seabury girls basketball overcomes turnovers to defeat crosstown rival Veritas 40-13

There are two aspects that Bishop Seabury and Veritas girls basketball shared Friday night: youth and turnovers. Ultimately, the Seahawks (3-2) found enough of an edge and offensive rhythm to outlast the Eagles (0-5) 40-13 Friday. “We played together and we responded well,” Bishop Seabury coach Ryan Gutierrez said. “I challenged the girls and they responded. We came out with our hair on fire ...

Seniors lead Free State swim and dive to victory at home meet

Right before the 100-yard butterfly, Free State swim and dive took a moment to recognize its seven senior athletes. “A lot of us, even though we don’t see each other a lot in school, we’re tight-knit and we love this sport,” senior Nick Burket said. “I think we as a group — this is probably more rag-tag than what you’re going to get from next year’s group of seniors. But definitely it was a ...

Despite a strong third quarter, Free State falls to Olathe North 68-44

Olathe — It didn’t take long for Olathe North to get going as the Eagles defeated Free State 68-44 Tuesday. Junior forward Shannon Clarke led the way for the Firebirds with 19 points. “They’re one of the best teams in the state and they’ve got really good players,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “And that’s just this league. So it’s our job to learn how to play at that high level because all ...

Free State boys basketball escapes with 66-63 road win over Olathe North

Olathe — Looking to regain momentum in the fourth quarter, Free State senior guard Ethan Lincoln shot another corner 3-pointer. But as Lincoln missed — causing a scrum for the rebound — junior center Andrew Piper came up with the ball once again for a tough, and necessary, layup. “He was rolling,” Free State coach Sam Stroh said of Piper. “He had his baby hook working and he gets great angles. ...

Baylor defeats Kansas to capture first win at Allen Fieldhouse, 67-55

If a top-five matchup wasn’t enough motivation for No. 3 Kansas, being down 13 points at halftime would usually serve as a sufficient wakeup call. But it wasn’t a vintage KU comeback at Allen Fieldhouse, as No. 4 Baylor rolled to a 67-55 victory over KU Saturday afternoon. This is Baylor’s first win in Allen Fieldhouse (previously 0-16). The Jayhawks spent the majority of the first half crawling out of ...

KU women's basketball adds transfer guard Erica Haynes-Overton

A new addition to the Kansas women’s basketball team was announced Friday as junior guard Erica Haynes-Overton has joined the program, according to coach Brandon Schneider. The 5-foot-5 guard will sit out this season after transferring from East Tennessee State. Haynes-Overton will be eligible for KU in spring 2021. "Erica is an explosive athlete who is an elite, disruptive defender,” Schneider said in a ...

Poor fourth quarter dooms KU women's basketball in Big 12 home opener against West Virginia

Despite a back-and-forth first three quarters, Kansas women’s basketball dropped its Big 12 home opener against No. 19 West Virginia 68-49 Wednesday night. Even though KU was down a player with junior forward Tina Stephens out, KU coach Brandon Schneider is proud of the Jayhawks’ effort against a Big 12 title contender. “They’re ranked 19, whatever. That’s a top-15 team,” Schneider said. “We ...

LHS girls suffer 47-31 road loss to Olathe West

Olathe — Junior forward Ozi Ajekwu scored 9 points as she tried to lead the way for Lawrence High, but the Lions failed to overcome turnovers and a stagnant offense in a 47-31 loss to Olathe West on Tuesday night. Both sides struggled to get much going on offense early, with the Owls holding a narrow 8-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lions shot 2 of 12 from the field, yet still found themselves ...

LHS boys can't overcome early setback in loss to Olathe West

Olathe — It didn’t take long for Lawrence High boys basketball to readjust the game plan. Less than two minutes into the game, senior forward Mayson Quartlebaum went down with a rolled ankle. He’d sit out for the remainder of the first quarter, checking back in at the 6:43 mark of the second quarter. “It hurt a little bit having Mayson go down early,” LHS coach Mike Lewis said. “That throws a ...

Led by senior guard Caely Kesten, Free State girls basketball beats Lansing, 51-32

Kansas City, Kan. — Near the end of the first quarter, Free State senior guard Caely Kesten saw a pass fly just over her head. Kesten hustled down the other end, though, blocking a Lansing shot and ending the impromptu back-and-forth with a layup of her own. “That was one of the points of emphasis over the break,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “We need to get the ball out in transition and make plays ...

Free State boys basketball overcomes inconsistency to defeat Lansing 53-43

Kansas City, Kan. — Despite cooling off after a fast start, Free State boys basketball held on for a 53-43 victory over Lansing at the 810 Varsity Sunflower Showcase on Saturday. DK Middleton led the way for Free State with 22 points. “We need DK to play (like that) the rest of the year,” Free State coach Sam Stroh said. “I don’t think he would say he that played very well to start the season, but ...

Free State girls basketball falls to Shawnee Mission Northwest 72-36

Shawnee — From the opening tip, Free State girls basketball faced a relentless shooting attack and aggressive defense from Shawnee Mission Northwest — a difficult combination to handle. “Shawnee Mission Northwest is a really good basketball team,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “And you know what, our margin of error is really small and we’re still learning how to play together and what it takes ...

After second half comeback, Free State boys basketball defeats Shawnee Mission Northwest 54-51

Shawnee — Right after the Firebirds gave up a basket in the lane at the beginning of the third quarter, Free State coach Sam Stroh clapped his hands and yelled for his team to “wake up.” “For our guys, being in the hole was kind of shocking,” Stroh said. “But you’ve got to bring some energy, whether you’re on the bench or in the game, we want to be the most vocal team in the gym. And we ...

Eudora boys basketball looks to grow from loss in Cardinal Invitational final

A second-place finish in a tournament — especially in December — is nothing to lose sleep over. And while Eudora boys basketball coach Kyle Deterding recognizes that, the Cardinals’ 66-35 loss to Harmon on Thursday still stings. “Overall (the tournament) was a positive,” Deterding said. “But this was a sour taste to end on.” While the Cardinals held on against the Hawks for much of the first ...