Slow start by LHS girls leads to 47-17 home loss to Olathe East

photo by: Carter Gaskins

Lawrence High sophomore Amaya Marshall (5) shoots a mid-range jump shot in the first quarter during a game Wednesday night at LHS on Jan. 20, 2021.

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team struggled to get much going on the offensive end during its 47-17 loss to Olathe East Friday night at LHS.

The Lions never scored more than 7 points in a single quarter, which included just a single point during the opening eight-minute period. It allowed Olathe East (4-7) to coast on its early 18-1 lead after the first quarter of action.

“Tonight, we were flat at the start,” LHS coach Jeff Dickson said. “(We) let our frustrations about them hitting shots and us missing shots get us out of sync and dropping our chins a little bit.”

LHS (2-14) never posted an advantage in any quarter, with the team’s best stretch being a 7-7 deadlock in the third period. Destiny Savannah provided some much-needed energy for the Lions in the third quarter.

Sophomore guard Amaya Marshall scored 8 points to account for nearly half of Lawrence’s offensive production in the loss. Lucy Hardy finished with 5 points, while Layla Harjo and Azura Clark were the only players to produce points for the Lions.

It was also senior night for Jayden Wilson, who has provided leadership for LHS this year.

“This kid has busted her tail for this program clear back in our youth clinics,” Dickson said. “She has a huge heart and is a tremendous leader and role model.”

Lawrence will travel to Olathe North at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Olathe East 18 12 7 10 — 47

Lawrence 1 4 7 5 — 17

Lawrence (17)

Amaya Marshall 8, Layla Harjo 2, Lucy Hardy 5, Azura Clark 2.


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