Tuesday, Dec. 04 2012 3:02PM
Starting out on fire
LSW shoots down Barstow in tourney
By Stephanie Yeagle
It was their first game of the season, but Lee’s Summit West didn’t show it, destroying Barstow 63-32 in the first round of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Shootout Dec. 3.
“As a starter game, I think we did excellent,” senior guard Deron Session said. “We have been practicing for a long time, going hard at each other about a month and a half now...We started out a little slow, but we have made major improvements from what we have been doing in practice.”
The Titans started out with a 11-0 advantage, with a three-pointer and basket from sophomore guard Ryan Williams and a basket each from Session, junior guard Thomas Ganaden and senior forward Trevor Gregory. Lee’s Summit West led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Barstow fought back, making the score 24-14, before the Titans went on another run, this time for eight points, with a basket from junior forward Dale Brown, a free throw each from Williams and sophomore guard Jared Dixon, a bucket from sophomore guard Gary Davis and another basket from Williams. After a shot from Barstow, senior guard Kyndall Powell was fouled and sunk both free throws to give Lee’s Summit West a 34-16 advantage at halftime.
“For the most part, we played pretty well,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Michael Schieber said. “We obviously still have some room to improve. On our zone offense, we got back doored a couple of times, which shouldn’t happen to us. But the kids played hard for the most part, which is all you can ask for in the first game.”
It was the third quarter that the Titans really started to heat up, scoring 20 points and not allowing the Knights to put in a bucket until there was less than two minutes left in the quarter. Lee’s Summit West led 58-20 going into the fourth quarter.
“That’s what we do,” Session said. “We pride ourselves on defense and getting stops. We turned it up on defense and kept them from scoring.”
The Knights outscored Lee’s Summit West 12-5 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Titans’ overwhelming lead.
The Titans were led by Session with 14 points, followed by Williams with 10 points and Powell with eight points. Gregory and Dixon had seven points each and Brown added six. Davis had five points, Monte Harrison netted four and Ganaden had two.
The Titans, 1-0, face Olathe South in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“There are some great teams whoever we play,” Schieber said. “That’s what it’s all about early in the season. It’s a great opportunity to get out and get against some people that we don’t normally see sometimes and that’s a good thing.”
But Session has a goal in mind for his team, since the Titans won the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Shootout last year.
“Win,” he said. “We won it last year with the same principles that we are doing this year so we hope to come back and get another win this year.”