Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 2:52PM
A different story
LSN rolls past Tigers in second meeting
By Brian Spano
Special to the Journal
Lee’s Summit North seniors Devin Woods and Richard Chapman weren’t going to let what happened on Jan. 25 at Lee’s Summit happen again on their home court.
That night, those two teams met up in one of the more thrilling games of the year. North chipped away at a 16-point deficit in the second half to win on a Ryan Sorrell layup at the buzzer, 62-61.
Fast forward two weeks later, and the senior-laden Broncos came out and dominated from start to finish, taking the Suburban Big Six Conference battle 58-33. It was all sparked by an 11-0 run to open the game and not allowing Lee’s Summit to score its first bucket until Drew Lock drained a three-pointer with about a minute left in the first quarter.
The Tigers couldn’t buy a basket, shooting one for 11 in the first quarter and just two for 23 in the first half.
“Tonight, we just played everybody straight up, and we didn’t want Drew to go off,” North head coach Mike Hilbert said. “Devin Woods was awesome. He’s been great all year on their best player, and I thought he was awesome tonight.”
Lee’s Summit’s shooting woes spread throughout the team. The Tigers trailed 11-3 after the first quarter and 29-7 at the half. Even Tigers’ head coach Keith Miller spent four of his allotted five timeouts in the first quarter-and-a-half to try to stem the tide and motivate his team.
Lock summed up his team’s dismal performance best.
“That was probably the worst half we played all year,” he said. “All of us missing, we couldn’t feed off of someone. Couldn’t have a guy come out making shots for you, and OK, maybe we could comeback in this thing, but it never came.”
Meanwhile, North did pretty much anything they wanted to do, and it was Chapman and Woods leading the way. Chapman finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while Woods added 16 more.
“For our seniors, we have six seniors on this squad, who are busting their (rears) to play every game,” Chapman said. “We played really good as a team all the way around. Devin was great finishing layups, the crowd was great and I was just trying to do what I can to help the team win.”
The victory was important for the Broncos after coming off a disappointing loss to another conference foe in Blue Springs South. Hilbert hopes this can be a catalyst for his team as they head down the final stretch of the season.
“It’s a situation where you don’t know with 16-, 17-year old kids, how they’re going to respond, and they did a great job tonight,” he said. “I think part of having six seniors really helps. Courtwarming, their senior year, they really wanted to have a good performance, and they concentrated really well and competed hard tonight.”