At home against Hampden Academy, the preseason favorite to win Class A North, Lawrence went cold, then got colder. The Bulldogs shot just 5 for 48 from the field (10.4 percent) and the Broncos pulled away with a 52-16 win.
Hampden improved to 3-0, while Lawrence fell to 2-1.
“I thought our defensive scheme was good tonight. Obviously, they didn’t make shots. I hope we had something to do with that, but at the same point, I don’t expect them to shoot like that again all year,” Hampden coach Russ Bartlett said.
With 4:11 left in the second quarter, Lawrence’s Kobe Nadeau made a 3-pointer to cut Hampden’s lead to 19-8. The Bulldogs didn’t score again until Gavin Herrin made a layup with 6:19 to play in the fourth quarter. That was 13 minutes, 52 seconds of game time that saw Lawrence fail to connect on a shot.
“No. 1, Hampden is a very good defensive team. They got to our shooters. They knew who the shooters were,” Lawrence coach Jason Pellerin said. “In the first half, I thought we showed very good patience, trying to get a better shot. However, we did lose confidence. And we’ve got to find our inner resiliency on an individual and team basis so we don’t allow that to happen in the future.”