Bonner Springs Free State High's girls basketball team today will try to claim a regular-season tournament title for the first time in school history.
The Firebirds upended Topeka Seaman, 43-36, Friday in the semifinals of the Bonner Springs Invitational. At 4:30 p.m. today, they will meet Junction City in the title game.
"It's definitely big for our program. We're trying to build on what we do each and every year. It's a step in the right direction for us, a building block," FSHS assistant coach Dustin Leochner said.
Friday, Jenna Brantley scored 14 points, Tricia Dunham 11 and Jamie Stanclift and Banaka Okwuone six apiece for the Firebirds.
"Today was as excited as I've seen a group of girls to play a basketball game at Free State," Leochner said. "To do something that hasn't been done before ... Free State (fans) will get them motivated to play the final."
The Firebirds (2-1) led 18-6 after one quarter against Seaman and never looked back, hitting a batch of free throws late to stay in control.
"It was the first tight game of our season, and the girls responded well," Leochner said. "We stuck together and made five of seven from the line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. They battled hard the whole game and fouled us, but we were able to knock down free throws and take care of the ball."