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Offensive drought dooms FSHS girls

January 29, 2005

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After trailing Manhattan, 28-17, at halftime Friday night in the semifinals of the Firebird Winter Classic, sixth-seeded Free State limited the second-seeded Indians to four points in the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the host Firebirds, they mustered only three points in an extremely uneventful eight minutes and suffered a 52-36 loss.

Free State High's Lauren Kimball puts up a shot against Manhattan.
The Firebirds lost, 52-36, Friday at Free State.

Free State High's Lauren Kimball puts up a shot against Manhattan. The Firebirds lost, 52-36, Friday at Free State.

"We had some opportunities in the third quarter," said Free State coach Bryan Duncan, whose team was 0-for-6 from the field and 3-of-8 from the foul line in the third quarter.

The Firebirds struggled from the stripe all night, sinking 15 of 31 free-throw attempts.

"That really hurt us," said senior Jamie Stanclift, who led Free State with seven points. "When you start missing shots, it's hard for some teams to get over that hump. That's clearly not a strength of ours. We kept shooting, but not with the same confidence."

Free State (4-7) didn't make a field goal in the second half until Chloe Hall's three-point play with 3:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Firebirds, who will play Blue Valley (5-7) at 12:30 p.m. today in the third-place game, finished 10-of-30 from the field.

Manhattan's Katy Davenport scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half as the Indians seized control. Manhattan led 10-9 after one quarter and pulled away by scoring the first 11 points of the second quarter.

"We started to feel like it was out of our hands," Stanclift said. "We let calls and officials effect us too much. That's when turnovers and things like that started to happen, and it just snowballed. Good teams don't let that happen."





Free State finished with 20 turnovers, compared to 11 for Manhattan.

The Indians (9-3) will meet Shawnee Heights (11-0) in the 2:30 p.m. championship game. Julia Hale led Heights with 16 points, and Jessica Mainz had 15 in a 56-34 victory over Blue Valley in the other semifinal.








Manhattan 10 18 4 20 -- 52
Free State 9 8 3 16 -- 36
Three-pointers -- Manhattan 1-7 (Tamboue 0-1, Clark 0-2, Koster 1-4); FSHS 1-11 (Hock 0-2, Hall 0-1, Brantley 1-6, Dunham 0-2). Turnovers -- Manhattan 11, FSHS 20. Fouls -- Manhattan 20, FSHS 23. Fouled out -- Harrison, Okwuone.Manhattan (52)Elise Houtz 0-1 0-0 0, Becca Hughley 1-1 2-2 4, Jolene Tamboue 4-7 2-2 10, Janna Pfeifley 0-0 1-2 1, Sarah Couchman 2-4 4-8 8, Chauna Stephens 2-4 4-8 8, Destiny Clark 0-7 3-4 3, Katy Davenport 8-14 6-8 22, Jenna Koster 1-5 1-3 4. Totals: 16-39 19-29 52.Free State (36)Allie Hock 1-3 0-2 2, Lauren Kimball 1-4 4-4 6, Kelsey Harrison 1-1 3-5 5, Chloe Hall 1-2 1-1 3, Jamie Stanclift 2-4 3-7 7, Jenna Brantley 2-10 1-4 6, Tricia Dunham 0-4 3-8 3, Banaka Okwuone 1-1 0-0 2, Kassidi Anderson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 10-30 15-31 36.

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