Bonner Springs The Free State High girls basketball team finished off the tournament with a victory against Shawnee Heights in the third-place game.
The Firebirds (2-1), who were led by 10 points apiece from seniors Wren Wiebe and Ashli Hill, wound up in the third-place game after an opening-round victory against Lansing and a hard-fought loss to Topeka-Seaman in the semifinals.
“There’s a huge difference between third and fourth, that’s no secret,” coach Bryan Duncan said. “We wanted to win the darn thing and that was our goal going into it, but it was nice to see that we had a good bounce-back game after losing in the semis.”
Hill and Chantay Caron both were named to the event’s all-tournament team. Hill also earned the tournament’s defensive MVP award for the second year in a row and tallied 12 blocks in the third-place game, which broke her own school record.
“She earned it,” Duncan said. “She had an awesome three days, especially on the defensive end.”
The Free State boys and girls both will play next at Leavenworth on Friday.