Olathe The Free State High girls didn’t fare much better than the boys Tuesday, as they, too, fell behind early and never found a way to get back on top, losing 42-35.
Olathe East built leads of 13-6 and 22-10 in the first half and then held on despite being outscored by the Firebirds, 12-6, in the third quarter.
Free State (3-4) cut the deficit to as few as four in the fourth quarter on a three-point bucket from Susan Wilson, but the Hawks iced the game from the free-throw line.
“We just don’t handle the ball or shoot the ball well,” Free State coach Bryan Duncan said. “It sounds simple, but it really is. We lost the game well before we scrapped back.”
Ashli Hill led the Firebirds with 12 points. Chantay Caron and Ashleigh Allam chipped in nine apiece.