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Defense leads Free State girls

Free State’s Ashli Hill (33) tries to go up for a shot against Shawnee Missions South’s Taylor McDowell. Free State won, 29-28, on Tuesday at FSHS.

Free State’s Ashli Hill (33) tries to go up for a shot against Shawnee Missions South’s Taylor McDowell. Free State won, 29-28, on Tuesday at FSHS.

February 10, 2010


Firebird girls nip Raiders

The Free State girls basketball team barely edged Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday. The girls took home the victory 29-28. Enlarge video

Chantay Caron’s free throw with 3.5 seconds remaining gave the Free State girls basketball team a one-point lead and proved to be the game-winning basket Tuesday night against visiting Shawnee Mission South.

Her steal on the ensuing in-bounds pass, however, is what Firebirds coach Bryan Duncan wanted to talk about afterward.

“More important than (the free throw), she made a nice defensive stop on the last play,” said Duncan, whose team overcame a second-half SM South surge to walk away with a 29-28 home victory.

Defense, certainly, was the theme during a game in which the two teams combined for just 57 points, and Free State’s defensive effort proved especially stout for much of the evening.

The Firebirds forced 15 turnovers, held the Raiders to 8-of-29 shooting from the field (28 percent) and allowed just 10 first-half points to overcome a shaky offensive performance and improve to 10-5 this season.

SM South looked particularly unfit to deal with the post presence of Free State 6-foot-5 center Ashli Hill, who scored just five points but grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots while essentially taking away the Raiders’ inside game.

“I think our defense is what won it for us,” said Caron, a senior forward who finished with 14 points and four rebounds. “We got some good stops. I think as long as we play good defense, it’s not that hard to score.”

Despite jumping to a 10-2 lead after one quarter, however, the Firebirds struggled to get into a rhythm offensively the rest of the way, getting outscored in each of the final two quarters and managing just three points in the final eight minutes.

What’s more, only four players scored for Free State: Caron, Hill, Lynn Robinson (eight points), and Wren Wiebe (two).

With things beginning to look grim late, however, Caron came through, scoring nine of her team’s final 11 points to help push the Firebirds to their fourth victory in the past five games heading into Friday’s 6 p.m. home game against Olathe Northwest.

“That’s just it — we found a way to win,” Duncan said. “You win a one-point game in mid-February against a quality opponent, that can do nothing but help you (down the road).”


MIke Mallory 8 years ago

are those pink uniforms. where did that money come from, they look great, but hopefully a teacher didnt have to be let go to buy them.

Take_a_letter_Maria 8 years ago

Don't worry lionbacker, the parents paid for those.

MIke Mallory 8 years ago

that is good to hear. hey, just like the new building at the football stadium. If a parent is willing to pay for the extras, take advantage of it.

Take_a_letter_Maria 8 years ago

we each kicked in for our daughters, some out of pocket and some fundraising bs. it wasn't A parent shelling out for everyone.

MIke Mallory 8 years ago

ok, ok, calm down maria, the FREE STATE JOURNAL WORLD did not comment on them which is a little surprising. I just wanted a little clarification.

MIke Mallory 8 years ago

oh by the way. how in the world do you only score 29 points. this team has to be one of the most disapointing free state teams in years. With the talent they have, they should not be squeaking out 29-28 victories over a very mediocre SM South team. There is no leadership, no team unity, heck I am just waiting for the Hill girl to give the student section the middle finger at the LHS game just like she did last year. STAY CLASSY

Clickker 8 years ago

"heck I am just waiting for the Hill girl to give the student section the middle finger at the LHS game just like she did last year. stay classy"


not_that_crazy 8 years ago

“heck I am just waiting for the Hill girl to give the student section the middle finger at the LHS game just like she did last year. stay classy” OMG

Maybe that is why they didn't want to let Freshman play basketball. Maybe they aren't mature enough for such an R-rated environment.

Clickker 8 years ago

In this case, it sounds like they arent mature enough as Soph/Jr/Sr if they cant handle a highly charged rivaly enviornment.

MrATLHoops 8 years ago

Tay keep up the great work and remember know when it is time for you to take control of the game and when to get your team involed. The team will only go as far as you take them; because they look to you as the team leader regaurdless of what lionbacker thinks. Your best game is yet to come. Again keep up the great work and have a great season. I hope that I will be able to see you play in the McDonald's All- American game in Ohio in March. The heart and determination you have will get you there.

MIke Mallory 8 years ago

by (tay) do you mean chantay, come on atlanta, give me a break, ashile or chantay arent in the top 8 of players in the sunflower league, and are probably the 4th and 5th best player in Lawrence, how the He__ do you think she will play in the Mcdonalds game. please PS: there is no chance this team gets to the state tourney and no way they come into the jungle and win.

Clickker 8 years ago

whoa Lion......while you are correct....ease up a little....

These ARE high school kids

MIke Mallory 8 years ago

clickker your right (thanks for the reminder).... got a little carried away and lost my head. Not the kids that I should be getting after but the parents/coaches that feed these kids a line of bull the whole time they are growing up. chantay is a good player, has had some great games as a firebird, and seems like a nice enough kid. my bad!

MrATLHoops 7 years, 11 months ago

lionbacker if go to the McDonalds All-American Basketball website and look up the nominees for McDonalds All-Americans. There are only five girls from the Sunflower league a total of 22 girls from the state of Kansas and none of them are from LHS. So that in it self lets you know that they are in the top 22 girl B-Ball players in the State alone. Not including being nominated as Pre- Season honorable mention All-Americans By Sporting News check your facts before you shoot off about things your not sure about. What they have done is a accomplishment in it self. Don't be a sore looser because the beat your team twice this season. Just give props where props is do. All I hear is about how the refs called the game; but what all of you are forgetting is LHS was the home team so the calls should have went your way not for FSHS way. The object of the game is to put the ball in the basket more than the other team and LHS did not do that both times. So all of you LHS fans just have to wait until next season.

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