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Free State girls fall on Senior Night

Free State senior Chantay Caron tries to keep the ball away from Olathe South senior Kelsey Balcom. Caron scored 23 points in the Firebirds’ 58-41 loss on Senior Night Friday at Free State High.

Free State senior Chantay Caron tries to keep the ball away from Olathe South senior Kelsey Balcom. Caron scored 23 points in the Firebirds’ 58-41 loss on Senior Night Friday at Free State High.

February 20, 2010

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Free State girls fall on senior night

The Firebird girls couldn't produce quite enough offense to get by Olathe South on Friday. The girls lost 58-41. Enlarge video

If you think Olathe South’s boys basketball team is good, you should see the Falcons’ girls.

After a twinbill sweep of Free State on Friday night, O-South ran its combined record to 33-1.

The O-South girls remained unbeaten (17-0) with a 58-41 triumph over the Firebirds, while the boys climbed to 16-1 with a 55-45 triumph in the nightcap.

In the girls game, the Firebirds (11-7) never led, falling behind 11-2 early and never coming closer than four points the rest of the way.

It was Senior Night for the girls — the boys will celebrate their Senior Night on Tuesday against Shawnee Mission North — and Chantay Caron contributed a game-high 23 in her penultimate game in the Free State gym.

But only three other Firebirds scored, including freshman Kennedy Kirkpatrick, who netted six points in only her second varsity game. Meanwhile, three O-South (17-0) players scored in double figures.

“They were good, and they came to play,” Free State coach Bryan Duncan said of the Falcons. “Their pressure defense created a lot of havoc for our guards.”

O-South forced 21 turnovers and shot a sizzling 48.9 percent (24 of 49).

“I don’t think we played poorly,” Duncan said. “We just lost to a very good basketball team.”

Comments

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

Guess I will have to read the KC paper to find out who the other two firebirds were who combined for 12 points.

colealdrich 4 years, 10 months ago

the firebirds that scored were chantay caron 23, ashli hill 10, kennedy kirkpatrick 6, and wren wiebe 2.

fshsbird 4 years, 10 months ago

I THINK THE KIRKPATRICK GIRL SHOULD BE STARTING AND PLAYING THE MAJORITY OF THE GAME. COME ON COACH, THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!!

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

I think Duncan has the coaching experience and knows what HE is doing.

not_that_crazy 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the "real" reporting everyone. I am still amazed that Kennedy is able to step in like that. Bravo. Were those points that someone else would have scored with the same playing playing time? Although Kennedy scored six, other production was down. OR was it just because they were playing one of the best teams in the state?

colealdrich 4 years, 10 months ago

any time chantay doesn't play that is taking away points and lynn robinson would have scored given some of her minutes had not been taken

fshsbird 4 years, 10 months ago

this team needs all the help scoring it can get. her 3 point shooting is the only chance we have at making it to state. the 2 main players cannot do it all by theirselves and the other guards just arent consistent enough to beat good teams. we will have to play alot better than this to win at the jungle friday night.

Clickker 4 years, 10 months ago

Looks like the Garcia girl is the odd man (woman) out.

colealdrich 4 years, 10 months ago

20 something minutes out of 32 for a freshman in her second game is a lot

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

fshsbird - I think this team had a chance of making it to state without Fitzpactrick. Both Robinson and Garcia can hit threes and are excellent players.
The bench at FSHS isn't big, but to say that Fitzpatrick can make it or break it does a great dis-service to the rest of the team.

colealdrich 4 years, 10 months ago

Garcia hardly played, and Robinson didn't play near as much as Kirkpatrick. both of these girls got many of their minutes taken away. maybe kennedy just needs to get accostomed to the team and the high school level, which is completely understandable, but so far she has had way too many turnovers, and last night she still played more than everyone but probably chantay caron. like I said, she may just need to get used to playing, but i don't see her making the difference between state or not. that is insulting to the rest of the team who have been playing together all season.

Clickker 4 years, 10 months ago

The timing just seems odd. I'm all for 9th graders being able to play varsity, but do it from the start. Not after the season starts, and the rotations have been set. Psychologically, it has to be hard on the girls passed over.

not_that_crazy 4 years, 10 months ago

In hindsight, the move to use a Freshman at the very end of the season might prove genius or might just look desperate. Right now, I wonder if it just a short term solution for an "underperforming" team. Next year, your D-1 prospects are going to be gone, and the team (including the odd-woman-out) will know that a season of hard work and teamwork isn't the most important thing to the coach.

Clickker 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, well, not sure what the track record is, and for the good of the girls, I hope he doesnt lose anyone. It wouldnt be the first time that a local coach made decisions that caused promising athletes to throw in the towel. Of course Garcia wont throw in the towel, she will work harder, and try to earn minutes next year. The larger risk to the FS program is that if she doesnt think she is given a fair shake, she could all of a sudden have a new address, maybe at her grandparents house, who happen to live south of 15th street.

Hop2It 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks as always for the insight. I agree how it would have to be hard psychologically for many of the girls...this year AND during the off season evaluating if this is a coach you can trust. A trip to State might make that all go away, though.

Any other 9th graders playing? Any playing with the JV?

not_that_crazy 4 years, 10 months ago

Grandmas make the best cookies and LHS is will graduate six seniors. Plenty of playing time with a "teaching coach."

Hop2It 4 years, 10 months ago

I heard that LHS actually had 7or 8 seniors on the roster this year, but not all of them get playing time.
Regardless of the exact number, grandmas do make the best cookies.

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

LHS website shows 9 seniors on the roster, but i believe one quit, which leaves 8. And no, not all get regular playing time. Some get more than others.

MIke Mallory 4 years, 10 months ago

well, lets put it this way, this is the same coach who voted no against 9th graders moving up 5 years ago when it didnt help him, but now that it does, he is selling out to help out this underperforming team. in his eyes, the only way he can beat good teams is if Kennedy makes some 3 pointers. look at their record against good teams. it is not good. .

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

and until the season is over, we don't know if the move he made will help his team. didn't seem to help against Olathe South. but a couple of more games are left and time will tell.

Clickker 4 years, 10 months ago

to ask a previous question again:

Did other 9th grade girls move up to the JV and C teams?

If not, then why not? Shouldnt everyone be given a fair chance?

jayhawk1125 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, Clickker, but only at Free State and only with girls. Some girls from Southwest and West stepped up and have already started to make a difference especially on the C team since there were only six girls before the ninth graders moved up. Why only Free State and why only girls? Well, the other teams probably decided that bringing up other players would be less benefical to there team. Simple as that. But can you imagine if this happened last year and how good LHS boys could have been with Anthony and KJ playing with Dorian and Lance?

And by the way, mom_of_three, her name is KIRKpatrick not FITZpatrick. Maybe you should have the facts right before you start posting your opinions on EVERY single thread about EVERY single sport which you seem to do a lot.

Clickker 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks 1125. I had heard that the C team at FS actually had to recruit in the hallways to get a team,so I figured that some 9th graders would move up to fill the gap. They wouldnt have to "cut" anyone to bring them on.

Hop2It 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the info. Didn't know they were short on players. Just doesn't seem right when they have to cut good players when they are in 8th grade at some Jr highs.

Hope this all gets fixed and that next year's 9th graders are able to play at the high school from the start of the season!

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

jayhawk, sorry if i hurt your feelings cause I got a name wrong. I am not the first, and certainly not the last (as the paper always gets the captions wrong. HOw many times have the names in the photo captions been wrong with LHS basketball? More than they should.)
And I can post my opinion where ever I want, but on the contrary, I do not post on EVERY single thread about EVERY single sport. Haven't touched NASCAR, golf, wrestling, bowling, softball, and are very rarely on football. I do, however, love and watch basketball ALOT.

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

And I think I have left the Olympic winter sports entirely alone. Not a big curling fan. By the way, I hope the LJW comes out with an article about the LHS wrestling team, who won regionals. I read the results in the Eagle.

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

Looking forward to the LHS v Free State game next Friday night. It usually brings out the best (and worst - remember December) in both teams.

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick....there, that's probably as many times as I said it wrong. Happy now, Jayhawk?

jayhawk1125 4 years, 9 months ago

Clickker, I heard that too. In fact, I think Regan Kahler was convinced about a week after the season started to join the team.

Hop2It, I agree completely. In eighth grade there are so many kids with potential... and it is all about potential in the eighth grade am I right? Such a shame.

Oh mom_of_three, you are quite the jokester, huh? And dangggg gurrrrrl. You are banging on ljworld... they do the best they can. basketball>wrestling, they can't cover it all. And BTW, my feelings are crushed thanks a lot.

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