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Free State girls top SM North, 49-24

Free State's Kennedy Kirkpatrick (22) loses control of the ball trying to split a pair of SM North defenders during the second half of the game on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at FSHS. The Firebirds won 49-24.

Free State's Kennedy Kirkpatrick (22) loses control of the ball trying to split a pair of SM North defenders during the second half of the game on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at FSHS. The Firebirds won 49-24.

February 24, 2010

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Firebird girls whip Indians

Free State's girls basketball team schooled Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday. The Firebirds won 49-24. Enlarge video

Typically, a 15-point first-quarter cushion is enough to withstand even the fiercest of comeback attempts, and the Free State girls basketball team's Tuesday night matchup with Shawnee Mission North was no different.

Free State took a 20-5 lead after one quarter and didn’t look back in its 49-24 victory, forcing 21 turnovers and allowing only four SM North players to score in what has become a typically dominant defensive effort.

“Our defense was really clicking in that first quarter,” said Firebirds coach Bryan Duncan, whose team improves to 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the Sunflower League this season. “And I think the results are pretty nice when that happens.”

Sophomore guard Lynn Robinson finished with a game-high 14 points — 10 of which came off 4-of-4 shooting in the first quarter — and senior Ashli Hill added 11 for the Firebirds.

“When we scored so much in the first quarter, we didn’t really have to work to dig ourselves out of a hole,” said Robinson, who was also 3-of-4 from three-point range. “Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused (with a big lead), but we were able to stop them when they went on some mini-runs.”

Free State will take on Lawrence High at 6 p.m. on Friday at LHS.

Comments

MrATLHoops 4 years, 1 month ago

If you all get off your but and go to the game. You would not have to ask what the freshman done in the game. The team is made up of more than the freshman girl that got pulled up. Regardless of how good she is or not. I fill they should have waited until next year to let them play with the varsity; because it is a hit or miss deal. They could help the chemistry of the team or it can also hurt it as well. The reason why I say that is. It's so late in the season to pull someone up unless the team that they were playing on ran the same offensive and defensive sets. That way they are coming in prepared and ready to go; but if not it is not fare to the kids that has been putting in all the hard work to help get the team were they are now. The freshman that got pulled up will not make or break the season. The leader of the team will. We all know who the team follows out there on the court besides the head coach. In case you don't know look at the team stats and that should answer your question.

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fshsbird 4 years, 1 month ago

cant wait for the game in the jungle. get there early, it will be a sellout.

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fshsbird 4 years, 1 month ago

cant wait for the game in the jungle. get there early, it will be a sellout.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 1 month ago

according to the kcstar, the one above in the pic scored 3. From the box score in the star, a couple of jv/varsity players scored. Only one name I don't recognize, so i am not sure if they are a freshmen or jv.

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Hop2It 4 years, 1 month ago

From the box score, looks like more than one 9th grader played. Also looks like 9th graders were the leading scorers in the JV game.

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