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Free State girls upended by O-Northwest

Alexa Gaumer (12) and Courtney Hoag (25) fight for the ball with Madi Haney (30) in second half action Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Free State lost to Olathe Northwest 76-65.

Alexa Gaumer (12) and Courtney Hoag (25) fight for the ball with Madi Haney (30) in second half action Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Free State lost to Olathe Northwest 76-65.

February 12, 2011


If basketball was solely based in how well you could shoot it, Free State High’s girls basketball team might have fared much better on Friday.

Despite shooting at nearly a 50 percent clip, the Firebirds fell, 76-65, at Olathe Northwest after an off night in a few other crucial areas.

There were the 22 turnovers, nearly three times the Firebirds’ average.

“(The Ravens) probably caused about half of them,” FSHS coach Bryan Duncan said. “The other half were one-handed passes, sloppy passes, maybe tired passes. And those are the ones you can’t make.”

There were also the 18 offensive rebounds, which Raven scorers Mackaela Carter (18 points) and Jaylah Jackson (16 points) and 6-foot-3 Michaela Crull capitalized upon.

“The truth is, they’re really not much bigger than us,” Duncan said. “They were just more aggressive.”

Perhaps most lopsided, though, was the disparity in fouls: the Ravens (13-2) shot 30 free throws to the Firebirds’ eight.

Part of that can be attributed to FSHS — led by Alexa Gaumer’s 20 points and six rebounds — being a jump shooting team.

At one point during the game, Duncan said, an official told him the Firebirds weren’t being “strong enough” with the ball to warrant calling a foul.

“That’s not acceptable,” Duncan said. “A foul is a foul. If there’s a foul, they call a foul.”

In the end, though, Duncan wasn’t making excuses for his Firebirds (9-8) who led, 35-32, at the half after the hot shooting of Gaumer and Lynn Robinson (11 points).

“Coach Duncan always tells me, ‘Keep shooting, keep shooting,’” Gaumer said after her 6-for-6 night from behind the arc.

Kennedy Kirkpatrick notched a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Courtney Hoag — in her first career start — tallied nine points and four blocks to lead FSHS into the fourth quarter with a 58-57 lead.

The Ravens, who were already in the double bonus barely a minute into the quarter, jumped ahead after two baskets from Carter and never looked back.

“I figured it would come down to the very end,” Duncan said. “At the end, they made a few plays on the defensive end and we didn’t.”

Box score

Olathe Northwest girls 76, Free State 65


Jackie Garcia 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy Kirkpatrick 5-13 2-2 16, Lynn Robinson 4-9 3-3 11, Courtney Hoag 4-7 1-1 9, Chelsea Casady 1-8 0-0 2, Scout Wiebe 1-1 0-0 3, Abbey Casady 2-5 0-0 4, Alexa Gaumer 6-6 2-2 20. Totals 23-50 8-8 65.


Mackaela Carter 5-10 6-8 18, Ashlyn Landherr 2-7 2-2 7, Vashti Neal 5-11 6-6 19, Jaylah Jackson 7-19 1-2 16, Madi Haney 2-5 1-1 5, Michaela Crall 1-7 7-12 9, Hannah Kovarik 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-61 22-30 76.

Free State 16 19 23 7 — 65

O-Northwest 17 15 25 19 — 76

Three-point goals: Free State 11-22 (Gaumer 6, Kirkpatrick 4, Wiebe); Olathe NW 7-16 (Neal 3, Carter 2, Landherr, Jackson). Fouled out: Free State — Hoag. Shooting: Free State 23-50 (46 percent); Olathe NW 23-61 (37.7 percent). Turnovers: Free State 22, Olathe NW 12.


mom_of_three 7 years, 1 month ago

Olathe Northwest isn't ranked #4 in 6A for nothing.

no_thanks 7 years, 1 month ago

What an incredible game...fast paced, well played on both sides as you rarely attend a girl's varsity game in which the combined score between the two teams is 151 points. ONW is a very good team, but this young FSHS team has potential to compete with anyone.

justmytwocents 7 years, 1 month ago

starting next year, Free state may have a solid grip on the league. I think they and ONW will have the tops in the league. ONW currently has their leading scorer out for the season with a torn ACL and Jackson is also a sophomore. But olathe south isn't losing too many seniors, and will also be tough to reckon with.

oleballcoach05 7 years, 1 month ago

I was at this game and I found it entertaining as well. However, I'll have to disagree that FSHS will be a good team in the future. Olathe NW is very good but they didn't have their best player and FSHS still couldn't beat them. That's not a good sign of things to come.

mom_of_three 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree with you, Coach. ONW will still be a very tough team next year with Brooks back. But Free State should improve greatly in the league next year, because they will not lose any seniors. SMNW is also a young team that was very tough this year and should make great strides next year with a year of competition under their belts.
Look at SMW, and they will basically lose their starting lineup to graduation. they have soome good bench players, but I don't see them as a force as they are this year.

mom_of_three 7 years, 1 month ago

And I think ONW only loses one of their main scorers to graduation and maybe a bench player or two. They have lots of talented sophomores.

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