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Free State girls basketball suffers setback to SM West

February 16, 2011

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The mostly young Free State High girls basketball team still has a ways to go.

That much was apparent Tuesday night, when the Firebirds were topped, 62-45, by a savvy, experienced Shawnee Mission West bunch at FSHS.

While the Firebirds missed a few open layups early, the Vikings capitalized, and rolled to a 16-1 lead they would never surrender.

“I think we just need to get a bit more pumped up and come out strong,” said sophomore Kennedy Kirkpatrick, who led FSHS (8-9) with 19 points and seven rebounds. “As opposed to waiting around for something to happen.”

Though they trailed, 38-20 at the half, coach Bryan Duncan said his message at halftime was to “stay positive” and “play the way (we) play.”

The message worked, as the Firebirds, boosted by eight points from Kirkpatrick, controlled the third quarter and had whittled the lead down to 47-38 at the start of the fourth.

“I think we started to put a scare in them,” Duncan said. “That third quarter is about as good as we can play.”

Box score

SM West 62, Free State High girls 45

SM WEST (62)

Kaitlin Beeman 1-8 0-0 2, Whitney Knightly 1-2 0-0 3, Jenn Stanley 7-9 0-0 14, Lizzy Jeronimus 6-12 4-4 17, Brooke Katterhenry 5-11 4-6 14, Erin Copeland 1-1 0-2 2, Sophie Stallbaumer 2-4 1-1 6, Marleah Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Whitney Crow 1-1 2-4 4. Totals 24-50 11-17 62.

FREE STATE (45)

Abbey Casady 0-2 0-1 0, Jackie Garcia 3-7 2-4 8, Kennedy Kirkpatrick 8-15 0-0 19, Lynn Robinson 4-14 1-3 8, Chelsea Casady 1-5 0-0 2, Alexa Gaumer 0-1 2-3 2, Courtney Hoag 1-1 1-2 3, Scout Wiebe 0-1 0-0 0, A’Liyah Rogers 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 17-46 8-15 45.

SM West 20 18 9 15 — 62

Free State 10 10 18 7 — 45

Three-point goals: SMW 3-11 (Knightly, Jeronimus, Stallbaumer); Free State 3-15 (Kirkpatrick 3). Shooting: SMW 24-50 (48 percent); Free State 17-46 (37 percent). Turnovers: SMW 20, Free State 17.

Comments

mom_of_three 4 years, 1 month ago

I am not sure whether a loss to the #5 team in the state would be considered a setback. The sunflower league is a tough league, and Olathe South, SMW, and ONW are just good.

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