Free State girls basketball

FSHS girls set points record in victory over SMN
February 12, 2014
Free State High’s girls basketball team started fast and never slowed down Tuesday at Shawnee Mission North. The Firebirds sprinted to a 20-point lead in the first six minutes against SM North and kept shooting well on their way to a school-record 83-51 victory. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS girls ‘fall apart’ late in loss to SMNW
February 8, 2014
Free State High’s girls basketball players didn’t get beat by Shawnee Mission Northwest on Friday night at FSHS. They got lost. The Firebirds, who were trailing for the entire second half, cut their deficit to two points with 2:47 remaining. But after SMNW missed three consecutive free throws, Free State turned the ball over and gave up an offensive rebound on a missed free throw, leading to a 59-53 loss. By Bobby Nightengale
LHS boys No. 2 in 6A ranks; FSHS girls at No. 10
February 3, 2014
The Lawrence High boys basketball team moved up a spot in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, which was released Monday.
FSHS girls finish Classic on high note
February 2, 2014
A first-round loss kept Free State High’s girls basketball players out of Firebird Winter Classic championship for the first time in five years. They were ready to fight for a consolation prize on Saturday morning at FSHS. The Firebirds earned a 54-39 victory over Hutchinson in the tournament’s fifth-place game despite watching a seven-point halftime lead disappear three minutes into the third quarter.
FSHS girls get ‘ho-hum’ win
February 1, 2014
It wasn’t always pretty, but it was good enough for Free State High’s girls basketball team. By Bobby Nightengale
Cold snap: Firebirds start hot, but fall, 51-42, in Winter Classic
January 30, 2014
Everything clicked in the first half for Free State High’s girls basketball team. But in an instant, it all changed. By Bobby Nightengale
Good genes: Piper, Manning team up again
Former Jayhawks’ daughters reunite at Free State High
January 26, 2014
Danny Manning and Chris Piper made quite an impact on the history of basketball in Lawrence after winning a national championship at Kansas University in 1988. What they could not have realized after cutting down the nets in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena in 1988 is that their legacies would continue through their daughters at Free State High a couple of decades later. By Chris Duderstadt
Tournament schedules set for FSHS, LHS girls
January 25, 2014
The Free State High girls basketball team received no favors in its draw for the Firebird Winter Classic, which begins on Thursday.
FSHS girls survive charge, edge Olathe Northwest
January 18, 2014
There was a point earlier this season when a dissipating lead in the fourth quarter would have sent Free State High’s girls basketball players into panic mode. By Benton Smith
FSHS girls stumble early in loss to Leavenworth
January 15, 2014
The first quarter of the Free State High girls basketball team’s 47-33 loss to Leavenworth pretty much decided the outcome. By Matt Tait
Second-half surge lifts FSHS girls over O-North
January 11, 2014
Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan said he didn’t have any magic words for his team at halftime on Friday. With a four-point lead over Olathe North, the Firebirds knew what they needed to accomplish in the second half if they wanted to walk away with a victory. Whatever the spark was, it worked for the Firebirds, who dominated in the second half on their way to a 60-34 victory at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Fouls plague FSHS girls in 38-34 loss to SME
January 8, 2014
For stretches in the second half against Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday night, Free State High’s girls basketball team had to play without its top two scorers — freshman Madison Piper and senior Scout Wiebe — because of foul trouble. Despite losing their offensive power, and despite Wiebe’s disqualifying fifth foul with more than two minutes remaining, the Firebirds had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. By Bobby Nightengale
Freshman Madison Piper lifts Firebirds girls over Lions
December 21, 2013
Playing in her first City Showdown, Free State High girls basketball freshman Madison Piper had shown glimpses of how she might change the game for the Firebirds in a hostile environment at Lawrence High Friday night. The 5-foot-10 guard even buried a three-pointer to break a tie in the final minute of the third quarter. By Benton Smith
LHS girls look to snap four-year losing streak to FSHS
December 20, 2013
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood downplays it. So does his counterpart at Free State, Bryan Duncan An eight-game City Showdown streak — four years of winning for the Firebirds and four years of losing for the Lions — has to mean something to someone, right? “I want to win so bad,” LHS forward Kionna Coleman said, “and I really feel like we can.” By Benton Smith
Column: This year’s City Showdowns should be extra-special
December 17, 2013
A little more than a year ago, the football programs at Lawrence High and Free State treated the city every week with two of the most exciting teams in the state. This winter, expect that same kind of entertainment on the basketball court. By Benton Smith