Indians falter late in 32-28 loss to Hawks
Olathe Despite only allowing Olathe East to score in three of the four quarters Friday, Shawnee Mission North's girls basketball team could not quite hold off the Hawks – falling 32-28 in its return to Sunflower League play.
The Indians held the Hawks scoreless during the second quarter on the way to a 13-6 halftime advantage, but Olathe East found its offense late to go on a 9-0 run over in the final two minutes and 51 seconds.
"They put some pressure on us, and I'll take blame for our turnovers," SM North coach Brian McIntosh said. "We could have done some things differently to attack it. It's just unfortunate. I thought we played extremely hard and to end the game like that was a little frustrating, but I take full blame for it."
Olathe East guard Katie Gleason hit a go-ahead jumper with just under a minute left to put the Hawks up 29-28, and hit a free throw with 2.2 seconds left for the game's final point.
The Indians looked prime to snap their losing streak – which hit five games on Friday – as they made it difficult for the Hawks to get the ball inside. Jade Williams, Corrie Naughton and Ashley Ross each gave up a few inches to Olathe East's Regan Schumacher, Cameron Kincaid and Emily Jasnoski down low, but the tall Hawks trio to nine combined points.
"We wanted to make sure that we fronted them because if they catch it, they're just going to turn right over us and shoot," McIntosh said. "We wanted to make sure to try to keep it out of their hands and we had back-side help. We put some pressure on their guards and made it tough for them. I thought we did a really good job of that. I don't know if they even got one high-low pass that they scored on."
While the SM North post players held down the fort defensively, Indians guards Jazmin Williams and Briana Farr sparked the team offensively. Williams scored four of her eight points in the second quarter, and Farr was the lone Indian in double figures with 10. Farr and Katlyn Hughes knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Indians' lead to 19-6 two minutes into the third quarter, but then the SM North offense went cold.
Caroline Hoppock drained a 3-pointer to cap a 17-2 Olathe East run after Hughes' 3-pointer at the 6:02 mark of the third quarter, and put the Hawks in front, 24-23. Farr answered on the next possession with a trifecta of her own, and Jazmin Williams pushed SM North's lead to five with four free throws, but those freebies accounted for the Indians' last points.
"It was good, and I thought it was good for the team, too," Farr said of her 3-pointer to put SM North back in front. "I thought we were in it and that we could come back and win it."
Although the SM North defense made life difficult for Olathe East, the Hawks did not do themselves any favors with their free-throw shooting over the first three and a half quarters. The Hawks started 0-for-10 from the line, but sank five free-throws to spark their game-ending 9-0 run.
The Indians (6-8 overall and 3-2 in the Sunflower League) will try to get back in the win column Tuesday against Free State.
Jazmin Williams 1-5 6-7 8, Jade Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Briana Farr 4-8 0-1 10, Katlyn Hughes 1-5 3-4 6, Corrie Naughton 0-0 0-0 0, Jolee Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Redick 1-2 0-0 3, Ashley Ross 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 7-22 10-14 28.
Katie Gleason 3-6 1-4 8, Caroline Hoppock 2-5 0-0 6, Sydney Wilson 3-8 4-6 9, Cameron Kincaid 0-1 2-5 2, Regan Schumacher 1-3 1-7 3, Emily Jasnoski 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 9-23 8-22 32.
SMN 8 5 8 7 – 28
OE 6 0 11 11 – 32
Three-point goals: SMN 4-11 (Farr 2, Redick, Hughes); OE 4-12 (Hoppock 2, Wilson, Gleason). Turnovers: SMN 19, OE 9. Fouled out: Jade Williams, SMN.