Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

Cats claim Louisburg Invitational title

Girls top Turner, Osawatomie, Spring Hill on way to crown

February 5, 2004

Four seniors on this year's De Soto girls basketball team remembered the second half thrashing that Spring Hill laid on them in the championship game of last season's Louisburg Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament.
Knowing they didn't want to experience a loss like that again, Allie Heinen, Laurie Wilson, Emily Baker and Lisa Lambert gave newcomers Leslie Klemansky and Amy Petty a quick history lesson.
"We explained just how bad we wanted to win the tournament," Lambert recalled. "We told them how good Spring Hill was last year. They understood and got just as pumped up as we were."
The quick history lesson took hold, and the Wildcats avenged last season's 62-31 loss to the then second-ranked Broncos with a 43-35 championship triumph Saturday.
The eight-point win ended Spring Hill's three-year reign as champions of the Louisburg tournament.
Had the win come against any of the other six teams in the tournament, the Wildcats would have celebrated just the same. But the fact that the win came against the Broncos made the win even sweeter.
"They were so good last year," Lambert said. "I'm glad we were able to play them and beat them in the championship. It's given us a lot of confidence."
De Soto stayed in the shadows of Spring Hill in the first half of last year's championship game and then saw the Broncos start the second half with a 10-0 run on their way to a 62-31 blasting of the Wildcats.
Wilson was more than ready to put last season's debacle behind her.
"They just took over last year," she said. "But this year, we were ready to call the title ours."
Although De Soto had trouble putting Spring Hill away early in the second half, the Cats did use a run of their own to put some distance between themselves and the Broncos.
Spring Hill extended its one-point halftime advantage to 20-16 with a short jumper by freshman Amanda Dittmer and a free throw from Lauren Sykes at the start of the second half.
The Wildcats then mixed in a one-three-one zone defense with their other mainstays, forcing six Bronco turnovers.
The game plan worked to perfection as De Soto held the Broncos to 0-for-10 shooting from the floor during the final seven-plus minutes of the third frame.
Meanwhile, Petty began a 14-0 run with a three-pointer. Lambert followed with a steal and a layup 20 seconds later, giving the Wildcats the lead for good at 21-20 with 4:28 left in the third period.
Heinen added to the lead by connecting on identical back-to-back jumpers from the left side and added a pair of free throws for a seven-point Wildcat lead.
Wilson then pushed the margin to 10 points when she stole an inbound pass at midcourt and raced in for a layup.
"We just got on a roll," Lambert said. "When one person steps up, we all do. We're all in it together."
Spring Hill started the final quarter with a seven-point run, cutting the deficit to 30-27 on Kara Erickson's two free throws.
But the Wildcats answered on Heinen's two short jumpers and a free throw, and Petty's coast-to-coast layup following one of her four defensive rebounds, as they built their lead to 37-27 with about four minutes remaining in the game.
Spring Hill cut the deficit to 37-33 after Patience Jackson buried a trey with two minutes left. But Kira Gonzalez's layup through traffic and four free throws by Petty assured De Soto of the 43-35 win.
De Soto secured its spot in the championship game with a 48-28 win over Turner in the first round Wednesday and a 50-47 victory against Osawatomie.
Petty led the way offensively for De Soto in all three games and led all scorers in the tournament with 50 points.
Heinen shared game-high honors with Petty with 16 points against Turner and Spring Hill. Petty scored a game-high 18 points against Osawatomie.
Only Mill Valley's Kendra Corley stood in the way of De Soto, securing the top two scorers in the tournament. Her 47 points edged out Heinen, who put up 41 points for the three games.

De Soto 48, Turner 28
De Soto (9-1): Amy Petty 6 1-4 16, Lisa Lambert 3 0-0 6, Allie Heinen 6 3-4 16, Becca Davis 2 2-2 6, Laurie Wilson 1 0-0 2, Jackie Goleman 1 0-0 2. Totals 19-62 6-10 48.
Turner: Tiffany Denny 2 5-6 9, Stephanie Garcia 2 1-5 6, Angel Bias 1 0-0 2, Kelly Phillips 2 0-0 5, Katie Phillips 1 0-0 2, Mallory Mall 2 0-0 4. Totals 10-32 6-11 28.
DHS 14 -- 02 -- 18 -- 14 48
THS 05 -- 12 -- 01 -- 10 28
Three-point goals: Amy Petty 3, Allie Heinen; Stephanie Garcia, Kelly Phillips.

De Soto 50,
Osawatomie 47
De Soto (10-1): Allie Heinen 3 3-4 9, Kira Gonzalez 2 3-4 7, Amy Petty 4 9-14 18, Emily Baker 1 0-0 2, Laurie Wilson 1 1-2 3, Leslie Klemansky 1 0-0 3, Becca Davis 2 1-7 5, Jackie Goleman 0 3-4 3. Totals 14-48 20-35 50.
Osawatomie: Sam Troutman 3 2-2 8, Jessica Jones 4 5-8 13, Jade Barnes 5 4-9 15, Lisa Reed 1 3-5 5, Lacey Madden 2 0-0 4, Amber Alexander 0 1-2 1, Krystal Troutman 0 1-2 1. Totals 15-38 16-28 47.
DHS 17 -- 05 -- 12 -- 16 50
OHS 09 -- 10 -- 11 -- 17 47
Three-point goals: Amy Petty, Leslie Klemansky; Jade Barnes.

De Soto 43, Spring Hill 35
De Soto (11-1): Amy Petty 5 4-7 16, Kira Gonzalez 3 0-0 6, Allie Heinen 5 6-8 16, Laurie Wilson 1 1-2 3, Lisa Lambert 1 0-0 2. Totals 15-40 11-17 43.
Spring Hill: Nancy Odrowski 1 0-2 2, Kara Erikson 3 4-5 10, Lauren Sykes 0 2-4 2, Nichole Wessel 0 2-2 2, Mallory Hammersmith 1 0-0 2, Lacey Cunningham 3 3-5 9, Rachel Meek 0 1-2 1, Amanda Dittmer 2 0-1 4, Patience Jackson 1 0-0 3. Totals 11-45 12-21 35.
DHS 09 -- 07 -- 14 -- 13 43
SH 06 -- 11 -- 03 -- 15 35
Three-point goals: Amy Petty 2; Patience Jackson.

De Soto 39, Santa Fe Trail 34
De Soto: Lisa Lambert 2 2-2 6, Amy Petty 2 0-2 4, Becca Davis 1 0-0 2, Kira Gonzalez 5 0-1 10, Allie Heinen 4 9-14 17. Totals 14 11-19 39.
Santa Fe Trail: Brooke Pryor 1 2-2 6, Tori Rutter 2 2-3 6, Alexis Pryor 1 2-4 4, Lindsay Boss 6 5-9 19, Whitney Headlee 0 1-2 1. Totals 10 12-20 34.
DHS 08 -- 02 -- 14 -- 15 39
SFT 09 -- 13 -- 06 -- 06 34
Three-point goals: Lindsay Boss 2.

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