Wildcat girls, boys roundball teams hope to maintain momentum
The 2003 portion of De Soto's basketball schedules have been very good to the Wildcats. Hopefully the remainder of the slate will be just as kind.
Both the boys and girls have started the campaign with 3-1 records. The fast start was expected for the girls, but for the boys an above .500 mark is uncharted territory going into the holiday break.
De Soto opened the season with a narrow 63-60 win over the Kansas City Turner boys, then hit a bump with a 64-39 thumping by intra-district rival Mill Valley.
The Wildcats then squeaked out wins over Santa Fe Trail (43-41) and Perry-Lecompton (57-48), going into the break ahead of the game.
Danny Brown has started the season the way most high school basketball fans thought he would.
The junior, who was ranked by one publication as the eight- best player in Kansas, is averaging 16 points a game.
He had a season high 22 points in the season-opening win over Turner.
Part of the reason Brown has been able to keep his production sky-high is because junior Hunter Noe's hot shooting.
Noe is averaging nearly 12 points a game thanks in part to some easy baskets on the break or by catching the opposing team's defense napping.
Josh Arnold has steadily increased his average as the season has gone on. The senior started the season with six points against Turner and has increased his production each game to score at nearly an eight-point clip.
Senior point guard Ryan Brown has been steady while scoring almost seven points a game. His job, however, isn't to score so much as it is to run the offense. Brown has been able to contribute in the scoring column when the opportunities have presented themselves.
Graham Power carries a five-points-a-game average but more importantly has been a big reason why Noe has consistently hit in double figures. When Noe is open inside -- Power has a knack of finding him with some quick, accurate passes.
Juniors Taylor Burnett (1.8) and Chris Poelt (2.7) have also contributed by doing all of the little things necessary to keep the team on the winning track.When opposing coaches plan how to stop the De Soto High School girls, they usually start by figuring what to do with one of the best basketball players in the metro area, Allie Heinen.
Turner drew that difficult task in the season-opener and was blown out as Heinen went for 30 points in a 66-30 Wildcat win. The senior, who is averaging 17 points so far this season, drilled seven-of-11 field goals and connected on seven of 10 free throws in the game.
De Soto scrapped and banged out a 39-29 win over Mill Valley before losing its first game of the year to Santa Fe Trail by a 39-35 margin.
The Wildcats dispatched Perry-Lecompton 46-26 in the last game before the holiday break.
Amy Petty, who normally chips in 11 points a game, joined Heinen as the only two players averaging double figures.
Laurie Wilson and Lisa Lambert add 5.5 and 4.8 point scoring averages, respectively. Wilson has connected for a season-high 10 points, while Lambert has poured in anywhere from two to seven points in a given game.
Freshman point guard Kira Gonzalez contributes three points a game to go along with her duties of running the offense. While Becca Davis often spells Heinen inside and is averaging nearly three points a game.
Emily Baker has scored a point a game so far this year, while Leslie Klemansky and Jackie Goleman have scored three points apiece. Clarissa Kopp has also contributed to the cause for the Wildcats this season.
The De Soto High School varsity teams will be in action again Friday at Immaculata. The girls are scheduled to take the court at 7 p.m., while the boys are scheduled to play at 8:30 p.m.