UPDATE — Girls fall to Metro, will play for third
Gary Spaini is best known for his skills on the football field, where he was a star for Kansas State and the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Friday he showed the De Soto girls team his athletic prowess extended beyond the chalked sidelines. He had so much in fact, that he passed it on to his children.
Metro Academy, led by a trio of Spani stars, handed De Soto its first loss of the season, knocking the Cats into Saturday's third place game, 36-28.
That doesn't mean De Soto was unhappy with its performance, however.
In an effort to slow the Spani sisters, the Cats played slower than they typically do, and for much of the game, it seemed to work.
Shalia Spani finished with a game-high 27 points, but Taher Spani and Tanis Spani only combined for nine more.
After that, no Mavrick scored.
De Soto trailed much of the first half and was down 9-4 after one quarter. Jackie Goleman, who led the Wildcats with 14, was the primary offense, and in the second quarter, she gave De Soto it's only lead.
Down 14-6 and one point, Goleman scored once. Kayla Bader added two buckets and Kira Gonzalez dropped one in before Goleman scored and was fouled. She sank the free throw to give the Cats a one-point 15-14 lead.
Metro answered back, however and took a 18-15 lead to the break.
De Soto hung close through much of the third and fourth quarters, and had chances to really make a game of it early in the fourth.
Metro led by as many as 11, but turned the ball over on six of its first eight possession in the final period. De Soto closed to within six, but the Spanis drilled five free throws on the stretch to seal the game.
De Soto will play Saturday in the third place game of the Central Heights tournament.