Girls’ season ends with loss to K.C. Sumner
The Sumner Academy girls basketball team is big, quick and strong – a triple-combo that doomed the young De Soto Wildcats.
De Soto was eliminated from postseason play Tuesday after it lost its first-round sub-state game to K.C. Sumner Academy, 73-35.
“I saw film on them and they didn’t look near as athletic as they did tonight,” coach Dwight Spencer said. “No. 22 (Chanel Maddox) didn’t even look to shoot in the film I saw, and today she looked like an all-league player. Obviously 24 (Sameia Kendall) and 25 (Kathleen Brisbane) are good, too.”
Maddox opened the game firing from all over the court, tallying 12 points in the first half to lead Sumner. She finished with 20 points and Brisbane kicked in 18.
The athletic Sabres opened the game with a solid press defense that created some De Soto turnovers. The turnovers led to transition buckets in the form of two-on-one’s and three-on-two’s, which propelled Sumner to a 33-17 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same, except Brisbane took on the scoring load for the Sabres. She scored the first six points of the half and later fueled a 9-2 Sumner run to increase the substantial lead.
Tami Crow hit a deep three to open the fourth quarter for the Wildcats to bring the score to 58-31, but Sumner responded with an explosive run-and-gun offense that left the one-step-too-slow Wildcats in its dust.
Despite facing an insurmountable deficit late in the fourth, the De Soto girls fought and scratched for every loose ball until the final whistle was blown.
“I’ll probably go down there (to the locker room) right now and Jordin (Burford) might still be fighting for the ball,” Spencer said following the loss. “Those girls don’t have any quit in them. That’s going to serve them well in athletics in the future and in life when things get tough. They’ll be able to grow from the experience and move on.”
Spencer said the team would need to be active in the off-season to ensure improvement in the 2009-2010 campaign.
“We just have to work hard,” he said. “They can’t say ‘Oh, we’re young, so we’re going to be better next year.’ They’re going to be a year older, but they’ll only get better if they get out there and work.”
The Wildcats will graduate one senior—Amber Laudick—in May, but will return four starters and the remainder of their bench.
“I thank Amber for being a great senior,” Spencer said. “She did everything I’ve ever asked her to and always worked hard. She was everything you could ask for in a senior.”