Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew and Kapaun Mount Carmel’s Sydney Kuhn led their teams in scoring and rebounding Saturday night, and both had stretches of dominance.
And each player needed help.
Kuhn and the Crusaders got more of it, finding clutch points from reserves and role players in a 50-42 win in a Class 5A girls sub-state championship. Kapaun advances to the 5A tournament this week in Topeka.
Kuhn scored 22 points and had nine rebounds and stabilized Kapaun during a more difficult first half. But the Crusaders were at their best when contributions came from others, such as Anna Born and Georgia Schaefer.
Kapaun was also supplemented by 12 points and eight rebounds from its other star, Sam Bachrodt.
“Our kids that came in off the bench just played stellar ball,” Kapaun coach Marvin Estes said. “They did exactly what we asked them to do out there tonight. Our bench contributed a lot to this game. Probably won the game.”
Kapaun had no answer for Agnew in the first half, when the Trojans junior scored 18 points by creating her own shot or by taking them from the perimeter, where she made both of her three-point attempts before halftime.
After trailing 26-20 at the half, Kapaun surged in the third by holding Agnew scoreless on two shots by assigning multiple defenders to her. Agnew scored six in the fourth to finish with 24 points but didn’t get enough support.
“She had a great (first) half,” Andover coach Max Hamblin said. “We were running stuff for her (in the third quarter), she just didn’t get any points. But she’s a player.”
While Agnew was leading the Trojans, Kapaun capitalized on a size advantage by circulating nearly every possession through the 6-foot-1 Kuhn.
That was effective for a spell as Kuhn scored 13 points in the first half, but the Crusaders proved most efficient later by allowing Kuhn’s scoring to come within the natural flow of the offense while letting others do the same.
Schaefer scored seven points in the third quarter and Born tallied five in the fourth as Kapaun overcame foul-outs by starters Grace Hagan and Janay Jacobs.
No Andover player other than Agnew scored more than six.
“Everyone our team can shoot and everyone can drive,” Kuhn said. “I think that’s what makes us such a good team.”