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Kapaun girls lose in Newton semifinals

It had been almost a year to the day since the Kapaun Mount Carmel girls basketball team entered the Newton mid-season tournament with title aspirations and exited with two crushing defeats.

Last year’s team never lost after that, rolling to a Class 5A championship. Most of that cast returned to Newton on Friday and were dealt a similar blow, as Kapaun suffered its first loss of the season to Olathe Northwest in a 40-37 thriller in the Newton semifinals.

Faced with nearly identical circumstances as last season, Kapaun hopes it can take away the same lessons.

“I think failure is the best teacher there is,” Kapaun coach Marvin Estes said. “If you fail to win a game, there’s a reason for it. Having your weaknesses pointed out like that, it should be a great teaching tool for us.”

In its 10 previous victories, Kapaun was able to execute its offense smoothly and produce open shots.

And for one quarter Friday, the first, the Crusaders did and built a 17-7 lead. But when Northwest’s pressure kept coming and disrupted the normally fluid offense of the Crusaders, they struggled to knock down shots.

“We got a reality check,” said Kapaun senior Hannah Lienhard, who notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. “This loss came to us at this time for a reason, so we have to bounce back because we don’t want to feel this way again.”

Neither team could develop an offensive rhythm in a game where each team shot 30 percent. The difference came at the free-throw line, where Kapaun shot 7 of 19 for the game and Northwest made 6 of 9 in the fourth quarter.

“I felt like we got away with one there because they didn’t hit their free throws,” Northwest coach Joel Branstrom said. “I’m sure they’re kicking themselves because they’re good shooters. I was very surprised they missed that many.”

The game was tied 34-34 with 1:53 remaining, but Kapaun followed with this disastrous string of events: allowed Northwest to score, turned the ball over, gave up an offensive rebound for two more points and missed two free throws.

Kapaun will play host Newton in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Saturday.

“We learned what it takes to win,” Estes said. “I think that’s what defeats do for you. You say, ‘OK, what could we have done there at the right time to make the results different?’ ”

Bishop Miege 56, Newton 41 — The Railroaders were the team ranked third in Class 5A before the game, but it was Miege that played the part in handing Newton its second loss of the season in the semifinals of their own tournament.

Sydney Vaughn scored a game-high 22 points and the Stags’ lead was never threatened after the first quarter. Miege will play Olathe Northwest in the title game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

“They’re a legitimate contender for the state title,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “We just had no answer for them off the dribble and we’ve got to figure that out.”

Newton never did recover from its poor start to the game, but did play about even with Miege in the second half. Abbie Lehman led the Railroaders with 16 points and Taylor Stahly added 10.

“I didn’t think we played with as much passion as we did in (Thursday’s win),” Jordan said. “I thought in the second half we played more passionately and we guarded harder, but that’s no excuse. We’ve got to get better.”

Andover Central 56, Goddard 24 — After losing back-to-back games to state-ranked teams, Central caught its breath against Goddard. The Jaguars (8-4) jumped out to leads of 14-1 and then 34-11 by halftime.

“Sometimes when you get down, things start to fall apart,” Central coach Stana Jefferson said. “They stepped up and played as a team. I saw some kids out there helping each other out, talking to one another. We did some good things today.”

Evan Stamp and Skyler Snodgrass combined for 29 points for the Jaguars, who play Bishop Carroll for fifth place Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Goddard (1-10) was led in scoring by freshman Jessica Gardiner with eight points, and will play Garden City at noon for seventh.

Bishop Carroll 54, Garden City 46 — Carroll fell behind 11-0 in the first three minutes of the game, only to outscore the Buffaloes by 19 the rest of the game to hand them their third loss of the season.

Kayla Demel hit three timely three-pointers and led the Eagles (7-4) with a game-high 19 points, while Shelby Lopez added 13 and Brooklyn Bockover scored 11.

“I think we needed a signature win like this,” Carroll coach Taylor Steven said. “We needed to get some momentum and I think this win can really give us that. We played like a team today.”

Olathe Northwest 40, Kapaun 37

Olathe NW 7 10 11 12 40
Kapaun 17 2 8 10 37

OLATHE NORTHWEST: Brooks 5 8-12 19, Jamison 3 2-6 9, Neal 0 0-0 0, Jackson 1 3-4 5, Crail 3 0-1 6, Shipman 0 0-0 0, Mortensen 0 1-2 1, Sullivan 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 (2) 14-25 40.

KAPAUN MOUNT CARMEL: Hagan 1 0-2 2, Bachrodt 3 0-0 7, McAuliffe 1 2-4 4, Lienhard 3 2-2 10, Kuhn 5 3-11 14, Bullock 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 (4) 7-19 37.

Bishop Miege 56, Newton 41

Newton 10 8 8 15 41
Bishop Miege 17 12 17 10 56

NEWTON: Anderson 0, Stahly 10, Langley 6, Carlgren 5, Lehman 16, Porter 4, Hiebert 0, Boston 0. Totals 15 (2) 9-12 41.

MIEGE: Woolf 6, Piggie 6, Hughes 9, Villegas 3, Vaughn 22, McFeders 0, Hair 0, Shurn 6. Totals 19 (6) 12-18 56.

A.Central 56, Goddard 24

Andover Central 18 16 12 10 56
Goddard 3 8 8 5 24

ANDOVER CENTRAL: E. Stamp 15, M. Stamp 0, Huelskamp 6, Snodgrass 14, Kretchmar 8, Binyon 1, Ferch 0, Pedersen 8, Kakoulis 2, Miles 0, Schulte 0, O’Donnell 2. Totals 23 (5) 5-9 56.

GODDARD: Clasen 5, Fuchs 0, Gardiner 8, Graf 4, Schwab 3, Roetzer 0, Beyrle 0, Rausch 2, Ortega 2, Breit 0. Totals 9 (1) 5-12 24.

Carroll 54, Garden City 46

Carroll 11 10 11 22 54
Garden City 16 9 8 13 46

BISHOP CARROLL: Oxler 2 0-0 5, Bockover 3 3-4 11, Schauf 1 0-0 2, Lopez 5 3-5 13, Demel 6 4-6 19, Youngers 0 0-0 0, Hogan 2 0-0 4, Doerneman 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 (6) 10-15 54.

GARDEN CITY: Tornero 3 0-0 8, Tempel 4 3-3 14, McClelland 3 2-2 8, McKee 0 0-0 0, Bernbeck 5 2-2 12, Padilla 1 0-0 2, Linenberger 1 0-0 2, Carrillo 0 0-0 0, Brunson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 (5) 7-7 46.

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