Sam Bachrodt finished her high school basketball career in style by making a game-winning shot against St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre, lifting Kapaun Mount Carmel to a 44-43 victory and a third-place finish at the 5A tournament.
The shot came with 15 seconds remaining in overtime.
“It’s pretty great,” Bachrodt said. “You can’t really end better than that.”
As the Crusaders brought the ball up for the final shot, a debate raged on the Kapaun sideline. Assistants screamed for coach Billy Graf to call a timeout and draw up a play. Graf shook his head, trusting Bachrodt to create something on her own.
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“We have the best player in the state,” Graf said. “We need one make. Why (call timeout)? Four down for Sam. She is going to make something happen. She always does.”
Bachrodt ended up driving right and sinking a running shot off the backboard. She then stole a pass at midcourt to clinch the game. She finished with 18 points, totaling 78 points during her three-day run.
Her effort against St. Thomas Aquinas was her least efficient, as she made 8 of 24 shots. But it was enough to claim a trophy.
“I was missing a lot today,” she said. “It was an off day. I knew I had to drive. I knew I had to get to the goal. It was just a great feeling.”
Kapaun finished the year at 20-5. Graf said he was proud of his team, especially its senior class.
“The only thing that could have made this better,” Graf said, “was if it was the first-place game.”
Leavenworth 52, BV Southwest 30 – Leavenworth won its second straight 5A girls championship by routing Blue Valley Southwest. The Pioneers (23-2) cruised to victory behind 14 points from LaToshia Jones and eight points from Terrion Moore. Leavenworth led 21-19 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half behind strong defense.