The lady Blazers basketball team pushed number one seed Olathe South to the brink before bowing 54-53 in a 6A sub-state championship game at Olathe South last Friday night.
South, 19-1, jumped to a 19-9 first quarter lead and went up 29-20 by halftime.
Back came the Blazers with 12 third quarter points to pull within 44-32. The Blazers tacked on 21 fourth quarter points, but could not overcome the deficit.
“I’m so proud of how our team played,” said Coach KC Hilgenkamp. Olathe South is a good basketball team and will represent our sub-state well at State.”
South senior Kala Holder sank two clutch free throws with seven seconds left for a 54-50 lead.
The Blazers Kynli Nelson hit a three-pointer from the right with one second left, but GEHS was out of timeouts and the clock ran out.
Nelson was the leading scorer for GEHS with 13 points. Washington added 10, while Angeliece Tucker and Taylor Carpenter had eight. Kelsey Leffert and Cassidy Androff had seven points.
GEHS ends the season at 11-11, but gave South, the Sunflower league co-champions a real scare.
The Blazers will lose seniors Lindsey Plank and Angeliece Tucker to graduation, but return juniors Kailey Burger, Kelsey Leffert, and Cassidy Androff. The Blazers also return sophomores Taylor Carpenter, Kynli Nelson, and Skyler Washington and three freshman, Jaden Sprague, Gabrielle Shultz and Kennedy Cornstock.
South, 20-1, will make its 12th consecutive appearance at State.