Olathe South overwhelms Hays in Classic opener

By Steve Sell
January 29, 2015
Kendall Shaw

No Kylee Kopatich, no problem for the Olathe South girls Thursday in the first round of the Mid America Classic.

Even without their potential Kansas Player of the Year candidate, out for the season with a knee injury, the Falcons looked every bit as strong as their three previous Classic championship teams with a 76-27 rout of Hays in the first game of the day.

The Falcons set the tone by making 10 of 14 shots in the first quarter to blow out to a 24-9 lead and didn’t pump the brakes in the second quarter, extending it to 44-16 at half. If that wasn't bad enough for Hays, South scored the first 20 points of the second half.

If form holds true, the Falcons will play Manhattan in what could be a sensational semifinal game Friday. The teams met last year in the Class 6A State Tournament third-place game with South winning 56-53.

For South coach Steve Ingram, there were few complaints about the opener.

"If you want to get picky, we didn't play as well defensively as I'd like to start the game," Ingram said. "But other than that, we did a lot of good things offensively. We share the ball really well and they look for each other and play hard for each other."

South, which is now 9-2 with both its losses to out-of-state teams, was led by Kala Holder with 21 points, 16 of those coming in the first half. The Falcons blistered it for 17 of 28 from the field.

Dejanae Roebuck added 12 points and Makayla Gooch chipped in with 11. South made 29 of 53 shots — a staggering 10 of 22 from 3-point — and committed just eight turnovers. 

Hays was led by Audra Schmeidler with nine points.

Olathe South (76) — Rehagen 3-7, 0-1, 7; Butaud 3-7, 0-0, 9; Gooch 4-7, 0-0, 11; Holder 9-13, 1-2, 21; Matje 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kennett 1-1, 2-2, 5; Duncan 2-4, 0-0, 4; Roebuck 5-6, 2-3, 12; Bartels 2-4, 2-2, 6; Morton 0-2, 1-2, 1. Totals — 29-53, 8-13, 76. 3-pointers — Butaud 3, Gooch 3, Holder 2, Rehagen 1, Kennett 1.

Hays (27) — Kleweno 1-6, 0-0, 2; Smith 1-6, 0-0, 2; Schlaefli 2-6, 2-2, 7; Russell 0-3, 0-0, 0; Taylor 0-1, 0-0, 0; Dinkel 1-2, 0-0, 2; Keller 1-3, 0-0, 2; Peckham 1-3, 1-4, 3; Schmeidler 4-8, 0-0, 9. Totals — 11-38, 3-6, 27. 3-pointers — Schklaefli 1, Schmeidler 1.


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