Kickapoo’s quest for its third state title in five years started with a nice run to start the game. The Lady Chiefs scored the first 12 points en route to a xx-xx win over Lee’s Summit. In the opening burst, Lee’s Summit committed seven turnovers. Kickapoo senior Heather Ezell scored 10 of those first 12 points. The scoring slowed down for both teams in the second quarter and Kickapoo took a 32-18 lead into the locker room Ezell had 18 points at the break.
The Lady Chiefs and Tigers both added eight points apiece to the scoreboard and Kickapoo’s advantage remained at 14 points with a 40-26 lead. Danielle Adams scored the first basket of the fourth quarter with 6:47 to go. Kickapoo decided to slow down the pace. There is no shot clock in high school basketball, so head coach Stephanie Miller employed a dribbling/passing only offense and held on to the ball for three and a half minutes before Greta Wiersch was fouled and made both free throws. Kickapoo was fouled almost every time down the court the rest of the way and made their free throws. They were 25-of-31 from the charity stripe on Saturday night.
Ezell finished with 29 points and Adams had 12 for Lee’s Summit. They were the only two players in double digits. The Lady Chiefs, finished the season 30-1 and the Tigers were 26-4 .