Kirkwood outscored Francis Howell 26-6 in the second quarter to pull away for a 66-55 win in the first Class 5 Girls semifinal at the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
Lauryn Miller scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-5 from the free throw line to lead Kirkwood, who makes their first ever appearance in the state championship final.
Kickapoo outscored Liberty 36-18 stretch over a near 20 minute stretch to grab a 12-point late into the third quarter of the second Class 5 Girls semifinal. The Chiefs turned a ten-point deficit into a lead and went on for a 55-49 win.
Jordan Wersinger led Kickapoo with 26 points. Morgan Fleming scored 16 for Liberty and Taylor Gernster had a double-double of 12 points and ten rebounds.
Kirkwood and Kickapoo will play for the Class 5 championship on Saturday at 2:40 p.m. The third place game is Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Chaminade went 15-for-19 at the free throw line in the first half as SLU High was whistled 15 times in the first half. That helped build a 13-point halftime lead and eventual 75-49 win in the first Class 5 Boys semifinal.
Chaminade finished 28-of-40 from the free throw line and shooting a blistering 63% from the field.
Jayson Tatum led Chaminade with 28 to pass Bradley Beal as the all-time scorer in school history as they beat the Jr. Bills for the third time this season.
Kickapoo shot over 57% early into the fourth quarter, handing Lee’s Summit their first loss of the season to a school from Missouri in the second Class 5 Boys semifinal as the Chiefs pulled away for an 85-81 win.
The Chiefs outscored the Tigers 19-11 in the third as Lee’s Summit cooled off hitting just 1-of-6 from three-point range in that quarter, turning a 40-39 game into a double-digit lead. Lee’s Summit made a run in the fourth quarter after Kickapoo’s lead grew to 18, but the Tigers had too little, too late.
Kickapoo and Chaminade will face each other in the Class 5 final on Saturday at 4:30. The boys third place game will tip at 12:50 on Friday.