by Brian Turrel
The Schlagle Lady Stallions kicked off the 2018 KSHSAA 5A playoffs with a convincing 65-49 win at home over Topeka’s Shawnee Heights.
Although Schlagle jumped to an early 6-1 lead, the first half was nearly a draw. The Thunderbirds’ defense limited the effectiveness of Schlagle’s dribble penetration, while Schlagle held Shawnee Heights sharpshooter Lydia Ostenson in check on 1-for-7 three point shooting. The half ended with Schlagle up 28-24.
In the second half, Schlagle worked through post players Kenaja Green and Tylieea Wallce to find opportunities inside and outside the arc. The Stallions’ defense forced turnovers and gave up only four made baskets in the quarter to open up the lead. Schlagle ended the third quarter ahead 15 points.
In the fourth quarter, Ostenson made a brave effort at a comeback, scoring 13 points and driving the Thunderbirds’ offense faster. However, Schlagle held the line and closed out the game with little worry.
Ishante Suttington led the Lady Stallions with 22 points, including 3-for-7 shooting from three-point range. Green scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Schlagle will play Topeka’s Highland Park at home at 6 p.m. Saturday in the substate final.