Schlagle wins first-round playoff, 65-49

Schlagle junior Kenaja Green (10) grabbed a defensive rebound Wednesday against Shawnee Heights. Green finished the game with 11 rebounds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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.

Sophomore Ishante Suttington (23) took a three-point shot from the right wing. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sophomore Camille Evans (1) concentrated on a free throw. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Senior Tatyana Ramsey (11) secured a rebound and looked to push the ball up the court. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Kenaja Green took a short jumper in the lane. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Schlagle band and auxiliary performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Freshman Tylieea Wallace (32) put back an offensive rebound with a hook shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Ishante Suttington drove the lane for a floater. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Camille Evans dribbled the ball at the top of the circle. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Shawnee Heights senior Lydia Ostenson (3) drove for a layup in the closing minutes of the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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