With all-everything players like Syndey Kuhn and Sam Backrodt on your team, it’s easy to sit back and watch them go to work. But when the other team, your biggest rival no less, holds them to 14 points combined, someone needs to step up.
For Kapaun senior Janay Jacobs, she knew she had no choice.
“It was just kind of my night to hit the three’s,” Jacobs said. “I had to do it. This is what I need to do, and I did it. ”
Kapaun used a big second quarter from Jacobs to pull away from the Golden Eagles, and then held on in the second half for the 45-32 win, and the season sweep over Carroll.
Leading 17-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the half, Jacobs hit a three-pointer to start a 10-2 run for the Crusaders. With all ten points coming from Jacobs, she followed up her three with back-to-back jump shots, and then hit another three-pointer to finish her spurt. Over the last six minutes, the Crusaders outscored Carroll 14-4 to make the halftime score 28-14.
“Our goal for tonight was to guard their scorers, and still defend the three. They hit a lot of three’s tonight,” said Bishop Carroll head coach Taylor Stevens. “When you play a team like this that has some pretty big players on their team (Kuhn and Bachrodt), your goal is stop them, but it’s hard, because they have such good shooters as well.”
5A #4 Kapaun Mt. Carmel reeled off 12 straight wins to start the season, but was only 2-2 in the last four games. Those two losses came against stiff competition in 6A #1 Wichita South and 4A Division 1 #2 Bishop Miege. The Crusaders are currently tied for first with Wichita South, having split games this season with the Titans.
“If you’d have asked me at the beginning of the season if we’d be 15-2 right now, I’d have said you were crazy,” Kapaun head coach Marvin Estes said. “I don’t think we’re in the top echelon in 5A yet, but I do think we can be there if we do the right things now. One of those things is we have to get an offense that we’re comfortable with, and then stay with it.
Jacobs paced the Crusaders with 14 points, while Kuhn, Bachrodt & Georgia Schaefer all added seven points.
The 5A #10 Golden Eagles were led by Shelby Lopez, who finished with 12 points. Jordyn Miller added eight, and Madi Youngers ended with seven.
Kapaun moves to 15-2 (12-1 conference) while Bishop Carroll falls to 10-6 (8-4 conference).
The Crusaders are off on Tuesday, before hosting Wichita West next Friday. Bishop Carroll travels to Southeast on Tuesday.
Carroll boys 46, Kapaun 43
On paper, the Kapaun boys should have had the upper hand against rival Bishop Carroll. The problem with rivals is the paper doesn’t matter.
Bishop Carroll led by as many as ten points in the third quarter, but couldn’t put the dagger in the Crusaders. A see-saw fourth quarter ended with a last second shot, but it was the visiting Golden Eagles who left the gym with a smile on their faces, and a 46-43 victory.
Leading by three points at the half, Carroll started off the third quarter with a 7-0 run to make it a 24-14 game, and it felt like the Crusaders where on the ropes. Matt Price scored six of the seven points for Carroll during the run.
But Kapaun battled back with the help of Michael Lickteig, who scored nine of the teams 13 points in the third. His buzzer-beating jump shot made it a 29-27 Carroll lead going into the decisive fourth quarter.
Carroll scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to make it a six-point game, but once again Kapaun had something special in them to come back. Thomas O’Conner hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half. Not to be outdone, Brennon Benoit came right back and hit his own three for Carroll. Back to a six-point game.
Kapaun would have none of it. Atir Cherne hit his own three for the Crusaders and it was once again a three point game; the two teams going tit-for-tat as rivals tend to do.
Carroll continued to grind out points through free throws and layups, but Kapaun continued to hit three pointers. From the six minute mark in the fourth until 1:33 left, the crusaders scored 12 points, all on three-point baskets.
However, despite the deadly shooting from long range, Kapaun simply could not get over the hump, and Carroll maintained a one or two basket lead, and eventually won 46-43. Kapaun did get a last-second shot from behind the half-court line, but was unable to send the game to overtime.
Matt Price led the Golden Eagles (5-11, 4-9 conference) with 22 points, and Connor Evans had 12, but Carroll coach Lonnie Lolar was pleased with the entire team effort.
“It’s a great win, especially for the seniors,” Lolar said. “We needed this victory. It was just a great team victory, and I just think we had a lot of shining moments from a lot of different guys.”
The Crusaders (8-8, 5-7 conference) were led by Thomas O’Connor, who finished with 16 points and Michael Lickteig with 12.