After a big win against defending 6A champions Wichita South at the beginning of the season, the Kapaun Mt. Carmel girls basketball team was confident they could be successful. They set many goals for the rest of the season, including winning the city-league, winning sub-state, winning at least 20 games, and winning a state championship.
“The win over South at the beginning of the year was huge,” senior Lindsey Medina said. “Not only was it the perfect way to start off our season, but we knew with that win that winning city league was possible for us.”
The Crusaders started the season strong with an undefeated record of 12-0, eventually suffering their first loss to Bishop Miege in the Newton Tournament. They only lost two more games in the regular season, all to teams that would go on to be state champions.
“We only lost three games this year, and all to the class 6A, 5A, and 4A state champions respectively,” Medina said. “That shows that we are in the top tier of 5A teams.”
After beating Andover by eight points to win sub-state, the Crusaders advanced to the state tournament. In their first game, they were able to knock out defending 5A state champions St. Thomas Aquinas.
In the semifinal game against Leavenworth, Kapaun lost 48-26. They went on to play in the 3rd place game where they defeated Great Bend 58-49, winning 3rd place in state 5A.
Although they were unable to accomplish their goal of winning state, head coach Marvin Estes is pleased with the season and views it as a success.
“I am very happy with this season,” Estes said. “[The team] had great fun working and playing together, and we built a great deal of pride and confidence in ourselves and in the program.”