Redemption, state-title run on mind of Heights girls’ basketball team

Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 10:44 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch It Kansas) - For most of last season, Heights girls basketball was the favorite to win the 6A title, but Olathe East upset the Falcons in the quarterfinals, ending Heights’ year at 21-2.

This season, with two Division I prospects in the starting five and star junior guard Zyanna Walker, who has more than 20 Division I offers, returning from a torn ACL in January, the Falcons are hungry for redemption.

“We definitely fell short, but I think we didn’t fight as hard as we could,” said junior guard Cayanna Stanley.

Heights is off to a 2-0 start with commanding wins over Kapaun and Northwest. Stanley opened the season dropping 24 points on the Crusaders, half coming from the three, which she credits to the work she put in on her shot this summer.

“One of my biggest advantages is my shot, so I worked on getting it more accurate, more consistent, making sure I can knock it down when I am wide open, off the dribble and off the man,” she said.

Senior guard Laniah Randle, also a Division I prospect, dropped 23 points to start the season.

“I improved a lot over the summer, working out every day,” Randle said. “Coming to practice every day made me more confident in my game and better.”

Both said they knew they would have to step up this season with Walker still recovering from an ACL tear the first few weeks of the season.

Walker said she’s confident in her recovery process.

“I’ve been getting better every day, just trying to have a positive mindset,” she said. “I’m very excited to be back, I’m looking forward to it just to prove myself and win state, that’s the goal.”

Heights will face North Thursday at home.

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