Fire alarm sparks offense for Derby

DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) -- The previously unbeaten Heights Falcons gave 6A No. 1 Derby a run for its money Thursday night until the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Laniah Randle led all shooters with 27 points, and even gave Heights the brief one-point lead in the second quarter.

The Panthers were only leading by seven with 6:53 remaining in the contest, when fire alarms rang out in the Derby High School gym. Everyone was forced to evacuate, before the announcement was made that a popcorn machine caught fire and everyone was safe to return.

The alarms immediately stopped the momentum from the Falcons and swung in Derby's favor.

"We kind of just used it as a time out," Derby Head Coach Jodie Karsak said. "I said hey, let's think of this as being an overtime. It's 0-0, let's go from here and see what we have the next four minutes, and they responded well."

Derby extended its lead to 14, defeating Heights 66-52.

Senior point guard Tor'e Alford said this was the toughest competition they've faced so far and will provide a learning experience down the road.

"To have that somewhere in the middle of our season was good to keep going," she said. "It showed us what we need to work on."

The Panthers now sit 8-0 on the year.