Goddard exits tournament early after historic season

EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) -- The state tournament ended early for the two-seed Goddard Lions, after seven-seed Blue Valley Southwest upset them 36-34 Wednesday night.

The game came down to one final inbound play, where the Lions were unable to convert the called play. Junior Kade Hackerott said she had the ball in her hands as called, but couldn't get an open look. Her three-point attempt was blocked at the line and the Timberwolves celebrated a quarterfinal upset.

"It was a little rushed, maybe not taking the right shot," she said. "I think we had the right intent but maybe not at the right time."

Kade said despite the loss, she was thrilled with her team's overall success this season, a historic 20-win season for the Goddard program.

"We were disappointed, but finishing the year 22-3 is a great year," she said. "I'm just ready for next year! Ready to get back here again."

Her father, coach Kevin Hackerott, said he's proud of his team's performance and won't let this loss define the overall season.

"We talked about it coming into the playoffs that one game won't define your season," Coach Hackerott said. "What these girls did, most wins in school history since the split happened, a 20-win season in high school is fantastic. I don't think anyone expected us to do that."

Blue Valley Southwest moves on to play the winner of Heights and Schlagle in the semifinals Friday.