It’s a rematch of the 2016 class five state title game between Kickapoo and Kirkwood. And the Lady Chiefs are hoping today ends the same way it did two year ago, with them hoisting the championship trophy.
While Kickapoo took it all in 2016, Kirkwood comes in as the defending state champs.
The Pioneers made a statement early, Jaidah Stewart swatting this Chiefs shot. And later Makayla Wallace hitting a 3-pointer to make it 10-4 Kirkwood.
The Chiefs scored seven first quarter points, all of them coming from the free throw line. It wasn’t until this Chloe Merced floater that Kickapoo got their first basket in the second quarter.
“They made it difficult to get a lot of clean shots off tonight. They got their hands on a lot of balls, they had 10 blocks and a lot of those where when we were going in for layups,” said Jim Pendergrass.
Still in the second, the Pioneers defense stood tall, denying several shots. Which led to this Jaidah Stewart triple.
That really go the Minnesota signee going, Stewart rattled off 3 consecutive triples in the second quarter. Kirkwood leads 26-13. Stewart finished with a game high 22 points.
The Kickapoo seniors would try and will the Chiefs back in it. As Jordan Wersinger hits from inside the paint.
Then, in the third quarter Hannah Collins gets this steal and takes it the other way for two. That makes it an 11 point game.
But the defending champs would not be denied, Jayla Everett drains this 4th quarter deep ball.
And Kirkwood repeats as the class 5 state champions winning 67-50.
“We lost, we got beat and you hold your head up high. These two have accomplished a lot. You always want to end on a win but they didn’t disappoint,” said coach Pendergrass
“Here we are still the second ranked team in Missouri. It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve created a lot of good memories. We’ve been pretty successful. It’s sad it’s coming to an end but it was definitely something to remember,” said Jordan Wersinger.