Archie junior guard Jordan Schulte summed up the championship game against Midway of the Western Missouri Conference Tournament Dec. 1 pretty well.
“I think we played well,” she said. “We played together, we controlled the game and took it in our hands.”
It was the three-pointers that got the Lady Vikings in their 47-29 loss. Starting in the first quarter, sophomore forward Taylor Plattner hit a three-pointer, followed by a basket from senior forward Mallory Wiskur, a free throw from Plattner and a three-pointer from Schulte to give the Lady Winds a 9-0 advantage.
“I thought defensively we played pretty well except for giving up the outside shots,” Midway head coach Chad Dean said. “We knew they would try to drive to the basket and they hadn’t been shooting very well from the outside yet. We stopped the drive but didn’t get to the shooters. Our help-side defense has been really good all week. I just wish Archie would have waited one more game to find their groove outside.”
Archie led 12-6 going into the second quarter. After two back-to-back three-pointers from Midway senior forward Kathleen Yoakum to knot the score at 12-12, the rest of the quarter belonged to Archie. Schulte hit another three-pointer, Plattner sunk a three and a basket and sophomore forward Sam Ogden put in a shot to give the Lady Winds a 22-12 lead at halftime.
“Offensively we have got to establish an inside game,” Dean said. “We are trying to rely on our outside shots way too much. We are not taking bad shots, it’s just right now they are not a high-percentage shot for us and we should be pounding it inside. We shoot the ball well from the free-throw line, we just need to work harder to get ourselves there.”
Archie continued to build a lead in the third quarter to take a 33-21 advantage going into the last eight minutes of play. After two free throws from Kathleen Yoakum for the Lady Vikings, Ogden sunk a three-pointer then two free throws to make the score 38-23. Midway senior point guard Cady Wright was fouled and hit one of her free throws, but the Lady Winds followed with a three-pointer from Schulte and two more shots at the charity stripe from Ogden to lead 43-24.
The Lady Winds were led in scoring by Schulte and Ogden with 12 points apiece, followed by Plattner with 11 points. Kaily Kurzweil had six points, Wiskur had three points, Stefani Simms had two points and Leslie Iseman added one point.
The Lady Vikings were led in scoring by Kathleen Yoakum with 16 points, followed by Wright with six points. Laine Mills, Emily Aksamit and Jodi Rhodes added two points each and Kateri Yoakum had one point.
Archie, 3-0, defeated Miami 54-13 in the first round Nov. 26 and slipped past Drexel 33-30 in the semifinals Nov. 29.
“It feels really good,” Schulte said of starting off the season undefeated. “I wasn’t expecting it at first. We were the No. 1 seed and I was like, do we deserve that? But I think that we did.”
Midway, 2-1, beat Adrian 31-29 in the first round Nov. 27 and took down Rich Hill 33-29 in the semifinals Nov. 29.