NCKS News
07.08.2019 - [NCKS]

The Waconda Lakers a summer high school basketball team won the Wichita Summer Shootout. The team has players from Beloit (Sydney Barrett, Kalista Hubert), Thunder Ridge (Layne Pettijohn, Jaden Boden), Wilson (Kaleigh & Macy Hanzlick), McKenzie Shippy from Herington, and Allie Cassel from Blue Valley.  Coach Todd Clover also notched his 500th victory with the Lakers.

(Photo courtesy of Steph Barrett)

In pool play the Lakers won 51-46 over a team from schools in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Sydney Barrett led with 19 points. The second game was 42-45 loss to a team from Wichita Sydney led with 12 points and Allie Cassel added 10. The last game of pool play vs a team from Wichita resulted in a 44-35 win with Sydney leading with 15 points and Layne Pettijohn scoring 8.
 
On Sunday the Lakers met the Western Kansas Elite (players from western Kansas) who won their pool, in the semi-finals. The best defensive performance of the summer keyed the 32 to 15 victory. Kalista Hubert and Sydney each had 9 points.

The championship game was against the Dream Team (recruit from state of KS). The Lakers were down 16-4 early but fought back to 17-20 deficit at half. Big 3's by Sydney (12 points) and Kaleigh Hanzlick (8 points) late in the game fueled a comeback. On the last possession McKenzie Shippy penetrated and dished to Jaden Boden for the game winner with a few seconds left in the game and the 42-39 Lakers victory.