JCN recap: 3A state championship slips away in final seconds

Jordan Kramer  Jacee KramerJCN freshman Jacee Kramer buries her head into the shoulder of Jordan Kramer moments after the Lady Chargers were stunned 43-41 in the class 3A girls’ championship game Saturday in Hutchinson

Stories and photos by Dennis Sharkey

Heartbreak in Hutch

With only 16 seconds left in the Class 3A Championship game JCN junior Jordan Kramer could see an open path to the basket for the winning shot. What she didn’t see was Wichita Collegiate’s Ashia Woods.

Katie Noll

Senior Katie Noll went strong to the basket for two of her 10 points in Saturday’s girls’ class 3A championship game.

After a timeout the Lady Chargers called a play for Kramer who was open and slashing to the basket for a game winning layup. But Woods, who was covering the inbound play, blazed behind the basket and blocked Kramer’s shot from behind.

“The Woods girl is probably one of the players of the year in the state for a reason,” Head Coach Steve Noll said. “I would have never guessed she’s going to cover from being on the ball to get out onto Jordan that quick. I don’t think I was the only one that didn’t think that.”

Noll said the play they called for Jordan was probably expected by Wichita Collegiate but it’s a play that has won games for his team.

“We would run it again just like we did and take our chances that (Woods) is not going to get there,” Noll said.

Woods got around Jacee Kramer but couldn’t get to the basket before Anna Kern fouled her from behind and put her at the line.

Woods sunk both shots to give Wichita Collegiate a 43-41 lead with only nine seconds left. Jordan dribbled down the court but became bottled up in the lane. She kicked the ball out to Jacee who missed a wide open three-point basket as time expired. Noll said his team got the look they wanted at the end of the game with Jacee and senior Katie Noll open behind the arc.

“When you have two of the three people that you want the ball in their hands open and one of them gets it, I would take a shot from any one of the three.”

The Lady Chargers began the game on fire jumping out to a 12-2 lead midway through the first period. However, JCN’s shooting went cold and they missed their last five shots in the period while Wichita Collegiate went on a 10-1 run to close the quarter.

“I don’t think very many times in a state championship game one team is going to rout the other,” Noll said. “We wanted to get as much as we could out of that.”

Wichita Collegiate was able to tie the game three different times but the Lady Chargers led 23-20 at the half.

The Lady Chargers’ scoring troubles continued into the third quarter and Wichita Collegiate took a one-point lead with a minute left in the third period. It was the first time they led in the game.

The Lady Chargers briefly reclaimed the lead at the start of the fourth quarter but Wichita Collegiate regained the lead.

With 47 seconds left in the game and leading 41-38, Woods went to the line for a one-and-one situation. The Lady Chargers got a break when Woods missed the front end and JCN was able to corral the rebound.

With 39 seconds left Jordan Kramer drove to the basket, hit the shot and was fouled. Kramer’s bonus shot tied the game at 41 each.

Seconds later Wichita Collegiate was called for a travel and JCN had the ball with a chance to win but after the timeout Woods made the play of the game.

The Lady Chargers shot only 33 percent from the field including only two of 12 from three-point range.

Jordan Kramer led the team with 13 points followed by Katie Noll with 10 points and Jacee Kramer with nine points.

Woods led all scorers with 17 points for Wichita Collegiate.

The Lady Chargers finished the season at 25-1.

Lady Chargers run through defending champs en route to title game

After getting an easy first round win in the Class 3A state tournament over Fredonia 59-37, the Lady Chargers got past defending state champion Thomas More Prep-Hays.The Lady Chargers found themselves in the unusual position of playing from behind for the entire first half.

JCN fell behind early 5-2 but battled back to tie the game at seven points each. However, TMP went on a 7-0 run midway through the first period that ended when Katie Noll scored a basket with 13 seconds left in the period and JCN trailed 14-9.

JCN Champs

Members of the JCN 1985 and 1987 state championship teams were honored along with other championship teams before Saturday’s girls’ class 3A championship game.

TMP stretched to their biggest lead 18-10 with 6:26 left in the second period. JCN got the score back to within three points but TMP scored on their last possession of the half to lead 24-19.

Head Coach Steve Noll said after the game that his team wasn’t playing aggressively in the first half and the half time message was “go on the attack.”

“We didn’t feel like we were attacking and we thought we needed to be the attackers to them,” Noll said. “I told them ‘If we’re going to lose, let’s lose going down playing the way we want to play and not hesitant.”

The Lady Chargers were able to turn it around in the second half by switching to a half-court trap defense that threw TMP’s offense out of sync and allowed JCN to get out on the fast break.

TMP got the first bucket of the second half to stretch the lead to seven points but the Lady Chargers went on a run and took the lead for the first time in the game at 27-26 with 2:57 left in the third period.

Jordan Kramer hit a buzzer beater to close out the third period and a 16-3 run by JCN to lead 35-29 heading to the fourth period.

“We didn’t always get the turnovers but we got them to play more at our speed,” Noll said about his team’s defensive change up. “That was a big turning point for us.”

Jordan Kramer finished with a game high 23 points followed by Jacee Kramer with 17 points. Freshman Jamie Navinskey had 13 rebounds including eight offensive rebounds.

Versus Fredonia Jordan Kramer had 19 points for the Lady Chargers followed by Katie Noll with 13 points and Jacee Kramer with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Kramer leads lists of stats leaders

Jefferson County North junior Jordan Kramer not only led the Lady Chargers to the title game but she led the tournament in scoring.

Kramer led all scorers with 55 points. Thomas More Prep’s Rachel Jacobs came in second with 51 points and Wichita Collegiate’s Ashia Woods had 44 points. Kramer averaged 18.3 points per game.

Kramer also led the tournament with five three-point baskets. She was second in number of field goals with 18 and second in steals with 10.

Freshman Jacee Kramer was fifth in scoring with 36 points and was first in free throws made with 16. She was second in defensive rebounds with 17. She was also second in assists with 12 and tied for third in steals with nine.

Freshman Jamie Navinskey led the tournament with a perfect freethrow percentage, total rebounds with 28 and offensive rebounds with 14.

Senior Katie Noll was sixth in scoring with 27 points.

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