Wyandotte’s supporting cast helped pave the way for the Lady Bears to win the Girls’ Gold championship at the Northeastern A&M High School Basketball Tournament Saturday.
Kayla Oleman, a 6-0 senior forward, was limited to eight points, but Kristen Enyart pumped in four 3-point goals while Kirsten Leppla and Alex Lyons hit one apiece to help the Lady Bears claim a 38-33 victory over Miami at the NEO Fieldhouse.
“They were sinking on her (Oleman) but we had some girls hit some big shots,” Wyandotte coach Kara Kinney said.
The title was the first for the Lady Bears since 1996 and was just the school’s fourth overall.
The others came back-to-back in 1984 and ‘85.
“The girls worked hard,” Kinney said. “I know the last three days have been tough and I know they are tired, but they played hard all three days.”
Miami was one of the Cinderella’s of the tournament, winning just once before posting victories against Chetopa, Kan., and the Roland JV.
The Lady Wardogs were also seeking their first NEO championship since ‘96.
“Hopefully we’ll take something from this and learn from it,” Miami coach Brian Busby said.
Enyart finished with 12 points for the Lady Bears. Leppla added seven.
Freshman Ashlynn Waltz paced the Miami scoring with 18 points. She got eight of that in the fourth quarter, when the Lady Wardogs made things interesting.
Wyandotte led 33-22 with 4:30 remaining when Oleman scored from inside. She had a chance to make it a three-point play, but missed the free throw.
Waltz then ran off three straight buckets from in the paint for Miami, then Haiden Rowland scored to prune the deficit down to three with 2:23 remaining.
Free throws by Felicia Stone and Ashlee Waybright pushed the lead back to 37-30.
Miami’s final points came on a shot by Waltz with 53.8 seconds left.
The Lady Bears had a chance to pull away, but converted on just one of six free throw chances down the stretch.
Miami led 11-6 after the first quarter but WHS tied the score at 11 on a shot from inside by Oleman and a trey by Lyons.
The Lady Wardogs wrestled the lead away and was up 17-15 before Wyandotte closed out the half with a 9-0 run. A trey by Enyart with 2.8 ticks left gave the Lady Bears a 24-17 halftime advantage.
Wyandotte held a 7-3 edge in the third quarter.
“Miami played us really hard,” Kinney said. “They came out and they were ready to go. We’ve been trying to push the ball the last couple of games. They knew that and I think they stopped us a little.”