This time, Schmiade and SK claim regional crown

This time, Schmiade and SK claim regional crown


This time, Schmiade and SK claim regional crown


SK freshman guard Ally Niece hits a jumper. Simon Kenton vs. Anderson County, 8th Region girls basketball final, KHSAA, March 8, 2015, Carroll County HS.

Sunday afternoon, with her basketball teammates staring down nemesis Anderson County for the Eighth Region hoops title, the SK senior made some key plays down the stretch to lift the Pioneers to a 55-44 win over the Bearcats in the regional final.

SK (27-4) advances to the KHSAA Sweet 16 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, where it will play Graves County 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12. It is Simon’s first regional title since 2009. SK had lost to Anderson in the previous two regional finals.

“It feels awesome,” Schmiade said. “I’ve been here so many times and to finally win is an amazing feeling. I’ve lost so many regional games, especially here at Carroll County and I wanted to come back and show everyone that we’re going to state. And we did it, and I’m so excited.”

Schmiade had seven points in the final. Five of them came at key moments in the second half after Anderson took a 22-18 lead into the locker room.

SK started the second half with a layup from sophomore center Madi Meier and a free throw from senior forward Maggi Bosse. With SK trailing 22-21, Schmiade went to the line and made the first of two free throws to tie the game, then after she missed the second, she crashed the board and rebounded her own miss to score a layup. Anderson came right back with a bucket to tie the game, but the Pioneers never trailed after Schmiade’s basket.

It came within a 13-2 run to start the second half, giving SK a 31-24 lead. Bosse, who had a game-high 18 points, had five points in the run and later hit a 3-pointer to put SK up eight at 34-26.

“It feels awesome,” said Bosse, who hit her second trey in as many nights and only has 10 for the season. “It’s so exciting. I was confident in my shot. I’ve been shooting more lately and I felt more comfortable out there.”

Following Bosse’s three, the Bearcats went on a 9-2 run to pull within one at 36-35 with six minutes to go in the game. Sophomore guard Kendyl Gilliam responded for the Pioneers with a three, then Schmiade forced a turnover and drove to the basket for a layup and a 41-35 advantage. SK freshman Allison Niece made a basket, then after she missed two free throws, Bosse rebounded her own miss on the second shot and put the ball back up for a layup and a 10-point lead at 45-35.

“The third quarter we said we have to go out strong and do what we do,” Schmiade said. “And I was going to go all out, and I got a steal and made a layup, and I never make layup. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Niece was named tournament most valuable player. SK’s leading scorer, she had 25 points in the semifinals and scored 14 against Anderson County. Seven of those came on free throws in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers focused on working to use their size advantage inside over the Bearcats. Niece made three field goals in the first half and notched one free throw during SK’s decisive third-quarter run.

“She makes it easy on everybody else because you have to account for her,” said SK head coach Jeff Stowers. “Schmiade looking at the basket was big for us. Our whole game plan was to get the ball inside. We’re much bigger than them.”

Schmiade, Bosse and Gilliam were also all-tourney picks.

Said Niece: “It was spread out the whole game. If we didn’t have everyone today, I don’t know what we would have done. Everybody was in the game, ready to play, and they stepped up when it was their time.”

Stowers said the Pioneers had a much better second half defensively against the perimeter-oriented Bearcats, who made nine 3-pointers in beating the Walton-Verona Bearcats in the semifinals. Anderson had three triples in the first half, but only one in the second half.

“The second half, we made them beat us off the dribble,” he said. “We weren’t going to let them beat us with the three.”

Simon Kenton (27-4): Schmiade 3 1 7, Krohman 0 1 1, Gilliam 1 2 5, Niece 3 8 14, Bosse 7 3 18, Meier 5 0 10. Totals 19 15 55.


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