|Malik Cushon (Schlagle)
by David Brox, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure not many notice that I don’t typically write recaps after losses of one of my teams often. Especially at the end of the season because I see little point breaking down a loss at the end of a season. The finality of a substate or state tournament loss is difficult for everyone. Saturday night the Schlagle Stallions played for the 5A state championship against Shawnee Heights. Heights coached by an old friend of SHUKC Steve Wallace had a great run of their own in this tournament and were able to claim the crown 66-49 behind 21 points and 7 rebounds from Trey Brown.
The Stallions had a very good start in the first quarter running out 10-3. A huge contrast to their game against Witchita Heights. This Shawnee Heights team however had a quick answer behind the shooting of Brown. They closed out the first quarter on a 11-1 run and set the pace and standard for how this game would be played.
Through out the tournament Schlagle showed strong ability keeping their opponents at bay. Malik Cushon had 6 points and 8 rebounds in the first half to continue his powerful performance on Friday. Ronnell Mitchell was as aggressive as I have seen him finishing the half with 8 points an assist. The problem for the Stallions was they simply couldn’t get enough shots to go down. They finished the first half 6-29 from the floor. Brown who has 12 of his 21 in the first half had effectively dug the Stallions a deep hole at 32-19.
|Ronnell Mitchell (Schlagle)|
Schlagle would need a run if they wanted to get back into this game and they responded to start the quarter. Sophomore D’Monte Gaw who was scoreless at the half picked up the pace and finished the game with 9 points. Junior Tyon Grant-Foster was also scoreless in the first half, finished the game with 9 points as well. Despite the strong push from the Stallions it was Brown again who made 2 threes and his team mate Jesse Moss who added 2 more in the second half. Heights closed out the quarter maintaining their half time lead 47-34.
The Stallions who were again without senior Dominique Saunders played hard to the final whistle in the fourth but were unable to mount a comeback and the game ended 66-49. As the final horn sounded and the reality settled in I could see Coach Prentes Potts telling his young players to watch Heights celebrate. Potts who provided a jolt to the Schlagle boys team was already thinking ahead to next season.
For this moment however I want to tip my hat to the Schlagle Stallions on a fine season. If losing in the state final is the worst thing that ever happens to any of you then you will live a good life. The city who showed up in great numbers I am sure are proud as well. With a core of Ronnell Mitchell, D’Monte Gaw and Tyon Grant-Foster and a lot of hard work this summer there is a good chance you can get back here again next year.
Plan to attend our SHUKC All Star game April 14th. I will be working to firm up the location but come send off seniors Tama Johnson and Dominique Saunders as they team up with Demarco Smith of Washington to take on the KVL. It should be a fun night and a dunk contest that I am looking forward to. More details to come.