SM East’s football team wasn’t the only dominant sports squad in northeast Johnson County this fall.
On Wednesday, the Indian Hills Knights girls basketball teams wrapped up a nearly flawless season that earned them the first-ever Shawnee Mission middle schools basketball title.
Each Shawnee Mission middle school had two teams — an “A” team and a “B” team — made up of eighth grade girls. The district decides the league champion by combining the records of each school’s two teams. The Knights went 15-1 on the year, with the only loss coming when the Indian Hills B team fell to Westridge. The A team went undefeated on the year, and on Wednesday beat Hocker Grove 50-0 (you read that right…) to wrap up its perfect season.
A-team coach Kathy Kreamer, who has been teaching physical education at Indian Hills for 29 years, said her squad took the role of being the first team to represent Indian Hills seriously.
“They were really intrigued by the idea of being pioneers, because, as I told them, this is the first time ever in 60 years in the history of Indian Hills that we have girls basketball,” Kreamer said. “I didn’t really know if they’d really buy into it, but they did, and they wanted to not only be the first team, but to do well.”
With sharpshooters like Taylor Fort, who led the Knights with nine points Wednesday, and Maggie Scott, Jordan Yowell and Maddie Mustoe, each of whom scored eight, the team had a depth of talent that should be a boon to the high school athletics programs in the coming years.
“A lot of them have an interest in volleyball or soccer as well, so I don’t know where they’ll decide to focus in the future,” Kreamer said. “But we’re hoping they get involved in something in the high school. It’s such a good stepping stone to be able to learn what it means to play for your school.”
Indian Hills’ principal Dr. Scott Sherman said the integration of sports into the middle school this year had been a benefit to all of the students.
“The school atmosphere and climate is really positive,” Sherman said of the new sports programs. “I just think it’s a great experience for the kids.”