All the girls basketball team at Indian Hills Middle School knows is winning.
Since the return of middle school sports three years ago, the Knights’ A teams have gone 26-2 and have won all three city championships, including a perfect 10-0 this season.
Coach Kathy Kreamer said it was awesome to be able to accomplish the feat again. She’s extremely proud that the middle schools offer sports for the students.
The past few seasons haven’t been too kind to the Shawnee Mission East girls, but head coach Lauren Lawrence is trying to turn the program around and she’ll have three classes, next year, that come from a winning culture
“I think the momentum is shifting and I think there’s an enthusiasm for the things Lauren has done up at East,” Kreamer said. “Our numbers are up, we had 40 girls playing basketball, and it can’t do anything, but help the enthusiasm and the interest in the game of basketball.”
Kreamer said all 10 girls on the roster contributed and the focus was on having a balanced attack. She said seven to all 10 girls would score on a given night. The leading scorers weren’t always the same.
From the opening tip, the Knights attacked and it caught teams off guard. They played an eight-game season and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Indian Hills defeated Hocker Grove in the semifinals and then defeated Westridge, 32-12, in the championship.
“They were thrilled,” Kreamer said of the girls when the final buzzer sounded. “It was something we talked about. One of the things I said to the team, not knowing where we were going to go this year is for them to leave their mark. I didn’t want to put pressure on them about the years past because this is a different group.”
However, the pressure was there and Reese Althouse said the team could feel it.
“Everyone on the team, once we got into the swing of things, knew we had the talent to do it,” Althouse said.
Maise Sheets said the season was a good team bonding experience. She played with a few of the girls before, but is excited to spend more time with all the girls next year at SM East.
Abby Carter added the relationships that were built will be extremely important next year when they’re freshman.
“You need friends in your corner,” Carter said. “It will be nice to practice and hangout with them.”