The eighth-seeded Firebirds are scheduled to meet top-seeded Mount Notre Dame in a district semifinal on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Lakota East. The 23-0 Cougars, who’ve won the last two Division I state championships and are the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Division I statewide poll, advanced with a 69-28 win over 31st-seeded Monroe in Wednesday’s opener.
Senior guard Cadence Boyd scored seven points to lead the Hornets, who finished 3-18.
In the nightcap, sophomore guard Riley Homan scored 13 points to lead Edgewood (15-9), but the Firebirds outrebounded the Cougars, 37-21, including 16 offensive rebounds that helped Lakota West to an 11-4 advantage in second-chance points. Flores and Doerman had seven rebounds apiece, while teammate Lily Johnson pulled down six.
The 18th-seeded Cougars missed all nine of the shots they tried in the first quarter while Lakota West was opening up a 13-0 lead. Senior guard Lizzy Allen sank Edgewood’s first shot of the second quarter to get the Cougars on the scoreboard, but Flores scored all 11 of her first-half points in the second quarter as they opened up a 30-10 led before settling for a 30-11 halftime lead.
Edgewood finished the first half 4-for-20 (20 percent) from the field and actually shot better on 3-pointers – 29.4 percent (5-of-17), led by Homan’s 3-for-3 – than overall (27.9 percent, 12-of-43) in the game.
Lakota West sank just four of 19 3-point tries (21.1 percent), but shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field.
Though the finale didn’t go as he’d hoped, Fugate proclaimed himself satisfied with the Cougars’ season, which followed a 20-3 year.
“For not getting the job until three days before no contact, I think 15 wins is pretty good,” he said. “I think Riley’s the best point guard in the state. We’ll not see any more 30-point losses to GMC teams. You can write that down.”