AVOCA — Treynor’s “Double K” duo of Konnor Sudmann and Kayla Chapman want one more chance a state title, and were a huge part of accomplishing one key task to make that happen Monday.
Sudmann and Chapman combined for 46 points as the third-ranked Cardinals (23-1) led nearly wire-to-wire in a 75-48 Class 2-A, Region 8 final win over Woodbury Central at AHSTW gymnasium. Treynor is headed to its third straight state tournament and 16th overall.
The Cardinals nearly took down Western Christian in a classic title game in 2017 and dropped a tight semifinal game last year to Grundy Center. Treynor will play North Linn at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, February 27.
“Ever since sophomore year, when we were so close, we want to make some noise up there,” Sudmann said.
Treynor coach Joe Chapman said his senior stars are a pair of outstanding competitors and they showed it each time they take the floor.
“They approach the game differently,” coach Chapman said. “Woodbury Central is a good basketball team but we came out focused and ready to play.”
Kayla Chapman came out firing, scoring 10 of her 17 points in the first quarter to lead a 10-0 Cardinal run and a 17-6 lead after one. Treynor also forced seven of 31 Wildcat turnovers with its suffocating pressure in the opening period.
“Chapman is really good at the top of that press,” Wildcat coach Matthew Jenness said. “She has really active hands and I thought they got to us, especially early, which made it tough to come back.”
The Cardinals made the Wildcats (19-5) battle to just get the ball up the floor, let alone get good shots at the rim and coach Chapman said that is the way he wants his team to play.
“We wanted to keep them out of the half court,” coach Chapman said. “Kayla allows us to do a lot of things with our second row of defenders.”
Chapman did miss a good portion of the second stanza, however, as she picked up her second foul with five minutes left in the half. Sudmann took her turn shouldering the scoring load, scoring nine points in the final four minutes of the half.
Sudmann continued her hot streak, as she opened the third period with back-to-back conventional three-point plays. Sudmann finished the third with 16 of her 29 points on the evening, which tied her career-high. She also passed future Briar Cliff and former Treynor teammate Madelyn Deitchler as the all-time career scoring leader at Treynor.
“I was feeling it a little extra tonight,” Sudmann said. “The team was sharing the ball so well.”
Woodbury Central did pull within 13 a pair of times in the final quarter but Treynor was able to come up with points when it needed to, along with hitting 32 of 36 free throws in the game.
“With this being our senior year, our goal was to end our season at state,” Kayla Chapman said. “We want to win the championship and we know how good we are, but if we don’t, it is great to make it there.”
Sudmann did go down hard early in the fourth quarter but walked off under her own power and checked right back in the game. She did take the time to share some laughs with her teammates, though, while on the playing floor despite the pressure of a regional final.
“I just got the wind knocked out of me and I needed a second to catch my breath,” Sudmann said. “They said, ‘okay, take your time.’”
Woodbury Central (19-5).....6 13 16 13 – 48
Treynor (23-1)..........17 15 18 25 – 75
W: Lindsie Graff 3, Sally Gallagher 19, Sidney Steffen 10, Maddie Paulsen 4, Autumn Weaver 3, Camrin Baird 9.
T: Tori Castle 8, Noel James 2, Mandy Stogdill 7, Konnor Sudmann 29, Sydney Carman 2, Kayla Chapman 17, Sydni Huisman 10.
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