A game cannot be won in the first quarter, but Hickman came close.
Hickman beat Lee's Summit 53-28 in the Class 5 semifinals in Hearnes Center on Friday.
The game was never close. Hickman (30-1) started the game on an 18-0 run that put Lee's Summit (23-6) in a hole from which it could not climb out.
Hickman Coach Tonya Mirts said that the fast start was the key for her team.
"We were in attack-mode right from the start," she said. "I thought we got some good looks right away and I think it set a tone for the game."
Jodi Bolerjack, who set the tone early in Hickman's win against Springfield-Kickapoo in the quarterfinals, said that this start had the same effect.
"We came in ready to play and that's what started things for us," she said.
Amy Bolerjack, a senior guard for the Kewpies, started the run with a 3-pointer with 7:16 left in the first quarter. Lee's Summit's Megan Nyquist tried to answer with a 3-pointer, but missed. The pattern of the Kewpies scoring and the Tigers missing continued for almost all of the first quarter.
Kaela Rorvig, a Hickman senior guard, made two baskets off of in-bounds plays during the run. On both occasions she caught the ball unguarded in the center of the lane and finished with an easy basket.
Amy Bolerjack scored eight points in the run, along with four from Rorvig, four from Jodi Bolerjack, and two from Lauren Harris.
The Tigers did not score until Jenny Brown made a lay-up with 41 seconds left in the quarter.
Lee's Summit Coach Brian Bubalo said that there was nothing his team could do to stop Hickman in the first quarter.
"We were prepared," he said. "We knew what they wanted to do, they just went ahead and did it anyway. They're a good team."
Hickman slowed down offensively, but was able to seal the win with its tough defense. Lauren Harris was instrumental in the effort with seven blocks.
Lee's Summit guard Toni Picerno expressed her frustration with Harris ability to stop the Tigers.
"That girl has very long arms," Picerno said. "She's good. We had to adjust a little bit, and we didn't adjust that great."
Hickman will face St. Joseph's Academy (25-4) in the Class 5 state championship game tonight at 6:30 at Hearnes Center.