Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Folkl, Angels Making Their Annual Visit to Final Four

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Folkl, Angels Making Their Annual Visit to Final Four

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Kristin Folkl had that championship glow on her face.

The timing was right.

It was March, in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Class 4A high school basketball playoffs. It was at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Sound familiar?

"It's exciting," Folkl said. "Every state tournament team is different. We've worked hard all year."

Like a rite of passage, St. Joseph's is going back to the Class 4A final four. For the fourth consecutive season, the Angels won their quarterfinal at UMSL's Mark Twain Building, this time hammering Hazelwood Central 62-39. St. Joseph's (27-1) - the three-time defending Class 4A champion - will open state tournament play Friday against Park Hill or Lee's Summit. Hazelwood Central finished with a 23-4 record.

Folkl, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 20 points, snared 18 rebounds, blocked five shots and handed out four assists.

Just another day at the gym, eh?

"I want to win," Folkl said, flashing her familiar smile. "I want to medal again. It'll take a team effort."

So much for a team effort with a premier player such as Folkl. A high school All-American, she's only made a monument of girls basketball in St. Louis. Yet, Folkl is hungry for a fourth state title.

"The adrenalin will be flowing in the Hearnes Center," she said.

It flowed Saturday, but not before the Central Hawks made a game of it.

"Hazelwood Central really competed hard," St. Joseph's coach Bob Hayes said. "They played extremely well. They sent all their kids to the boards, but it was tough for them to get everyone back on defense."

Uncharacteristically, St. Joseph's trio of Folkl, Mollie Peirick and Carri Walker shot 33 percent in the first half from the field (nine of 27). "Those three account for 65 percent of our offense this season," Hayes said. "In the first half, we weren't able to complete plays. I told the kids at halftime, the score doesn't reflect how we played. …

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