Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Key Pieces Get on Same Page to Help Kirkwood Thrive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Key Pieces Get on Same Page to Help Kirkwood Thrive

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The last year has been a long, yet meaningful and rewarding, trip for the Kirkwood girls basketball team for coach Monica Tritz and guard Jordan Roundtree, in particular.

A one-point loss to Cor Jesu in last season's Class 5 quarterfinals was a bitter end to a 23-win season.

It was a season that put a lot of mental strain on the team as Tritz and Roundtree, in particular, often were at odds.

"If you would have told me 365 days ago my love for her is what it is today, I might have begged to differ," Tritz said of Roundtree. "She and I have developed a very close relationship, a very special relationship. We butted heads last year because I don't think she was used to somebody in her face, somebody expecting her to be better than she was. She just got by by being great. I just wanted her to be better because I knew she could even be better than great."

Roundtree, Tritz and the Pioneers cleared the hurdle in Saturday's 58-52 overtime win over Parkway North to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Kirkwood (25-4, No. 3 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large- schools rankings) plays in a Class 5 state semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena against Francis Howell (27-3, No. 2 LS) for a spot in the state title game Saturday. …

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