Simpson to lead Kansas girls team
Noah Simpson will coach Cassie Lombardino one more time on the basketball court this weekend.
Simpson will coach the Kansas versus Missouri All-Star game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mid-America Nazarene University.
Lombardino will play in the game, which is one of two all-star games scheduled for Saturday. The boys game will take place after the girls game in a doubleheader that will feature some of the best basketball players from Kansas and Missouri.
Simpson will coach the girls team along with Kristin Mallory of Lawrence. Mallory led Lawrence to the Class 6A state title.
Basehor-Linwood assistant Bruce Courtney will also help coach the team.
The Kansas team has had two practices this week and coaches have implemented a little bit of offense.
"We are just going to get the kids out there and have fun, we want to win, but at the same time we want the kids to enjoy the experience," Simpson said. "I must tell you that this is the most relaxed that I have been going into a game."
Lombardino was selected to the team after a successful senior season. She averaged double digit points a game and led the team in rebounding. She signed to play at Washburn University.
She also was selected to the Kansas City Stars all-Metro team and was a major reason for Basehor-Linwood's success this season.
The honor also brings close to a successful first year for Simpson. He led the team to a Kaw Valley League championship and a berth in the state tournament.
Noah did it all in honor of his late father Buck Simpson who died at the end of the 2007 basketball season.
"I am sure he is very proud, I have tried to have a great season in his honor," he said.
Other Kaw Valley League players include Liz Baska of Tonganoxie.