Kassidy Ritchel’s high school basketball career has been extended, but the departing Truman senior is gearing up for college life on the hardwood.

Kassidy Ritchel’s high school basketball career has been extended, but the departing Truman senior is gearing up for college life on the hardwood.
Ritchel participated Friday at Columbia College in the opening round of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Missouri Challenge, an all-star basketball tournament that features eight regional teams comprised of the top senior boys and girls players from around the state. Now in its second year, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association-sponsored event replaced the organization’s annual all-star game held in Springfield.
Ritchel said she had eight points and a handful of rebounds in helping the Kansas City-area team defeat the Central (Missouri)-area team 69-56. The Kansas City team also features Shauna Bauml and JoLynn Glorioso of St. Mary’s, Raytown South’s Tanchelle Hollingsworth and Lee’s Summit’s Desiree Smith.
The team advanced in the single elimination tournament-style challenge and will face the Northeast-area squad Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“We played like we had played together before,” Ritchel said Friday. “We played as a team. It wasn’t just like a one-man show or anything. All of us passed it to each other and used each other. It was a lot of fun.”
Ritchel is headed to Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., where she will play basketball full-time. The two-sport standout was a four-year starter for both the Patriots’ basketball and volleyball teams. She was all-district and all-Suburban Big Six conference in basketball and all-conference, all-region and all-district in volleyball.
“I’m actually going to move up to Mid-America (June 7) and start working out,” Ritchel said. “Basketball will hit me full force a little bit. It’s a lot of fun right now.”