Day two of the Class 1A Division II state basketball tournament turned to the boys and it featured the week's first upset. Friday's semifinals are now set, and there are some familiar faces and some newcomers at the party.
Fowler 67, Cunningham 50
The Goldbugs and the Wildcats met in last season's state quarterfinals with Fowler coming out on top. Cunnigham was hoping for a different result this season, but the had no answer for Taylin Bird. The junior poured in 22 points for the Goldbugs and Ty Clark, also a junior, added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Cunningham keep Fowler within six points at the half, but they let the Goldbugs outscore them 21-14 in the third quarter. The Wildcats were lead in scoring Cody Huhman with 14 and Nicholas Huhman added 11.
Fower remains unbeaten on the season. Cunningham ends the season at 15-8.
Wallace County 72, Colony Crest 62
Lady season the Wallace County girls won the 1A DII state championship, but the Wildcat boys had never won a state tournament basketball game before Thursday. But this is a talent Wallace County group, that advanced to the 8-Man Division II sub-state championship game in the fall.
Wallace County lead by seven at the half, off the stregth of a big second quarter. The two teams played pretty close in half number two, but the Lancers had spotted the Wildcats too big a lead.
Eli Kulhman had a monster game with 27 points for Wallace County, but Colony Crest's Kyle Hammond answered also putting up 27.
The Wildcats will play Fowler in Friday's semifinal. The Lancers finish the season at 17-6.
Axtell 63, Central Christian 58
The Eagles came into the weekend as the number six seed, but that didn't stop them from racing out to a 21-11 first quarter lead on the number three seeded Cougars. Axtell built that lead to 14 at the break. But Central Christian did not roll over. They outscored the Eagles 21-15 in the forth quarter and even took the lead with less than two minutes left to play. But Axtell had just enough juice to pull off the upset.
Three Eagles got to double figures, lead by Aaron Schmelzle's 24. Cougars' Zac Kreihbel lead a group of four in double figures for Central Christain with 16.
The Cougars end the season at 19-3.
White City 48, Dighton 39
Anyone that left at halftime of the late game, was probably surprised when they saw this final score. The Huskies stormed out to a 16-7 first quarter lead, and had stretched it to 12 at the break. But the Hornets outscored White City 21-11 in the third quarter. That appeared to be all they had, as the Huskies head Dighton to just 5 forth quarter points.
Terrence Egger, Jace Beavers and Sam Morgan each had 12 to lead White City. Matthew Mulville lead Dighton with 15.
The Huskies will play Axtell in Fridays semifinal. Dighton ends the season at 16-7.