Sub-state tournaments are heating up with teams two wins away from their respective state tournaments. See who’s season is over, and who will play for a sub-state championship in the Thursday Boys Basketball Catch-All.
6A Topeka (Bracket A)
Wichita East scored at will in a 78-61 win over Topeka Washburn Rural. Jalen Love had a monster game for the Blue Aces, leading all scorers with 27 points. Nathan Jackson had 14 for East and Kimron Burris chipped in 12.
The East win sets up a game with Wichita Heights who beat Junction City 87-51 on Feb. 29. East and Heights last met on Feb. 21, when East snapped Heights’ record winning streak at 62. The third and final matchup between these teams will be for a spot in the state tournament.
6A Topeka (Bracket B)
Derby took it to Wichita Southeast, outscoring the Golden Buffaloes 20-8 in the third quarter in a 69-60 win for the Panthers. Kyler Steadman had one of the performances of the night, picking up 31 points for Derby. Josiah Ray added 11 for the Panthers. Donshea Henderson and Keegan Oyugi scored 12 points each for Southeast and EJ Garnes had 10
Derby will meet host Topeka for a sub-state title after the Trojans ended Manhattan’s season with a 41-26 win.
6A Hutchinson (Bracket A)
Wichita Northwest rode the efforts of Kendrick Miller and Craig Nicholson in a 74-46 drubbing of Wichita South. Miller led the Grizzlies with 21 points with Nicholson close behind at 19. Omar Martin led the Titans in South’s final game of the season with 12 points.
Dodge City will stand in Northwest’s way after the Red Demons grinded out a low-scoring 39-30 win over rival Garden city.
6A Hutchinson (Bracket B)
Wichita North made Campus pay for going for running a stall game, taking the Colts 36-17. Conner Frankamp led all scorers, but not with his usual 34-point average. With Campus just hanging onto the ball, Frankamp was held to 10 points. But keeping the ball away from the North offense couldn’t win the game for Campus who only managed 17 points.
Maize and Hutchinson battled to the bitter end with the Eagles outlasting the Salthawks 44-41. With the close win, Maize advances to play north for a sub-state championship.
Hillsboro got a well-rounded scoring night to hold off Remington in a 48-44 win. The Trojans were led by Shaq Thiessen’s 13 points. Jesse Allen had 11 and Brett Weinbrenner was close behind with 10. Remington was led by Caleb Tanner’s 13 points with Tim Wedel adding 10. Hillsboro carried a 33-26 lead into the fourth quarter, but fought off the Remington comeback attempt.
On the other side of the bracket, Moundridge completed a fourth quarter comeback to nip Sedgwick 57-52. The Wildcats trailed 26-16 at the half, before cutting the lead to 38-37 going into the fourth. Daniel Ratzlaff led Moundridge with a 20-point night. Trey Unrau had 12 points, Cooper Wedel added 11, and Alex Otte gave the Wildcats four players in double figures with 10. Levi Vogt had 20 points for Sedgwick.
Hillsboro and Moundridge will play in the sub-state championship game.
Beloit had to fight off a huge Sacred Heart fourth quarter to edge the Knights 68-66. Sacred Heart outscored Beloit 28-18 in the final quarter, but Beloit weathered the storm to advance to the championship game. Payton Vetter led all scorers with a 26-point night for the Trojans. Austin Budke added 14 points and Zack Brummer had 13. Tony Chavez and Jacob Vandervoort scored 18 points each for the Knights with Brad Mikinski and Travis Wasinger going for 10 each.
Beloit will meet Hoisington in the championship game after the Cardinals took out Thomas More Prep 63-48
Conway Springs thumped Central Plains League Rival Garden Plain 43-26 to advance to the sub-state championship. The Owls were held to single-digit scoring totals in each of the four quarters in the low scoring game. Garden Plain held a 17-15 lead going into the locker room at the half, but the Cardinals outscored the Owls 28-9 in the second half. Dalton Murphy led Conway Springs with 11 points while Travis Echelberry chipped in 10. Paul Renyer led all scorers with 12 points for Garden Plain.
Waiting for the Cardinals in the championship game is Wichita Independent, who stepped it up in the fourth quarter to beat Douglass 55-51. After three quarters, the game was tied at 35-35, when the Panthers got the edge in the final frame. Brice Dean led Independent with 16 points. Ronnie Sobanek led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Cody Holthaus added 11 points and Chase Banister went for 10.
1A Div. I Dexter
Udall is set to face South Haven in the championship game after the Eagles beat Flinthills 66-48. South Haven is in the championship game after besting Burden Central 67-55.
1A Div. I Goessel
The championship game in Goessel is set with Pretty Prairie ending the host Bluebirds’ season in a 57-52 win. The Bulldogs will face Burrton after the Chargers outlasted White City 48-41.
1A Div. I Satanta
South Gray cruises into the championship game after trouncing Deerfield 49-22. Wyatt Slaven had the hot hand for the Rebels, leading all scorers with 15 points.
Minneola will take on South Gray for a sub-state championship after beating Hodgeman County 52-41.
1A Div. II Fowler
Healy is into the championship game after nipping Dighton 42-40. The Eagles were led by Darrick York’s 9 points.
Fowler will get Healy for the title with a 60-53 win over Moscow.
1A Div. II Otis-Bison
Victoria had four players in double-figures in a 57-25 licking of Chase. Dalton Dreiling led the Knights with 15 points with Phillip Nowak adding 12. Corey Dinkel and Dylan Braun were good for 10 points each.
Otis-Bison will have a chance to defend its home court in the championship game after thumping Stafford 65-33.
1A Div. II St. John’s of Beloit
Wilson advances to the championship game after dispatching St. John’s of Beloit 70-52. The Dragons will play Hope after the Lions dominated Hutchinson Central Christian 69-36.