The championship rounds are set with one more day of basketball left in the girls tournament week. How do the brackets shape up? See how your team got to the medal round, and check out some boys action as well in the Friday Basketball Catch-All.
El Dorado Tournament
Wichita area schools were skunked in the semifinals, with Gardner-Edgerton beating Circle 45-38, and Mill Valley beating Wichita East 48-47. Relina Johnson had a huge 20-point night for the Blue Aces, but the Jaguars spread the points around for a 1-point edge. Mill Valley will face Gardner-Edgerton in the championship game after the Blazers rode a 21-point game from Dani Plank to victory against Circle.
Circle and Wichita East will meet in the third place game.
Host El Dorado beat rival Augusta 41-38 to advance to the fifth place game. The Wildcats will get Wichita Collegiate after the Spartans nipped Wichita West 49-44. Hannah Helferich led El Dorado past Augusta with 16 points, whith Andrea Valadez chipping in 10 points. Jerica Skar led Collegiate with 21 points with Alex Payne scoring 14 and Keli Dunn adding 12. Aujanae McCoy had 16 points for West and Jamisha Bonner had 15.
Augusta and West will play for seventh place.
Lyons took the top spot of the Ell-Saline tournament with a 37-29 win over Ell-Saline. Alexis Lasater and Brenna McClure both scored 14 points for the Lions. Darriane Wikoff had 11 points for the Cardinals who came up short.
Topeka Seaman earned a trip to the championship game with a heart-stopping 46-44 win over Blue Valley. Tatyana Legette led the Vikings with 18 points. Up next for Seaman with a championship on the line is Leavenworth after the Pioneers beat host Emporia 52-45
Blue Valley and Emporia will meet in the third place game.
Hutchinson knew what it was in for with Goddard Eisenhower after the Tigers picked up the program’s first ever win at the Salthawks’ expense in the second game of the year. But in the consolation semifinal, Hutch picked up a little revenge with a 52-49 win over Goddard Eisenhower in overtime.
The Salthawks advance to the fifth place game with the win, where they will face league foe Derby. The Lady Panthers had big nights from Alyxis Bowens and Madi Greenwood in a 55-38 win over Lawrence. Bowens finished with 17 points and Greenwood had 14.
Lawrence and Goddard Eisenhower will face off in the seventh place game.
In Haven, the first semifinal game came down to the wire with Buhler earning a narrow 49-48 win over Moundridge in an evenly matched contest.
Haven is invited to its own championship party after a 49-35 win over Conway Springs in the semifinals. Hailey Davis scored 18 points for the Wildcats and Samantha Stallbaumer had 14.
Buhler and Haven will play for the title, while Moundridge and Conway Springs will play for third.
Blowouts prevailed in the consolation semifinals with Cheney beating Nickerson 59-33 and Kingman had a more tightly contested 40-27 win over Halstead. Taylor Denney led Cheney with 17 points against Nickerson. The Cardinals and Eagles will play for fifth, while Nickerson and Halstead are in the seventh place game.
In McPherson, it was the Northeast portion of the state ruling the night with Manhattan and Olathe South advancing to the championship game.
Manhattan erased an 18-10 hole after the first quarter to beat Andale 49-41. Andale’s Brittany Meyer led all scorers with 17 points, while the Indians spread the scoring around. Darby Price and Caroline Ballard both had double-doubles for Manhattan with Ballard’s 13 points and 10 rebounds and Price’s 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Two of the best girls players in the state got after it, with Olathe South’s Kylee Kopatich winning the day in a 43-35 win over McPherson. Kopatich carried the Falcons with 26 points. McPherson’s Katelyn Loecker had a solid night as well, with 17 points for the Bullpups who came up a little short.
McPherson and Andale will play for third.
Valley Center rode the efforts of Madison Wedekind and Meagan Williams to beat Wichita Southeast 66-37 in the consolation semifinals. Williams finished with a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Wedekind scored 22 points. Cheyenne Bullock lead the Golden Buffaloes with 18 points.
Valley Center will face Hays in the fifth place game after the Indians vanquished WAC rival Dodge City 58-52. Katelyn Shumacher led Hays with 21 points, Janae Gagnon had 11, and Taylor Herman picked up 10. Chandra Sain had 25 points for Dodge and Katrina Roenfeldt added 14.
Southeast and Dodge City will play for seventh place.
Like the Manhattan tournament, Northeast Kansas shined in the Newton Tournament with Bishop Miege and Olathe Northwest earning spots in the championship game. Olathe Northwest outlasted Kapaun Mt. Carmel 40 to 37, and Bishop Miege spoiled Newton’s bid for a title with a 56-41 win over the Railers.
Newton and Kapaun will meet in the third place game.
Andover Central had no trouble with Goddard in the Consolation semifinals, beating the Lions 56-24. Bishop Carroll bounced back from a first-round loss with a 54-46 win over Garden City. Central and Carroll will play for fifth while Goddard and Garden City will battle for seventh.
One of the most intriguing tournament matchups will pit 6A No. 2 Wichita South against 1A Div. I No. 3 St. John-Hudson in a pound-for-pound championship clash. St. John makes it to the finals after beating 6A Wichita North, and 4A Maize South 43-30 in the semifinals. Morgan Osborne scored 20 points against Maize South and Jamie Waters had 11. Osborne has scored a total of 41 points in two games against schools which combined, have an enrollment of 2720 more students than the Tigers.
Shawnee Heights Tournament
There will be a clash at the top of 6A at Shawnee Heights when Maize and Wichita Heights meet in the championship game. No. 3 Maize beat Topeka 55-41 to get to the title game and will get No. 6 Wichita Heights after the Falcons beat Great Bend 57-30.
SPIAA League Tournament
Minneola romped Ingalls 53-36. Brandy Shumate led all players with 14 points for Minneola. No player for Ingalls scored in the double digits. South Central did just enough in its 50-41 win over Hodgeman County. Six South Gray players scored and the Rebels needed every point in a 47-46 win over Ashland. Fowler's Jett Reese dropped 19 points on the Mavericks of Kiowa County as the Goldbugs came away with a 54-33 win.
Valley Center's Blake Crager led his team and everyone on the floor with 19 points as the Hornets beat Newton 57-44. Valley Center's Braden Tormey scored 13 points. Andover thrashed Salina Central 61-32. The Trojans opened the game with a 19-4 first quarter lead. Andover's Brady Carter led all players with 15 points.
Andale continued its winning streak against Buhler 63-42. The Indians haven't lost since the first game of the season. Goddard Eisenhower stomped Campus 65-49. Clearwater scored just enough to take down Mulvane 54-50.
Pratt fell to Macksville 57-48. Smoky Valley squeaked past Clay Center 35-33.
Dodge City flew by rival Hays 51-37.
Abilene's Harms scored 24 points in a 62-54 victory over Concordia.
Phillipsburg's Tad Thompson led all players with 26 points and counterpart Sean Newlan added 20 in an 84-62 victory over Smith Center. Plainville came away with a 52-49 win over Ellis.
The Red Raiders of Wamego dropped Sabetha 49-37. Moundridge doubled up on Goessel 70-35. Council Grove came from behind in the second half to take down Marion 54-49.