In Salina, the championship girls game will see Bishop Miege and Wamego, while the boys bracket has McPherson and Hayden going head-to-head.
McPherson 59, Paola 56 OT
McPherson was able to pull off an overtime win over Paola 59-56. The game had 10 lead changes and 11 ties.
It was neck-and-neck for most of the game. McPherson stayed a little ahead of Paola until the fourth quarter when the Panthers would get a lead. They traded shots from there. Peter Horton tied it up with under a minute left to go. Ryan Horton would then take a charge to get the ball back with under twenty seconds to go.
The Bullpups let the clock wind down and Kyler Kinnamon took a shot and missed, Ryan Horton was there for the put back, but it rolled around the rim and then off sending the game to overtime.
Overtime was a lot like the fourth quarter, Paola and McPherson gutting it out, trading leads. With about :30 left Kyler Kinnamon drove and got the contested shot off and nailed the extra point to put his team up. Paola couldn’t answer as McPherson got a ticket to the state finals.
Peter Horton had 22 points for McPherson. Kyler Kinnamon had 13. Mason McDew lead Paola with 18 and Lucas Wilson had 16 for the Panthers.
Hayden 50, El Dorado 48
In another down to the wire game, Hayden was able to beat El Dorado 50-48.
Hayden’s Marcus Meier dominated the first quarter, scoring the team’s first 20 points, 17 of those in the first eight minutes of play. However, El Dorado’s well balanced offense kept them ahead of Hayden for most of the first half. They were up 33-28 at halftime.
Hayden would rally, going on a 10-2 run to take a one point lead. They would increase their lead to as much as 5, but El Dorado fought their way back in. Two Travis House free throws tied the game up with about two minutes left to go.
El Dorado got a steal which resulted in a foul, but Johnstone Scott, couldn’t knock them in giving Hayden the ball back with about one minute left to go. They wound down the clock down and Hayden would miss their first shot, but Meier was able to get a rebound and was fouled. He knocked down both of his free throws to put Hayden up two and El Dorado couldn’t respond.
Meier ended the night with 32 points for Hayden. Jacob Head also had 10. El Dorado’s Travis House had 12 points and Scott had 9.
Bishop Miege 64, Andover Central 53
Bishop Miege was able to ride out a first quarter point explosion all the way to the finish line, beating Andover Central 64-53.
The Stags outscored the Jaguars 23-5 in the first quarter. Andover Central committed 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game alone.
However, the Jaguars settled down and went on a run of their own in the second quarter. They went 9-2 to open up the second and would get within nine going into the locker room.
The Stags would open the half hot to try to pull away, but Andover Central stayed with them. With 5:48 left to play a Rebecca Schulte lay up would get them within three, but the Stags never let them get any closer.
Shelbe Piggie had 26 points for Bishop Miege. Tristen McFeders had 15 and Madeline Homoly had 12. Skyler Snodgrass had 18 points for Andover Central and Brooke Pedersen had 13.
Wamego 52, KC Piper 39
The defending champions extended their perfect season by one more game, defeating KC Piper 52-39.
The Pirates hung with the Red Raiders, leading Wamego by one going into the second. Wamego would get some separation in the second, leading by seven going into the locker room.
The Red Raiders were able to keep ahead of the Pirates the rest of the way. Laine Page had 18 points, Caitlin Claussen had 12 and Kaylee Page had 11. KC Piper’s Jessica Wayne had 12 points and Haley White had 10.