Frankamp drops 36 as Wichita North dumps Andover
Conner Frankamp is the star of the show. He is aware. But the fandom is not what gets him off key - it is Koch Arena.
"I just have to shoot with an arch here," Frankamp said. "I feel like sometimes I shoot flat, and that gets my shot off. So, shoot with an arch and stay confident."
Frankamp started soft, hitting only 2-of-9 from the field in the first half, but he crescendoed when it counted. Frankamp scored 36 points to help the Redskins to a 60-53 victory over Andover.
Frankamp's 36 points puts him one behind Greg Dreiling for second place on the City League's career scoring list.
While Frankamp did his usual, the supporting cast stepped up, as well. The game was won behind Zach Beard's six rebounds, Tristyn Villa's clutch 3-pointers, John Bogle's big man minutes off the bench and Beau Shockley playing rough and tough in the paint.
"Everybody played really good tonight, I felt like," Frankamp said. "All the role players stepped in and did their job, and did the best they could."
The Trojans stuck with North in the first half. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Frankamp knotted the game at 29 going into halftime.
The Redskins built a nine-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. A 3-point play by Adam Dekoning brought the Trojans within four late, but they would get no closer.
Tarius Williams scored 10 points for North. Villa had eight.
Andover's Ryan Bezdeck led the team with 11, while Dallas Bruner and Dekoning each added 10.
And Frankamp's love-hate relationship with Koch Arena? He'll grow to love it, because the storybook ending of his senior season leads him here.
"I missed some pretty easy shots in the first half. It seems like that happens a lot here at WSU," Frankamp said. "I'm not a huge fan of this arena, but I got to get used to it since state is here."
Second half surge lifts Andover girls over Wichita North
Jaylyn Agnew will be happy if this kind of first half does not show itself again the rest of the year. But now that it has, Andover can learn from it.
"It helps out tremendously, because when we watch film, we'll see what we need to work on," Agnew said.
Andover (6-1) won its fifth straight game with a giant second half to beat Wichita North 44-29.
The Trojans were tepid in the first half, trailing 19-18 into halftime.
"We just weren't as up-tempo. We were just hanging back, not being aggressive," Agnew said.
Agnew said Andover had to find its groove in the third quarter. They did, in a loud way.
The Trojans outscored North 24-2 in the quarter. Maddie Routhier dropped three 3-pointers and Agnew tacked on seven points in the third.
Agnew finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Routhier contributed 12 points. Jayden Dennis led the Redskins with 12 points.
Offense spreads out to pace Kapaun boys to victory
Practices at Kapaun are rough. Head Coach John Cherne III wants them that way, because it makes the games easier.
His squad made it look that way against Andover Central (5-2), grinding out a 62-48 win.
Every Kapaun starter picked up at least eight points, led by Braden Hullings' 15 and Atir Cherne's 10. Damien Akao contributed 10 more off the bench.
"It's a collective effort, and that was a collective team effort," Cherne said.
The Crusaders (5-1) blazed to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter, making their first six shots from the field. Hullings had eight straight to break the game open.
Andover Central got within 10 in the third quarter, but never brought the deficit into single digits. Darraja Parnell kept the Jaguars close, pushing for 16 points.
Kapaun has faced a rough road the past three games, being challenged by Wichita North, Bishop Carroll and Andover Central. Cherne said the Crusaders still are not battle-tested.
"Each one in the City League, each one is a new experience and a new test. You can study for a quiz, then the teacher changes the question," he said. "That's what's going to happen. They're going to change the question on us."
Kapaun girls frustrate Andover Central
In what was potentially a preview of a 5A state tournament matchup, Kapaun Mt. Carmel delivered a bang and Andover Central provided ... a thud.
Kapaun (6-0) dominated every facet of the game in a 47-23 victory.
The Jaguars (5-2) were deflated after Kapaun went up 12-6 after the first quarter.
"You can kind of tell in mannerisms and such," said Kapaun's Sydney Kuhn. "When you see that, you have to attack and go harder."
The Crusaders held a seven-point lead at halftime, then won the second half 28-11.
Kuhn tied Hannah Lienhard for the team lead with 11 points. Katie Krechtmar led Andover Central with 10.
Kapaun forced 21 turnovers, including five steals by Grace Hagan.
"We adjusted really well, and our help defense was awesome," Kuhn said. "I think they know where we stand now. We would say 'bring it on' if we had to play them again."
Jones, Terrell lead Wichita East boys in rout of Cougars
Samajae Jones had a good first half. In the third quarter, he had swagger.
"I turned it up in the second half," Jones said. "My team was pushing me to make shots."
Jones dropped 13 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter, as Wichita East rolled to an 87-47 victory over Salina South.
The Blue Aces sped up Salina South on the defensive end, forcing 27 turnovers. On offense, East made 35-of-69 shots from the field - better than 50 percent.
De'Shawn Terrell helped Jones with 17 points and seven steals.
"He did everything right. He had good defense, good shots," Jones said.
It was the fourth straight win for the Blue Aces, who improved to 5-2.
Justin Stonebraker punched in 14 points to lead the Cougars (1-6).
Salina South girls battle back to beat Wichita East
The start was rough, but Salina South (5-2) got the ending it wanted, coming up big in the second half for a 47-37 victory over Wichita East.
The Cougars fell behind early after Wichita East (2-5) put together a 14-0 run, taking a seven-point lead into halftime.
"We were just not ready to play," said Salina South's Emily Webb. "We came here, and we were kind of intimidated because we were in a new atmosphere and we'd never played in something this big."
Salina South committed to attacking the zone in the second half. As it broke down, Webb hit two clutch 3-balls to give South the lead.
"It kind of all just fell together after awhile in the third quarter," Webb said.
Janai Mitchell recorded a double-double for the Cougars, scoring 15 points and adding 11 rebounds. Webb scored nine points.
Relina Johnson scored 13 points for Wichita East.