Two of the most action-packed weeks of the basketball season are finally coming to an end. The girls have taken the court this week for tournaments across the state, and championships have now been completed. Click on the hyperlinks to see box scores from the games.
Cheney put it's 38 game-winning streak on the line in the final of the Wildcat Classic, and never left any doubt that the streak would reach 39. Cheney used a big first quarter to give themselves all the space they'd need, beating the host Wildcats of Haven 40-30. Cheney was led by Ally Nikkel, who dropped 16 points, along with eight from Payton Scheer. Haven was led by Ashley Rogers, who poured in 13 points and Hailey Davis, who had 10.
Newton followed up a strong performance against Bishop Miege in the semifinals with an equally dominating effort in the championship game of the Newton Invitation. The Railers opened the title game against Olathe Northwest on an 11-0 run and never looked back en route to a 61-38 win. Kate Lehman led the host team with a triple-double, scoring 14 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. Avery Vogts scored a team-high 16 points. Olathe Northwest’s Jaylah Jackson scored a game-high 17 points in a losing effort.
3rd - Bishop Miege 46, Garden City 30
5th - Dodge City 46, Kapaun Mt. Carmel 39
7th - Andover Central 48, Rose Hill 38
Trailing by four after the first quarter, Remington outscored Sedgwick 43-29 over the final three periods to take home a 10-point victory in the Sedgwick Invitational. Ten players scored for the Broncos in a 51-41 win over the Cardinals. Quin Tillotson led the charge for Remington with 15 points. Sandra Douvier finished with a game-high 16 points in a losing effort for Sedgwick.
The brackets held true, and the top seed and the second seed met in McPherson for the final of the Mid America Classic. Natalie Knight of Olathe South hit two free throws with only six seconds left to put Falcons up by three. McPherson had a last second shot, but was not able to hit the three-pointer, and Olathe South won the championship 63-60. McPherson was led by Katelyn Loecker, who had 20 points and seven rebounds. Casyn Buchman followed with 19 points and six rebounds. Olathe South had three players in double figures, led by Knight with 21, Megan Balcom with 19, and Bailey Rinehart with 12.
3rd - Goddard 40, Beloit 33
5th - Hays 32, Andale 26
7th - Valley Center 37, Buhler 34
Wichita Southeast jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Clearwater 48-38 in the Mulvane Wildcat Classic title game. The Buffaloes held a 14-point lead at the break and a 35-26 edge after the third. Southeast’s Joyea Marshall scored a game-high 15 points. Takoya Thompson chipped in with 12. Hannah Tjaden scored 12 and Kylie Molisse added 11 points for Clearwater.
El Dorado Tournament
Garden-Edgerton used a solid first half to gain an advantage against Wichita East, and then the Lady Blazers never looked back, winning 55-29. The Blazers led the Blue Aces 25-13 at the break, and outscored East in all four quarters. Gardener-Edgerton got 16 points from Dani Plank and eight from Ashlee Bilhimer. Wichita East was led by Relina Johnson, who had seven points.3rd - Wichita Collegiate 46, Augusta 37
5th - Circle 46, El Dorado 45
Heights continued their dominance in Pratt, rattling off three straight lopsided victories on their way to the Tournament of Champions title. The Falcons blew past the host team 73-22 in the finals behind an 18-point effort from Jhasmin Bowen. Tahlia Pope was close behind with 17 points. Jharian Bowen and Mary Sims each added 10. Jenson Maydew scored a team-high six points for the Greenbacks. Heights outscored their opponents by an average of 59 points in the tournament.
Topeka Washburn Rural Tournament
Maize, which entered the Capitol City Classic as the top seed, took care of business on Saturday in the championship game with a 51-48 win over Washburn Rural. The victory moved the Eagles to 10-2 on the season.
3rd - Topeka Seaman 60, KC Sumner 49
5th - Olathe North 42, Wichita North 29
7th - Lawrence 45, Topeka West 25
Hutchinson Central Christian knocked off the host team and previously unbeaten Berean Academy 40-29 in the championship game of the Eli J. Walter Invitational. Jamie Patrick led the Cougars with a game-high 14 points. Mallory Zuercher scored 10 points for Berean. The loss dropped the Warriors, Class 2A’s second-ranked team, to 12-1. Central Christian, No. 2 in Class 1A-Division II, improved to 11-1 on the year.
1st - Olathe East 52, Emporia 37
3rd - Shawnee Mission 52, Topeka 49
5th - Hutchinson 52, Great Bend 37
7th - Junction City 42, Derby 39
Lawrence Freestate Tournament
1st - Blue Valley Stilwell 60, Free State 45
3rd - Shawnee Heights 48, Wichita Northwest 42
5th - Bishop Carroll 39, Manhattan 38
7th - Topeka Highland Park 57, Leavenworth 50