The tone was set early with an overtime thriller. Day two of the Class 1A Division II State Tournament in Hays was all about the ladies, and they provided plenty of excitement.
Bucklin 56, St. John’s-Tipton 49 in Overtime
When the Red Aces raced out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter, most people thought this was just going to be another 2 seed vs 7 seed blowout. But the Lady Blue Jays had other ideas outscoring Bucklin in the second, third and fourth quarter. Brenna Eilert hit a huge three to send the game into overtime. The freshman had a monster game pouring in 24 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.
But the Aces once again found some rhythm in the extra frame out scoring SJT 13-6. Janae Price and Morgan Hood had 18 a piece for Bucklin and Allyson Rudd added 15.
St. John’s-Tipton ends the season at 17-9.
Golden Plains 57, Wilson 37
This game was a rematch of last season’s third place game, which the Lady Bulldogs won by 10.
The Dragons were able to hang around in the first half, despite the fact that Adrianna Florke was on the bench with three fouls. It was just a nine point game in favor of Golden Plains at the half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure, taking the Lady Dragons out of their game. The lead grew to 17 after three quarters and was 20 by games end.
“It helped us that we were here last year and we got a win,” said Golden Plains head coach Hunter Christiansen. “Maybe our nerves didn’t last as long or weren’t to the level they were last year. It feels good to get to play another game tomorrow.”
Jordan Christianson had 16 points, all in the second half and Hailee Spresser added 15 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Shana Steinike led Wilson with 14 points. The Lady Dragons wrap up the season at 17-8.
B&B 51, Attica 35
The number one seeded Falcons had to work to get past 8th seed Attica. The Bulldogs trailed by just two points after one quarter and just six at the half.
The difference in this game was the fourth quarter as B&B exploded for 18 points while holding Attica to just seven.
Three players for B&B were in double figures. Katie Huerter and Cssidy Huising had 12 a piece and Lauren Sudbeck added 11.
Brooke Ricke had 17 for Attica, which finishes the season at 15-10.
Dighton 47, Argonia 35
The Lady Hornets and Lady Raiders battled for three quarters, with neither team really getting the upper hand. The game was tied after one quarter at 14 and Dighton held a slim 21-20 lead at the half. The Raiders held a one point lead after three quarters.
The fourth and deciding quarter was all Hornets as Dighton outscored Argonia 18-5 to claim a 12 point win.
“I told the girls just because we are the number 5 seed doesn’t mean we are the number 5 seed in this tournament,” said Dighton head coach Amy Felker. “We can go anything we put our mind to if we believe we can do it.”
Kiara Budd had 11 points to lead the Lady Hornets.
Haylea Hessman lead Argonia with 15. The Raiders end the year at 18-6.