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The streak ends, Phillipsburg tops Central Plains

The loss ends Central Plains’ 138-game win streak
Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 11:16 PM CST
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Phillipsburg Lady Panthers advanced to the Championship Game at the Amos Morris Tournament held in Russell by defeating the Central Plains Lady Oilers 49 to 44. The Lady Panthers also ended the Central Plains 138 game win streak.

The two teams met up last year at this tournament, and Central Plains won 57 to 37.

Both teams made it to the state tournament last year, but this year’s roster is not the same. Central Plains replaced four starters from last year and Phillipsburg three starters.

Central Plains led 17 to 14 at the end of the first quarter. Phillipsburg turned up the pressure and defense to hold the Lady Oilers to just six points in the second quarter.

Central Plains would try to get their transition game going only to find a Lady Panther matching them step for step.

The Lady Panthers doubled their score and took a 28 to 23 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Central Plains had not trailed in the second quarter since February 4, 2020, in a Central Prairie League game against the Otis-Bison Lady Cougars. In that instance, it was only a one-point difference.

In the third quarter, Phillipsburg quickly extended the lead to eight points. At times Central Plains would score a basket to bring the difference down to six.

For the third consecutive quarter, the Lady Panthers put up 14 points in eight minutes of game time.

It was not until the final minute of the game that the Lady Oilers narrowed the Lady Panther advantage to just four points. A late free-throw made the point difference five points, 49 to 44.

After the final horn, the Phillipsburg players celebrated the notable win.

“Our girls have been looking forward to this opportunity, knowing we could face them in this tournament,” said Phillipsburg Head Coach Rachel Miller. “The girls were focused and ready to go today. I told them we needed to be the aggressive team.

“I told them that it was important to come out of halftime strong. There is a reason why they won 138 games.”

“Phillipsburg is a great team and played extremely well and deserved to win tonight,” said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. “I’m so proud of my girls. These kids were part of what we’ve done in the past year. Tomorrow they’ll be ready to play because that’s how they are.

“Playing a good team like Phillipsburg gives us so much to learn from. I would much rather play a tough competition like that then someone we’ll beat by 30-40.”

Taryn Sides led all scorers with 15 points. Kay Pakkebier added 11 points.

For Central Plains, Brynna Hammeke scored 12 points.

The loss tonight is the first loss for Central Plains since February 24, 2015. The Lady Oilers lost to the Ellinwood Lady Eagles in a CPL game. After that game, the Lady Oilers would win the next 138 games along with five state titles and one final four finish.

For the first time in at least five years, the Amos Morris Tournament girls championship will not go to Central Plains.

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