High school basketball season opens with GWAL vs. AVCTL Challenge

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 10:09 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The first day of competition this basketball season, both boys and girls teams are gathering at Koch Arena for the 2021 GWAL vs. AVCTL Challenge with a total of 18 games scattered over three days. Over a dozen ranked teams are set to compete in this year’s challenge.

First game of the challenge was Newton and Wichita West girls going head to head.

Newton girls trailed West early but Olivia Antonowich gave the Railers their first six points of the game. Alexis Epp extended the score to put Newton up 8-5.

Both Leela Jones and Kiari Albright leading the Pioneers in their season opener.

underneath and she kissed it off the glass to boost Newton ahead 8-5 over the Pioneers.

The game came down to a couple last second free throws for West to edge out Newton 26-25.

Second game of the challenge, North versus Newton boys.

Tanner Dorrell helped to put the Railers up 8-2 over North early on.

North forced a turnover and Jacob Wassall passed it up ahead to Michael Bailey, Jr. who laid it in the bucket to cut the lead.

A long ball from Caleb Jackson in the corner gave north the lead going into the half, 15-14.

North would pull away and beat Newton 36--27.

Southeast and Andover girls squaring up in game three.

Lady Buffaloes came out firing, Tatem Adair drained it from the wing to put Southeast up 9-1.

Really a team effort from Southeast, Alana Webb, Nyah Chandler and Jakhia Jones all contributing to the Buffaloes win over Andover. The Trojans’ point guard Brooker Walker giving 100 percent for their first game of the season.

Southeast wins 31-30 over Andover.

Both of the girls games were tied in the final minute and came down to one-point each time.

But players say it’s challenges like this that set them up for the rest of the season, whether it be fine-tuning their play or building team chemistry moving forward.

Southeast sophomore Ramya Kennedy said, “Last year towards the end of the year, we lost our energy a lot. So, coming into this year and being really high energy and just everybody contributing during practice and everybody loving each other. We were tired and we looked at each other and we were like, ‘Oh yeah we just did that!’ so it was amazing just having everyone, everyone was hyped and excited.”

The city league coning away with bragging rights...winning the majority of the games on day one except for the final game of the night.

Maize South and Southeast boys closed night one down at Koch Arena.

A lot of young guys for the Buffaloes trying to find their rhythm. Amarion Walker and Asa Barnes took the reins in this game.

On the other bench, Isaiah Atwater was on fire to open the season with help from Tory Horman and Michael Kates.

Maize South would carry a 20-point lead in the second half but Southeast would chip away at it, falling to the Mavericks 59-50.

Find preseason rankings and where your favorite high school teams stand amongst other area basketball teams:

KBCA Boys Basketball Rankings

KBCA Girls Preseason Rankings

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