Maize Eagles headed back to state, top Andover Central 59-50

Maize keeps repeat state title hopes alive with 59-50 win at Andover Central
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 10:00 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Tonight was a rematch of the 2019 5A State semifinals. The last time Maize took on Andover Central in the playoffs, Andover Central came out on top en route to their state championship. Tonight, Maize flipped the script and knocked off the number four ranked team in 5A.

The eagles were state champions last year and brought back a lot of their championship core.

Junior Avery Johnson said that the team is primed for another deep state tournament run.

“We’ve got a lot of experienced guys here,” Johnson said. “We’ve got four or five guys that played varsity time last year and actually played in that state championship. So, a lot of experienced guys and we’re hoping that gives us an advantage. But we have got to just come out ready to play.”

Although they won the title last year, Senior Kyle Grill said that he and his teammates aren’t feeling the pressure, but just simply having fun.

“The beginning of the season we started pretty slow but we’ve been on a big run lately so we’re pretty excited,” he said. “We’re getting closer together and it’s helping us build chemistry and we’re playing really well right now. We have to just play our best basketball, and if that leads us to a state championship, that’s what will happen.”

Jaden Gustafson was the leading scorer tonight for the Eagles with 21. Andover Central’s Kobe Smith ended his season with a 33 point performance tonight as well.

The Eagles will travel to Emporia next week for the state tournament.

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