Central Plains earns big win at Amos Morris Classic

Central Plains Lady Oiler #2 Grace Lamatsch goes for a layup.  The Central Plains Lady Oilers...
Central Plains Lady Oiler #2 Grace Lamatsch goes for a layup. The Central Plains Lady Oilers defeated the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Blu Jays 62-33 in the girls semifinal of the 2022 Amos Morris Basketball Classic held at Amos Morris Gymnasium in Russell, Kansas on December 8, 2022. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 10:26 PM CST
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Central Plains Lady Oilers advanced to the Championship game of the 2022 Amos Morris Basketball Classic with a 62-33 victory over the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Blu Jays.

The two teams faced off in the first semifinal of the tournament.

Central Plains scored the first basket of the game and never lost the lead.

They scored 15 points in the first quarter including three-pointers from Brynna Hammeke and Marilyn Soeken. On the defensive side, the Lady Oilers held St. John’s-Tipton to only six points in the opening quarter.

By the end of the first half, the lead had grown to 32-13. The Lady Blu Jays only scored seven points in the second quarter. Four of those points came from the free-throw line.

Central Plains add 17 to their total in the second quarter. The team went to the free-throw line nine times in the first half and did not miss a single shot.

The Lady Oilers continued their control of the game in the second half adding 13 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth.

St. John’s-Tipton scored three three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Carlie Brummer made two of the three-pointers and the third came from Katie Brummer.

“I thought they played really well. They defended really well. We look up at halftime and they only had 13 points,” said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. “Our shots didn’t really fall, we missed some layups, we missed some wide-open threes, but as long as we can play good defense we will be in the game.”

Marylin Soeken led all scorers with 23 total points. She went nine of 11 in free throws. Soeken also made two three-pointers and four field goals. Brynna Hammeke scored 17 points with three three-pointers, eight field goals, and a perfect two-for-two from the free-throw line.

Central Plains will face the winner of the Smith Center versus Phillipsburg game Friday night for the Championship on Saturday.

“Both teams are really good, Smith Center is number two in 2A, Phillipsburg is two or three in 3A,” said Coach Stiles. “Either one is just going to be a battle. I’m glad we get to play in the championship.”