Macksville too much for La Crosse in 1A D1 Quarterfinal contest

Macksville Mustang #3 Rogelio Ibarra gets ready to pass the ball.  The Macksville Mustangs...
Macksville Mustang #3 Rogelio Ibarra gets ready to pass the ball. The Macksville Mustangs defeated the LaCrosse Leopards 72-48 in the quarterfinals of the KSHSAA Class 1A Division I State Basketball Tournament held at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas on March 9, 2023. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 12:20 AM CST
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DODGE CITY, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Macksville Mustangs advanced to the Class 1A Division I semifinals with a 72-48 victory over the LaCrosse Leopards.

This was the second meeting for the two Central Prairie League schools this season. Macksville won 69-37 on January 31st.

LaCrosse won the tipoff and scored the first basket with a three-pointer. The two teams would trade the lead back and forth until Macksville made a three with 2:34 left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs would not trail again in the game.

By the end of the first half, Macksville had built a 20-point lead at 39-19.

Macksville maintained the arms-length lead for the rest of the game.

Macksville’s Rogelio Ibarra led all scorers with 23 points. He made three field goals, two three-pointers, and went 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. His point total put him in the 1,000+ point club for his high school career.

Diego Esparza added 12 points with four field goals and a perfect four of four in free throws.

LaCrosse’s Caden Morgan led his team with 17 points. He made two field goals, four three-pointers, and one free throw.

LaCrosse ends their season with an 18-6 record.

Macksville advances to play the South Gray Rebels Friday, March 10th at 8:00 PM.