ANDALE, Kan. - In the 2018 state tournament, the Andale Indians fell just shy of reaching their ultimate goal. Topeka-Hayden knocked off the Indians in the state semifinals as Andale settled for third place feeling unsatisfied.
Now in 2019, they'll have a chance for redemption.
Andale knocked off league rival Rose Hill 63-45, their second win over the Rockets this season, to make it back to back sub-state championships for the Indians.
After a tight first quarter that saw Rose Hill keep it within 1 point late, Andale started to pull away in the second, getting the lead to double digits before Easton Hunter hit a layup before the halftime horn to get the lead to 12.
From there, Andale kept it going, leading the game wire to wire before taking the 18 point win.
Up next is a trip to Salina, where Andale will enter the state tourney projected as the 2 seed in Class 4A. The Indians are projected to match up with Augusta, who reached the state tourney with an upset of Abilene. The two teams met in mid-December, with Andale going on the road for the 54-49 win.