HUTCHINSON, Kan. - After she scored the game's first five, you could kind of get the vibe that this was going to be a big game for Cheney sophomore Kylee Scheer.
Little did anyone in the arena know, it was going to be a record breaking night.
Scheer went off for 38 points, setting a 3A state tournament record as Cheney pulled away for a big win over Columbus 65-43.
Scheer scored nine points in both the first and second quarters to give her 18 at the half, shooting 8/14 from the field. Her 9 in the second quarter all came quick, before her teammates joined in on what was a 25-10 quarter for the Cardinals, giving them a 17 point cushion entering the locker room.
Perhaps none were bigger for momentum than what came from a Destinee O'Shea four point play that turned a four point game into an eight point advantage, starting what turned out to be a 15-2 run to close out the half.
Then after the break, it was all Scheer, with her defense leading the way, which is odd to say in a 38 point effort. Scheer missed just one shot attempt after halftime, that from three, with most of her points coming on breakaways following steals.
She finished with 8 steals on the day to go with the record number of points.
Scheer entered the fourth with 28, and the crowd was cheering her on to hit 40. But after she scored the first--and only--10 points of the fourth quarter, her dad, coach Rod Scheer, subbed her out for the final time with 3:40 to play.
The win for Cheney puts them at 22-2 on the season, and the top seeded Cardinals will face Nemaha Central with a trip to the title game on the line. A win Friday will mean a second trip to the title game in three years after missing out on the tournament a season ago.