Bishop Carroll wins sub-state, will look to defend 5A Crown

WICHITA, Kan. - It's been a season of highs and lows for the Bishop Carroll boys basketball team.

They opened with a 2-2 mark, somewhat surprising for a team seen as the city league favorite losing just one senior from a state championship team. But they followed back to back losses winning 8 of 9 games, the lone loss to unbeated Maize in overtime. In that time, they also came away with a win in the Tournament of Champions in Dodge City.

Then came another week of lows. Immediately following the tourney title, the Golden Eagles dropped two straight again, a loss to Wichita South followed by a defeat to eventual GWAL champs Southeast.

But something changed following those losses. The Golden Eagles haven't lost since, getting revenge after an early loss to East and continuing the streak to 7 straight wins, the latest Saturday over last year's 4A-D1 runner up McPherson, a 62-49 win to get back to the state tournament.

Carsen Pracht scored 7 of his game best 20 points in the game's first two minutes, getting Carroll up to a 9-2 lead. McPherson answered with a 7-0 run of their own to tie it up.

Then Carroll steadily increased their lead, getting it to 6 at the break and 7 through three quarters, eventually icing the game to get a 13 point win.

Bishop Carroll improves to 17-5 entering the 5A tournament in Emporia where they will look to hoist the trophy for a second straight season.