Central Plains rolls to regional final

SYLVAN GROVE, Kan. (KWCH) -- The Central Plains Lady Oilers punched their ticket to the Class 1A Sub-State by defeating the Victoria Lady Knights 91 to 31.

Central Plains Lady Oiler #11 Emily Ryan drives towards the basket with the ball in the first quarter. The Central Plains Lady Oilers and Victoria Lady Knights compete in the KSHSAA Class 1A Regional Semi-Final at Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School in Sylvan Grove, Kansas on February 21, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Both teams competed in a Class 1A Regional Semi-Final held at Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School. The top two teams in the bracket will move on to the Sub-State round next week.

Central Plains dominated the game in the fashion that has become their trademark. They used an aggressive press to force several turnovers by the Lady Knights. Most of the time the Lady Oilers would convert those turnovers to points.

By the end of the first quarter Central Plains led 28 to 7. At halftime that lead grew to 59 to 13. When the final horn sounded, Central Plains led Victoria by 60 points, 91 to 31.

Lydia Sander scored 13 of Victoria's 31 points for the game.

Every player on the 12 person roster for Central Plains scored at least one point. Emily Ryan lead all scorers in the game with 42 points. Kassidy Nixon added 12 points to the total.

"It's been a while since we did this regional thing," said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. "Regardless on Saturday you go on to Sub-State. The girls might rest a little but I'm sure they will play hard.

"Our girls move the ball so well and were so active on defense. We like to speed our competition up and get them out of their comfort zone. Our defense creates a lot of our points.”