HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The semi-finals of the Class 3A Girls Basketball Tournament are set with a repeat of a matchup from last year.
Cheney Lady Cardinal #2 Kylee Scheer drives with the ball. Teams compete in the Girls Quarterfinals of the 2020 KSHSAA Class 3A State Basketball Tournament held on Sam Butterfield Court at The Hutchinson Sports Arena on the campus of Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas on March 12, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The Cheney Lady Cardinals defeated the Phillipsburg Lady Panthers by a score of 66 to 53.
Phillipsburg made their first trip to the State Tournament in school history. They faced a Cheney squad making their third appearance in four seasons.
Cheney showed that experience in jumping to a 20 to 9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cardinals went 2 for 5 from the behind the three point line and made nine field goals.
Phillipsburg settled down and equaled Cheney's scoring in the second quarter with 16 points each. They trailed by nine points at the break.
Taryn Sides scored a total of 12 points in the first half. The Lady Panthers also went 15 of 17 from the free throw line.
The second half saw Phillipsburg make a run, but they could not get the gap closer than seven.
"That punch right off the bat, it got us through," said Cheney Head Coach Rod Scheer.
"Cheney is fast, they are quick," said Phillipsburg Head Coach Rachel Miller. "It took a while for our team to adjust. You don't say you win or loose a game in one quarter, but we did. It came back to hurt us. These girls are fighters but we just couldn't get over the hump.
"That was the fastest team we've had to defend."
Kylee Scheer led Cheney in scoring with 21 points, including three three-pointers and eight field goals. Lexi Cline scored a season high 13 points and with eight for eight from the free throw line. Anna Martin added 10 points after going a perfect four of four from the field and hitting two free throws.
Taryn Sides led all scorers with 23 points. Sides sank four three pointers and went seven of eight from the free throw line. Fellow Lady Panther Kay Pakkebier added 10 points including four free throws.
Cheney will face Nemaha Central in the semifinal for the second year in a row. The Lady Cardinals won the matchup last year by a score of 60 to 48.
"I have so much respect for Nemaha Central and what they've done," said Cheney Coach Rod Scheer. "They just reload and go at it again. It should be a heck of a game."
This article was written prior to the decision of the KSHSAA to cancel the remaining games of the state tournament.