Girard comes alive in second half to blow by Kingman

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - In the final quarterfinal matchup of the 3A state tournament, both Kingman and Girard played a sleepy first two quarters, Kingman taking an 18-13 lead to the break. One team woke up from the slumber at half, and unfortunately for Kingman, it wasn't the Eagles.

Kingman increased their lead to 9 two minutes into the third, but then Girard got going, quickly turning the 9 point deficit into a 2 point lead with 8 minutes to play. Caleb Muia, coming off a 40 point effort in sub-state last week, tallied 10 of his game high 17 points in the third including a pair of ferocious dunks. Kingman held Muia to just 2 points--another dunk--in the first half.

Kingman tied the game up at 34 apiece early in the fourth quarter, but from there it was all Girard. A pair of Tyder Worrell triples got the lead up to 10, and the Trojans just cruised from there, closing the game on a 23-6 run in what turned out to be a 57-40 win to end Kingman's season.

Girard improves to 20-3 with the victory, and will advance to face Thomas More Prep-Marian in Friday's semifinals. The 8 seed Monarchs upset previously unbeaten Maur Hill earlier Thursday.