McPherson falls in the 5A girls semifinals

EMPORIA, Kan. St. Thomas Aquinas continued to impress in the 5A State Girls Basketball Playoffs, knocking off McPherson 44-36 Friday in Emporia.

The Bullpups were led by Grace Pyle, who scored 15 points to go with 8 rebounds. Lakyn Schieferecke also scored in double figures with 11 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas continues to look strong. The defending state champs got 19 points and 9 rebounds from Alayna Townsell.

Aquinas advances to play the winner of Blue Valley Southwest and KC Schlagle.