Reflections from Week One of High School Basketball

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1. Andover boys 66, McPherson 64 OT – In probably Friday’s most significant result, Andover held McPherson without a shot in the final seconds and pulled off a surprise win versus the Bullpups. McPherson had played in the last five state title games. Andover had been 2-8 versus the Bullpups in the last 10 meetings, including a 69-34 loss last year. The game was tied at 57 at the end of regulation when Andover missed a potential game-winning shot inside. Andover led 22-18 at halftime and 40-30 with 63 seconds left in the third quarter.

2.Plainville’s Jared Casey off to big start – Jared Casey was one of the state’s best sophomores last season when the Cardinals went 17-7 and reached the Class 2A state tournament. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.4 assists per contest. He and senior Tanner Copeland (14.3 points/game) were the only two of the Cardinals’ six scorers back and were expected to significantly lead Plainville.

On Friday, Plainville defeated Smith Center, 64-62, with 40 points and 15 rebounds from Casey. Last year, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds versus the Redmen in the season opener. He had previously eclipsed 30 points twice last winter, with a career-high 32 points versus Stockton on Dec. 15. His career rebounding high was 14, set on Jan. 16 last season versus Ellis.

3. Hays City Shoot-Out – The majority of tournaments come next week, but the big Week 1 tournament is the Hays City Shoot-Out which runs the last past two days and concludes Saturday. On the girls’ side, Aquinas, the defending Class 5A champions, will play Manhattan in the title game today.

Hays High girls are highly experienced with first-year coach Alex Hutchins. HHS defeated Great Bend, 79-44, in the opener and then played with Manhattan in a 49-39 loss Friday.

Hays High never led and trailed by double figures early but kept the margin close the rest of the contest. The boys’ side features Manhattan and Millwood (Okla.). Hays High boys lost 78-56 to Manhattan last night and will play for third versus Aquinas on Saturday. TMP and Great Bend play for fourth place in the six-team tournament on both the boys’ and girls’ side.

4. Stockton girls beat Hill City, end losing streak – Stockton took significant graduation losses from last season after it had reached the state tournament the last two years, including Haven Hamilton (1,410 career points). First-year coach Jana Griffin inherited a team that had graduated five of its 10 players. Junior Shae Griffin had started since she was a freshman and averaged 15 points a game last year. Stockton earned a nice win, 39-34, versus Hill City with an 11-7 margin in the fourth quarter. Hill City, a final four squad in 2A, had graduated Conner Keith (1,333 points). Hill City has no seniors and had 14 points from junior Alissa Pimlott. Stockton lists 12 players with three seniors and four juniors. Stockton had been 2-16 in the last 18 meetings versus the Ringnecks, including four straight losses.

5. Other key results – Sacred Heart boys went through a coaching change when alum Pat Martin, who led the Knights to a state runner-up and state title in the last three years, did not return. Hesston beat Sacred Heart, 59-55. SH had trailed by 16 points in the fourth quarter with new coach Brian Gormley. The Knights fought back to within 57-55 late … Hesston girls defeated Sacred Heart, 48-40. Elise Kaiser paced the Swathers with 24 points, and Rylie Schilling collected 14 rebounds for Hesston. … Moundridge’s Dillon Vogts delivered 31 points in a 50-38 win versus Elyria Christian, the defending state runner-up in Class 1A, Division II. Vogts hit a big 3 at the end of the third quarter for a 38-25 lead. … Maize boys, led by South Dakota State signee Caleb Grill, beat Eisenhower, 67-42.