1. Derby girls beat McPherson – Derby girls defeated McPherson, 47-35, in a matchup of two defending state champions. Derby was favored behind its two Division I players with forward Kennedy Brown (Oregon State) and Tor’e Alford (Missouri State). Last year, Derby’s only loss came versus McPherson, and the goal was to post an undefeated record this winter. Derby had not defeated McPherson in recent history.
Since 2005-06, Derby was 0-4 versus McPherson, including the 54-49 defeat last winter. McPherson ended its 23-game winning streak, and Derby bumped its winning streak to 25 consecutive. The Bullpups shot 26 percent, while Derby was at 39 percent.
The Panthers are the defending 6A champions, and McPherson captured 4A-I. However, the Bullpups had significant graduations, namely Gatorade Player of the Year Taylor Robertson, and coach Chris Strathman is out on health leave.
For Derby, Sydney Nilles and Brown had 11 points, and Aliyah Myers tallied 10. Derby gets another high-profile matchup versus Maize and Division I signee Halie Jones next Tuesday. The McPherson boys are 0-3 against a tough schedule, a rarity for the tradition-laden Bullpups. Derby defeated McPherson, 44-42.
2. Wichita Southeast boys win – Southeast earned a 56-55 victory against Carroll in a key City League matchup. Carroll, the defending 5A state champions, had a 15-game winning streak. Jerrelle Burnett had a game-winning basket in the final second. Southeast is 2-0 and has sophomore transfer Jackie Johnson, who averaged more than 20 points a game for Wichita North last winter. SE had dropped three straight against Carroll and was 2-6 in the last eight contests in the series.
3. Central Plains’ teams into Russell finals – At the Amos Morris tournament in Russell, Central Plains’ boys and girls both play Phillipsburg in Saturday’s finals in the six-squad competition. CP is both No. 1 in 1A in boys and girls, and Phillipsburg boys are No. 8 in 3A.
CP girls easily defeated Phillipsburg in the first round, but because of the bracket alignment, the Panthers again play the Oilers in the championship. Central Plains girls have won 87 straight games, CP boys have won 29 straight. Neither has a game closer than 30 points this season.
4. Purple and Gold finals set – Oakley and host WaKeeney-Trego will play in the Purple and Gold championship Saturday. WaKeeney girls were expected to have a big year after a sizable jump last season and had a quality 51-42 semifinals victory against Victoria. The Golden Eagles are 3-0 after a 15-7 mark last season, a 10-win improvement from the previous year. Last winter
marked Trego’s first winning season since ’11-12. The Golden Eagles’ top-three scorers were freshman Lili Shubert and two sophomores.
Oakley has also enjoyed a big turnaround. The Plainsmen lost 49-28 to Norton but has permitted just 37 points in back-to-back victories and has not allowed double-digit points in any of the last eight quarters. The Plainsmen were 6-14 last year. The boys’ side features a high-profile matchup with Northern Valley and Ness City. NV, the defending 1A-II state titlists with sharpshooting guard Riley Sides, defeated WaKeeney, 66-60. NC, with standout point guard John Pfannenstiel, beat Oakley, 60-36. Ness City is fourth in 2A, and NV is fifth in 1A.
5. 1,000-point scorers – Rural Vista senior Lauren Campuzano cleared 1,000 career points in a 55-36 victory against Lebo in the Herington tournament. Inman’s Payton Froese also achieved the feat for the Tuetons. Inman defeated Lyons, 53-30, and rival Moundridge, 57-30, on Thursday and Friday in the Moundridge tournament. Inman is No. 2 in 2A Boys, and RV stands ninth in 1A Girls. The Heat are 3-0 and face Chase County in a tournament game Saturday. Campuzano averaged 19.4 points a game last winter.