Rose Hill opens playoffs with blowout of Topeka Hayden

For the second time in as many days, a defending state champion has seen their season end in a sub-state opener.

Halstead fell Tuesday night in Class 3A, now Topeka Hayden, the defending champion in Class 4A Division II, fell to Rose Hill in a game they that featured a fourth quarter running clock.

Hayden jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but that was as much as they would lead by in the 28 point Rose Hill victory.

The Rockets Koby Campbell led the way with 27, perhaps none bigger than three points coming off free throws to close out the first quarter. Campbell was fouled on a last second heave, hitting all three foul shots that gave Rose Hill a burst of momentum going to the second.

Those 3 were part of a 14-0 run for the Rockets on what was once a 7-7 game, effectively pulling away from Hayden for good in the first half.

Rose Hill will head to AVCTL Division 4 rival Andale on Friday with a spot in the state tournament on the line. The Indians, who opened the playoffs with a 33 point win over El Dorado, won the lone meeting between the two in the regular season 60-33.