The streak continues, Central Plains girls advance

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RUSSELL, Kan. The Central Plains Lady Oilers defeated the Phillipsburg Lady Panthers 57 to 37 in a girls semifinal of the 2019 Amos Morris Classic.

#1 Central Plains girls defeat #5 Thunder Ridge 78-36 in the semifinals of the 2019 1A State Basketball Championship at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)

Phillipsburg scored the first points of the night. It would be their only lead.

Central Plains only lead 17 to 7 at the end of the first quarter.

One other noticeable difference in this game is that the Lady Oilers did not run their normal full court press. They instead would collect their assigned offensive player after they crossed half court.

"(Taryn) Sides was such a good ball handler that she was drawing some fouls on our girls trying to contain her," said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. "I was just afraid of getting in foul trouble."

The Lady Oilers took a 12 point lead, 32 to 20, into the locker room for halftime.

When they came out for the third quarter, they played better and quickly expanded the lead.

"I thought we got tentative in the first half," said Coach Stiles. "In the third quarter we relaxed and played more freely."

The Lady Panthers kept the score close enough that a running clock did not start. Emily Ryan played for most of the game.

She also scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Delany Rugan scored 11 points. Kassidy Nixon and Addison Crites both contributed 10 points to the game.

Taryn Sides scored 12 points on the night for Phillipsburg. Emily Schneider added 11 points to the total.

Central Plains will now face the winner of the Beloit/Tipton St. Johns game against Plainville for the Amos Morris Classic championship.

Phillipsburg will face the loser of that game for third.