Greeley County has a new hero. Maybe two. Junior Jaxson Brandl scored a game-high 31 points in Saturday’s Class 1A, Div. II state championship basketball game against Hanover. But freshman Lincoln Shafer hit a 3-pointer with just one second left to push the Jackrabbits past No. 1 Hanover 56-55 for the title.
The South Gray Rebels advanced to the State Championship game for the second year in a row after defeating the Solomon Gorillas 79-46.The two teams locked up in the second Boys semifinal of the Class 1A Division I tournament held in Dodge City.
Britton Dutton reached 40 points for the first time last February against Ness City. This season, the Ellinwood junior reached 40 points in two of his first three games, capped by a school-record 48-point night against Lincoln.
It was a night of celebration for Wichita Heights. Both on the court as the Falcon boys and girls picked up wins over South, and in between the games. That’s when coaches and players from the historic 2010-11 school year gathered to celebrate their 5 state championships.