The Lady Oilers have sprinted to many of their first seven state titles. Saturday was more of a limp. Battling various health issues, Central Plains needed an 11-0 run in to open the fourth quarter to get by unbeaten Golden Plains 50-38 for the Class 1A, Div. II title. The Lady Oilers have now won eight-straight state championships.
The Pretty Prairie Lady Bulldogs advanced the State Championship game for the first time in 24 years after defeating the Hodgeman County Lady Longhorns 37-32.Pretty Prairie took a 15-5 lead after the first quarter. Bailey Young scored six of the points while Joley Harbaugh and McKenna Vogl added a three-pointer each.
Central Plains has set the state standard with eight-straight state championships. Check that. The Lady Oilers were favorites to win a seventh-consecutive title in 2020 before Covid ended the season two games short. The Oilers made it seven-straight last year and will play for an eighth-straight championship after hanging on against Hanover 49-44 in the Class 1A, Div. II championships at Barton Community College.
Four perfect regular seasons but the Golden Plains girls have yet to win a state title in that run. Friday night the Lady Bulldogs got one step closer. Golden Plains led Central Christian by as many as 11 points late to reach Saturday’s Class 1A, Div. II title game with a 33-23 win.
Derby made a statement in the opening round of the 6A Girl’s State Tournament Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers topped Shawnee Mission West, 41-17 at Charles Koch Arena. It was a game that saw just 21 total points in the 1st half, before Derby opened things up after halftime.
Playing for the bigger school, the Lady Eagles were already a favorite against Otis-Bison in Friday’s Central Prairie League matchup in Ellinwood. But with just five girls on the floor – including two freshmen – the Lady Cougars were no match Friday. Ellinwood rode an early 23-8 lead to a 49-20 finish.
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.