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Basketball in Kansas: Around the State Update (1/18/20)

Dawson Zenger of Rock Creek is averaging 25 points per game. (photo: Kelly Whaley)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Jan 18, 2020

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By CONOR NICHOLL Cnicholl1@gmail.com w/ Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas

Weather postponed a significant number of games on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. However, Tuesday provided a highly pivotal night of basketball, and Friday still yielded multiple key results, especially in the Wichita area. This week’s notes looks at several Wichita teams, including the big improvement of Andover boys, Cheney girls ending Garden Plains’ winning streak and McPherson boys with a key win versus Augusta.

Plus, WaKeeney girls end a long losing streak versus TMP – and St. John boys continue its winning streak versus Ellinwood. Elk County celebrates Isaiahh Loudermilk Day with two wins for West Elk. All rankings are as of Jan. 14.

Several key Friday postponements included the big Eastern Kansas League girls’ rivalry between Bishop Miege (No. 1 in 4A) and Aquinas (No. 1 in 5A). As well, Shawnee Mission Northwest, No. 3 in 6A girls, was postponed, along with all Sunflower League contests.

Big Girls Scorers this season

Emily Ryan - 29 ppg - Central Plains, Kylee Scheer - Cheney 23.1 ppg, Kiki Smith Topeka - 21.1 ppg, Aubree Dewey - Plainville 20.8 ppg, Kori Babcock - Chanute - 20.4 ppg, Ehlaina Hartman - SPearville 19.7 ppg, Lauryn Dubbert - St Johns Tipton - 19.6 ppg, Nijaree Canady - Topeka - 19 ppg, Grace Eck - Ellis 18.9 ppg, Tessa Hauser - Norton - 18.7 ppg, Kara Koester - Conway Springs - 18.3 ppg, Christy Wibe - South Gray - 18 ppg, Amiah Simmons - BV Southwest 18 ppg

Big Boys Scorers This Season

Brayden Sadler - Udall 27.8 ppg, Jordan Vincent - Eisenhower - 26.9 ppg, Dawson Zenger - Rock Creek - 25.9 ppg, Patrick Cassidy - Columbus - 25.4 ppg, Tuck Lang - Minneola - 25.3 ppg, Dameion Hatten - Sedan - 25.0 ppg, Cooper Wolf - South Haven - 23.1 ppg, Jayden Garrison - Little River - 23 ppg, Scott Price - Bucklin - 22.3 ppg, Kaden Bradstreet - DIghton 22 ppg, Jackie Johnson - Wichita Southeast 21.1 ppg, Trey Reid - Maize South 20.6 ppg,  Wyatt Eberle - Lakeside 20.4 ppg, Colton McCarty - Cheylin 20.4 ppg, Xavier Bell - Andover Central - 20.4 ppg, Peyton Price - Kingman 20.2 ppg

Rebounders 

While rebound numbers may be inflated at the smaler school level compared to the bigger schools we have some kids putting up some big numbers 

BOYS: Cameron Campuzano - Rural Vista 11.7, Mac Purvis - Weskan 11.4, Jaden Boone - Quinter 11.2 , Andrew HIlls - Oxford 11.1, Brance Ware - Jayhawk Linn - 11, Jerrit Norris - Troy 10.6, Wyatt Eberle - Lakeside 10.4, Austin Coffman Central Heights - 10.4, Blake Aurand - Republic Co. 10.3 , Cayde Welsh -Triplains Brester - 10.2, Jace Schoen - Lakeside 10.3 Jason Friesen - Maranatha - 10.1, Taylor Mcclain - South Haven 10.1 

GIRLS: Jenna Pfau - Oskaloosa 13.3, Anna Carter - Decatur Comm - 12.8, Karsyn Youngblood - COlumbus - 12.0, Tessa Hauser - Norton 11.1, Kade Hackerott - Goddard 10.9, Chevell Ralstin - Elkhart - 10.8, Aysa Bennally - HCA 10.7, Anna Briggs - Quinter 10.4, Jenna Harvey - Baldwin 10.3, Kayler Getz - Quinter 10.1, Courtney Wright - Triplains 10.0

Assists

Girls: Several players are averaging over four assists per contest this year. Some of those highlighted on the girls side are Kori Babcock of 4A Chanute who is nearly six assists per game to go along with her high schoring averaging. Aubree Dewey of 2A Plainville has also been a great distributor as well as a scorer with 4.6 assists per contest this season. Sydney Nilles of 6A Derby also averaging nearly five assists per game while Traci Cramer of DIghton is at 5.3. Cheney's Lexi Cline is at 4.6 assists per game while Aryanna Grassity of 6A topeka is ayt 4.4. Jenna Pfau of Oskaloosa also at 4.3 per game. 

Boys: Dariq Williams of Parsons is averaing over nine assists per contest to pace the state, Kyler Haffner of Wheatland Grinnell is at 7.4, Jordan Vincent of Eisenhoewr is at 6.5, Tate Davis of Ingalls at 6.5, Ty Sides of Phillipsburg at 6.2, Eli Issacs of Valley Center at 5.9, Kylan Cunningham of Lakeside at 5.6, Kaleb Gaddis of Andover at 5.1 and Jarod Crawford of Central Heights at 5.0 are all numbers we have seen reported in over five per game this season. 

Class 6A

In front of a standing room only crowd Tuesday, Haysville Campus defeated Derby, 56-53, in a battle of undefeated teams. Campus is ranked first in 6A, and Derby is third in 6A. Campus moved 7-0, and Derby was 6-1 after the result. The Colts and Kansas City Harmon are the only 6A squads that are undefeated. Sterling Chapman led Campus with 14 points, while Shawn Warrior scored 12. Campus has impressed many as their team has been a highlight reel so far this season. On Friday, Derby had 14 points from Tre Washington.

In a matchup of ranked girls’ teams, Blue Valley North defeated Blue Valley West, 60-50, on Tuesday. BVN had four players between nine and 15 points, led by 15 points from Isaac Patterson. He has a William Jewell offer. Spencer Bain paced BVW with 26 points. Blue Valley North was 6-1, and Blue Valley West 4-3 after the game. BVN improved from sixth to fourth in this week’s 6A rankings. Blue Valley West moved into the poll for the first time at ninth in 6A.

Topeka High girls, ranked No. 1 in 6A, improved to 7-0 with a 77-30 home win versus Highland Park on Tuesday. Topeka led 16-10 after the first quarter and 42-21 at halftime. Freshman Kiki Smith and sophomore Nijaree Canady continued its brilliant seasons. Smith had 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, and Canady tallied 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Canady finished with 13 rebounds, and Smith had eight rebounds. Smith has averaged 21.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and four steals a contest. Canady is at 19 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals a contest. Junior Lilly Smith has 10.4 points and 1.9 assists.

Wichita Heights, ranked fourth in 6A, continue to dominate with another big week and are 9-0 after a 70-29 win versus Bishop Carroll on Tuesday and 82-52 against Wichita Southeast on Friday. Heights also owns a 59-35 victory Kapaun and 44-28 versus Maize earlier in the year. Heights has early control of the City League.

Jackie Johnson of Wichita Southeast continues to be one of the premier scorers in Kansas with 21.1 points per game this season. Johnson has been one of the premier scorers in Kansas since his freshman year when his career started at Wichita North. 

High flying junior Lonell Lane has the Harmon Hawks in the rankings with 19.4 points per game this season. He went over 1,000 points this past week as he has an entire senior season left in 2020-2021. Walzel Evans also adds 16 per game in 2020. 

Kiki Smith of Topeka is averaging 21.1 points per game as a freshman this season while sophomore teammate Nijaree Canady is averaging 19 points per game, making them one of the best duos in the state for the highly regarded Trojans. Could be a bright future with these two and their youth. 

Class 5A

Maize South Girls, up two spots to sixth in 5A, earned a key 52-48 win Tuesday versus an improved Eisenhower squad. On Friday, Maize defeated Eisenhower, 55-21. Maize South is 8-1 after a 34-32 home win versus Goddard on Friday.

The Mavericks lost its season opener, 53-41, to Andover Central. Since then, Maize South’s wins include by two, two, four and two points. Goddard girls, led by Central Missouri signing Kade Hackerott, are 5-4, and led throughout Friday’s game versus Maize South.

However, Katie Wagner, a Fort Hays signing, scored several times late for the Mavericks. Kaydyn Davison had a 3-pointer late for the winning margin. Maize girls are normally ranked in past years, though are 5-4 this winter. However, the Eagles lost 50-47 to Dodge City, a team that has been ranked ninth in 6A several weeks. The other losses have come to Wichita Heights (No. 4 in 6A), Derby (No. 6 in 6A) and Salina Central (No. 4 in 5A). Derby and SC came by a combined six points.

Andover boys, ranked No. 2 in 5A behind Bishop Carroll, earned another quality win with a 46-43 road win versus Derby on Friday. Andover is 8-0. Jack Johnson had a key performance for Andover. In the first seven games, Johnson averaged 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Andover was 11-10 last winter with Johnson at 15.1 points per contest. The Trojans – one of the biggest surprises this winter – have made big strides in multiple categories, including an elite efficient offense.

Last year, Andover scored 1.01 points per possession, but allowed .98. Andover collected 22 percent of available offensive rebounds. Andover had steals on 14.4 percent of possessions, and blocks on 3.6. This year, the Trojans have blocks on 3.5 percent and steals on 15.1 percent through the first seven contests.

However, Andover is much better defensively at .85 points allowed per possession. The Trojans have scored 1.15 points per possession. That’s close to 1.19 per possession from rival Andover Central in AC’s 5A state championship squad last winter. Andover has turnovers on 15.1 percent of possessions (AC was at 15.6). The Trojans are an excellent shooting team with 57 percent on 2-pointers and 35 percent on 3s.

McPherson boys, ranked ninth in 5A, picked up a key 67-51 victory against Augusta on Tuesday. Augusta is ranked fourth in 4A. McPherson leads the AVCTL Division III, and improved to 10-0 versus the Orioles since 2015. Cody Stufflebean scored 23 points, while Jayton Alexander had 13 and Eli Pyle tallied 12.

On Friday, McPherson defeated El Dorado, 67-43, and moved to 6-3, 4-0 in league play. Seth Madron scored 15 points. McPherson has lost only to Andover (No. 2 in 5A), Derby (No. 3 in 6A) and KC Piper (No. 2 in 4A). The squads had a combined one loss entering Friday. Madron paces McPherson scoring this season with 18.2 poings per game. 

McPherson girls, ranked No. 2 again in 5A, defeated McPherson, 73-22, on Tuesday with another big shooting night. The Bullpups made 9 of 13 from beyond the arc. On Friday, the Bullpups defeated El Dorado, 52-22, and improved to 9-0.

In Friday’s Holy War, Bishop Carroll edged Kapaun, 50-49. As well, Carroll boys defeated Kapaun, 65-55, and BC controlled the game all contest. Carroll, ranked No. 1 in 5A, is 8-0. Kapaun, ranked third in 5A, scored the most points of any opponent versus BC this year. No other team had tallied more than 47. Kapaun is 7-2 with losses only to Andover and BC, both perfect teams. Alex Littejohn paced the Golden Eagles with 21 points.

On the girls’ side, Bishop Carroll is ranked seventh in 5A and stands at 7-2 after Friday’s win. BC bounced back from its 70-29 loss to Wichita Heights on Tuesday. KMC girls are 5-4.

De Soto girls improved to 5-2 with a 50-35 victory versus Basehor-Linwood on Friday. Senior LaMyah Ricks and senior Mackenzie Shupe each tallied 16 points, and Shupe made four treys. The Wildcats list seven seniors on the roster for a program that is 15-9, 14-9 and 16-6 the last three years.

Although the Pittsburg boys are not ranked, they do feature two of the best 5A has to offer. Javon Grant and Gavyn Elkamil have been tearing up the scoreboards all year. Elkamil, a senior with multiple Division I offers, is headed to Link Year Prep next year where he will reclassify. Grant, a sophomore, could blow up as a recruit this season. Last night the two combined for 60 points with Grant leading the way with 37 while Elkamil had 23. Elkamil was a first team all-state selection last season while Grant was a second team pick from Sports in Kansas in 5A. Pittsburg misses the length they lost over the last two years in Trenton Austin (6'4"), Chase Curtis (6'6") and 2018 5A POY Marque English (6'6") but are still a solid program in 5A.

Jordan Vincent of Eisenhower continues his solid senior season with 25.9 points per game for the Tigers. He also has over six assists and six rebounds per game in 2019.

Trey Reid of Maize South is averaging 20.6 points per game this season for the Mavericks. 

Xavier Bell, who went over 1,000 points last season on helping his team to a 5A title, is averaging over 20 points per game this season. The 5A returning all-state pick is one of the top multiple sport athletes in the state, earning all-state honors as a WR in football after helping the Jaguars to a 4A state runner up finish this past fall. 

Jack Johnson of Andover has his team rolling and has 19.4 points per game doing so to go along with 5.7 boards for an 8-0 mark. 

Keeshawn Mason of Aquinas is having a breakout season with 18.2 points per game this season. The junior is also pulling down 7.2 boards per contest. 

Carroll has a balanced scoring attack this season paced by Tanner Mans, Alex Littlejohn and Enrique Lankford who all averaging between 10-15 points per game. Carroll was this week's KBCA #1 ranked team. 

Class 4A

Bishop Miege boys, ranked No. 3 in 4A behind KC Piper and Parsons, defeated St. James, 63-29, in the EKL on Tuesday. Mark Mitchell, with significant interest from Missouri, was four assists shy of a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Harrison Braudis had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Bishop Miege girls, ranked first in 4A, defeated St. James, 62-34, on Tuesday. Miege received 23 points from Payton Verhulst, one of the country’s best players. Gabi Henderson-Artis scored 14, and Ashton Verhulst tallied nine. SJA had 11 points from Faith Hawthorne, a Miege transfer.

On Tuesday, KC Piper boys rolled over Tonganoxie, 77-49, in a matchup of 4A ranked teams. KC Piper is ranked No. 1 in 4A, and Tonganoxie is ranked is eighth in 4A. On Thursday, the Chieftains bounced back with a 69-60 win versus Spring Hill. Tonganoxie is 5-3, and Piper is 10-0.

Kobe Campbell and Rose Hill are a team worth looking at. Campbell consistently puts up 20 points a night all season and has the Rockets into the rankings at number nine. The classification is loaded with talent that included Tamar Bates of Piper, Daquan Johnson of Parsons, Dariq Williams of Piper and Mark Mitchell of Bishop Miege to name a few highly regarded players. 

Kori Babock has had a big junior season for Chanute in averaging 20.4 points per game as the Comet girls team is in the top 10 of 4A KBCA.

Class 3A

In a huge Central Plains League contest, Cheney girls defeated Garden Plain, 46-36, on Tuesday. GP won the 3A state championship two years ago and 2A last winter. Garden Plain had won 12 straight contests dating back to a 51-47 overtime loss to Trinity Academy on Feb. 15 last year. It marked GP’s last defeat in regulation since a 56-47 loss to Rose Hill on Jan. 24 last year.

Garden Plain, ranked second in 2A behind Sterling, fell to 7-1. Cheney led 12-4 after the first quarter and 22-10 at halftime. Sophomore Lacy Luehrs earned Cardinal player of the game honors with 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting.

Cheney again had all of its points from non-seniors, including 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting from junior Kylie Scheer, the reigning 3A Player of the Year. Cheney, 8-1 after the win, moved up one spot in the 3A rankings from fourth to third in the Jan. 14 poll. Garden Plain outshot Cheney 46 to 40 percent. However, the Cardinals had a 4-2 edge in made 3-pointers. Cheney was also plus-three on the glass and had two fewer turnovers.

Cheney sophomore Brooklyn Wewe delivered five rebounds and four assists, while Scheer finished with six steals. Junior Alli Puetz paced Garden Plain with 17 points. Senior Natasha Dooley, a former 2A volleyball player of the year and recent Cloud County volleyball signing, had six points and four rebounds.

In a key Big Seven contest on Tuesday, Nemaha Central defeated Sabetha, 50-43. NC improved to 7-0 and continued to rank first in 3A. Sabetha dropped to 6-1. Both squads are in Hiawatha sub-state and have clearly been the top-two teams in the sub-state. Sabetha is ranked fourth in 3A.

Senior Alleigh Kramer and junior Cassidy Corby hit key 3s early, and Kramer had a fast break layup to break a 34-34 tie. NC was up 47-43 when Kramer had another fast break layup. NC had a plus-13 edge on the glass, and shot 40 percent from long range. As well, the Thunder shot 67 percent on free throws, Sabetha 43 percent. Nemaha Central has won two in a row and eight of the last nine in the series.

Also in the CKL on Tuesday, Haven girls pulled a minor upset versus Halstead with a 37-30 victory. Haven, with Oral Roberts signee Faith Paramore, is 6-2 and ranked No. 9 in 3A. The Wildcats have only lost to Sterling and Central Plains, ranked first in 2A and 1A, respectively. Halstead, ranked second in 3A, dropped to 7-1.

On Friday, Halstead defeated Hesston, 58-47, behind 27 points from Dragon junior standout Karenna Gerber.

In deep Class 3A, Thomas More Prep-Marian won its seventh straight and improved to 7-1 with a 65-44 road win versus WaKeeney-Trego on Tuesday. TMP led 31-28 at halftime. The Monarchs have averaged 65 points a contest. The Beloit sub-state is loaded with TMP, Beloit (6-1, No. 6 3A), improved Hoisington (5-1) and Minneapolis (7-2, No. 8 3A).

As well, the Cheney boys sub-state features Cheney (9-1), Eureka (6-2), Wichita Collegiate (6-2, No. 3), Caney Valley (5-3) and Chaparral (4-4) after Friday. Cheney was ranked tenth in 3A in the Dec. 23 poll. Collegiate has sophomore standout Gradey Dick, who already has 11 offers, including Baylor and Kansas.

Caney Valley has Camdyn Melchiori, one of the state’s leading scorers. Cheney has won four straight, including a 47-32 win versus Garden Plain on Tuesday and 69-62 versus Chaparral on Friday. GP is ranked second in 2A boys.

In a key 3A and CNC matchup, Baxter Springs girls defeated Columbus, 42-22. Baxter is 4-3 and Columbus dropped to 6-2. Columbus was ranked No. 8 in the Dec. 23 coaches’ poll. Both squads are in the Galena sub-state. This was a rare blowout in a back-and-forth rivalry. Columbus is 10-7 in the last 17 meetings. Before this matchup, the last nine meetings were decided by an average of 5.4 points. It marked the fewest points by any team in the series since Feb. 21, 2014.

Dawson Zenger of Rock Creek is having a breakout year for the Mustangs by averaging 25.2 points per game over his sophomore season. They are also in the top 5 of 3A at number four. 

Patrick Cassidy of Columbus (3A) is lighiting it up this season with 25.4 points per game. It wasn't long ago that Columbus boys basketball was even talked about. Now they have an opportunity to compete to get to a 3A state tournament in 2019. 

Beloit was last years 3A runner-up and still could be a force. Vincent Palen paces the Trojans with 16.9 points per game this season. He also has 3.6 assists and 4.1 boards per game as a returning all-state pick in 3A last season from SIK. 

Class 2A

WaKeeney-Trego, ranked fourth in 2A girls, improved to 8-0 with a milestone 62-40 home Mid-Continent League win versus Thomas More Prep-Marian on Tuesday. Last year, Trego lost to TMP on a last second 3-pointer as the Monarchs eventually went 9-0 in league play. TMP had its 37-game regular season MCL streak end last Friday versus Ellis. Libby Frost and Lili Shubert each paced the Golden Eagles with 22 points versus the Monarchs.

WaKeeney led 23-9 after the first quarter and 42-20 at halftime. Trego girls were 0-5 versus TMP since ’08.

On Friday, WaKeeney moved to 9-0 with a 65-15 win versus Ness City behind 22 points from Lili Shubert. Trego and Phillipsburg will be the favorites for the Mid-Continent League tournament next week.

On Friday, WaKeeney boys defeated Ness City, 46-27, at home and continue to make strides with fourth-year coach Sean Dreiling. TCHS is 6-3 and led 16-3 after the first quarter. Since 2010, Trego was 0-8 versus Ness City. Last year, the Golden Eagles were 7-13. Trego has not had a winning season on the boys’ side since 21-3 in ’08-09.

Spearville girls, which continue to rank fifth in 2A, improved to 9-0 after a 61-25 win versus Ness City on Tuesday. Senior Ehlaina Hartman, the reigning 2A volleyball player of the year and Emporia State basketball signing, averages 19.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 steals a contest. Junior Alissa Heskamp is at 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 steals a contest. Senior Brianna Ede has also put together a strong year with 10.6 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds.

On Isaiahh Loudermilk Day on Friday, West Elk girls, ranked No. 8 in 2A, defeated Central-Burden, 60-13, and improved to 8-0. Megan McClendon had 22 points, nine steals and six assists.

On the boys’ side, West Elk bested Central-Burden, 60-21. Senior Caleb Walker had 26 points and nine rebounds as WE improved to 4-4. Walker entered the contest with 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds a contest. Loudermilk played eight-man football for WE and is a starting defensive lineman for Wisconsin, which played in the Rose Bowl this January. West Elk junior Devin Loudermilk is Isaiahh’s brother and the team’s leading scorer with 17 points a contest through the first nine games. Devin tallied nine on Friday.

Dameion Hatten is one of the top scoring sophomores in Kansas at 25 points per game for the Sedan Blue Devils this season. He also grabs over nine rebounds per game

Sophomore Taylor Cable has stepped up big in 2020 after the graduation of multiple all-state players from the state champion Ness City program. He is averaging 16.2 points per game this season for the Eagles. 

Ehlaina Hartman continues a solid season as she is averaging nearly 20 points per ballgame. She was also the 2A Volleyball Player of the Year for Spearville this school year and has signed with Emporia State. 

Aubree Dewey is one of the top scorers in Kansas and headed to Washburn at the next level. Dewey is putting in 20.8 points per game this season. 

Grace Eck of Ellis is having a big year at 18.9 points per game as a sophomore. She also pulls down five rebounds per game.

Class 1A

No. 1 Central Plains defeated Sterling, 54-26, at home Tuesday. Sterling is ranked No. 1 in 2A. CP improved to 8-0 and bumped its all-time winning streak to 119 following the win. In the third quarter, senior point guard Emily Ryan took a hard fall and exited the game for a couple of minutes.

At first, coach Pat Stiles feared it could be a serious injury, but Ryan had the wind knocked out of her. Ryan collected 28 points and 11 rebounds as CP finished plus-21 on the glass. Ryan, an Iowa State signee, averages 29 points a game. She passed Sublette’s Shalee Lehning for fourth on the all-time scoring list.

Oiler senior Addison Crites, a Barton County volleyball signing, was excellent in the post with seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Sterling shot 8 of 41 from the field. Ryan said CP senior Delaney Rugan played one of her best games on the defensive end. The Oilers have permitted just 25 points a game.

St. John boys, down a spot from sixth to seventh in 1A boys’ basketball, earned a quality 46-38 home victory versus Ellinwood in Central Prairie League action Tuesday. Ellinwood, one of the state’s biggest surprises, jumped into the rankings for the first time this week at ninth in 2A. St. John finished plus-22 on the glass.

For Ellinwood, senior David Hammeke had 19 points, and freshman Britton Dutton tallied 10. St. John 6-foot-7, 215-pound senior forward Tanner Halling – perhaps 1A’s best defensive player – had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Senior Trey Fisher grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists. Senior Marshall Woolf tallied 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

St. John has won three in a row following Ellinwood. St. John has permitted just .68 points per possession and has a blocked shot on 14.8 percent of possessions, a terrific rate and an improvement from last winter. The Tigers have averaged .96 points per possession in a slower pace at 53.4 possessions a contest. Halling is at 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks a contest. Last winter, St. John earned the 1A runner-up to Central Plains. St. John improved to 14-0 versus Ellinwood since ’07.

South Gray girls, ranked No. 6 again in 1A, is 8-1 after its first nine contests with its lone loss to Spearville. Last Friday, SG earned a big win, 52-28, versus Stanton County. SC was ranked seventh in 2A on Dec. 23, though fell out of the poll after the loss. SG led 19-2 after the first quarter. On Tuesday, South Gray rolled over Satanta, 85-29. In the Stanton County victory, junior Megan Tarn had 15 points on 4 of 5 shooting, and junior Debbie Peters collected 16 points on 8 of 11.

Tarn was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc – after she entered 5 of 33. For the season, senior Christy Wiebe has delivered 17.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals. Peters has more than doubled her scoring from last year and is up to 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a contest in just 17 minutes of action a game.

In an upset, Washington County girls defeated Clifton-Clyde, 52-47, on Tuesday. C-C is ranked ninth in 1A and 8-1. WC improved to 4-2. WC held the Eagles to 40 percent shooting, 22 percent from beyond the arc.

Berean Academy boys are 10-0 after a 63-46 win versus a solid Sterling team Friday, the second victory against the Black Bears this winter. Berean is ranked third in 1A boys and own two victories against Sterling, the 67-61 overtime victory against Cheney and a 63-55 win versus Eureka, which was ranked eighth in 3A boys as of Dec. 23.

Tuck Lang had over 2,000 yards rushing in football in the 8-man ranks and is now over 25.3 points per game in basketball this season for Minneola. He also went over 1,000 points earlier this season. 

Cooper Wolf of South Haven continues to make the 20 plus point leaderboard around the state as the junior has averaging 23.1 points per game and five boards in 2019-2020. 

Jayden Garrison of Little River is having a monster year for his team with 23 points per game and six rebounds per contest. 

Scott Price of Bucklin is averaing 22.3 points per game this season. He went for over 40 in a game earlier this season. 

Brady Palen, one of the states top high jumpers headed to Wichita State, has had high flying dunks all season at tiny St. John's/Tipton. He is averaging 16.6 points per game so far for the Blujays. Lauryn Dubbert on the girls side has 19.6 points per game and is one of the top 1A players as a junior. 


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