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Basketball in Kansas: Around the State Update (2/16/20)

Brady Dinkel of St. Francis went over 1,000 career points.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Feb 16, 2020

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This past week featured St. John boys retiring Dean Wade’s jersey, a remarkable week for the Larned boys, several players reaching 1,000 career points and detailed looks at improvements from Olathe West girls and Hoisington boys. Plus, milestones for the Liberal girls and Phillipsburg girls – and a 2A girls’ sub-state where two teams remain perfect against Kansas teams. As well, Plainville senior Aubree Dewey tallies 40 points and Norton’s Tessa Hauser had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a Friday matchup. Our first highlight, though, comes in Ashland.

Sportsmanship between Satanta and Ashland boys

On Friday, Satanta boys won at Ashland, 59-50 in a great display of sportsmanship for both teams on Ashland’s Senior Night. Ashland, consistently a strong team under coach Garth Gardiner, has struggled to a 2-17 mark this season.

His son, two-time all-state senior Greysen Gardiner, suffered a knee injury in football and has missed all of basketball season. Before the game, coach Gardiner arranged with Satanta coach Tim Dusin for Greysen to start the game, get a layup and then call timeout to allow Greysen to walk off the home court one last time. Coach Dusin agreed.

At the end of the game, Satanta was comfortably ahead and the teams cleared both benches. Garth wasn’t planning on putting his son back in. However, one of the Satanta players yelled to put Greysen back in. Greysen re-entered and made a 3-pointer that brought emotions. He finished the year with five points on 2 of 2 shooting. The 6-2 Greysen scored 638 points in his first three seasons and collectively averaged 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Notable Scorers Around the State (Season PPG)

Boys

Brayden Sadler (Udall 1A) – 26.9 ppg, Jordan Vincent (Eisenhower 5A) – 25.6 ppg, Dawson Zenger (Rock Creek 3A) – 25.5 ppg, Jackie Johnson (Wichita Southeast 6A) – 25.5 ppg, Tuck Lang (Minneola 1A) – 23.5 ppg, Kaden Bradstreet (Dighton 1A) – 23.3 ppg, Jayden Garrison (Little River 1A) – 22.7 ppg, Trey Reid (Maize South 5A) – 22.3 ppg, Xavier Bell (Andover Central 5A) – 22.3 ppg, Scott Price (Bucklin 1A) -22.3 ppg, Patrick Cassidy (Columbus 3A )– 21.3 ppg, Cooper Wolf (South Haven 1A) – 20.9 ppg, Conor Haviland (Humboldt 3A) -20.1 ppg

Girls

Emily Ryan (Central Plains 1A) – 29 ppg, Kylee Scheer (Cheney 3A) – 23.5 ppg, Aubree Dewey (Plainville 2A) – 22.5 ppg, Lauryn Dubbert (St. Johns/Tipton 1A) – 21.0 ppg, Kiki Smith (Topeka 6A) – 20.6 ppg, Ehlaina Hartman (Spearville 2A) – 20.5 ppg, Kori Babcock (Chanute 4A) – 20.2 ppg, Kara Koester (Conway Springs 3A) – 18.7 ppg, Brittiney Byers (South Haven 1A) – 18.6 ppg, Trinity Lutters (Osborne 1A) – 18.4 ppg, Amiah Simmons (BV Southwest 5A) – 18.3 ppg, Nijaree Canady (Topeka 6A) – 18.1 ppg

Class 6A

Haysville Campus, ranked No. 1 in 6A, defeated Maize, 75-60 on Friday. The Colts are 16-0. Forward Keither Florence, a transfer from Wichita Heights, led with 21 points.

Liberal girls, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, rolled over Hays High, 62-29, on Senior Night on Friday. Liberal clinched its fourth straight Western Athletic Conference title last week. Senior Night celebrated the outstanding careers of notably point guard Katie Horyna and post Machia Mullens, both Division I signees with Abilene Christian and Kansas City, respectively. Against HHS, Liberal shot 58 percent, according to Liberal broadcaster Brock Kappelmann.

Liberal seniors are 37-0 at home, and the Redskins overall have captured 39 in a row at home. As well, the Redskins have won 51 straight in the regular season and 21 straight in conference play. Liberal is 17-0, 6-0 in the WAC this season. Mullen had 17 points, Aubrey Warden with 10 points and six rebounds. Horyna finished with 10 points, four assists and three steals. Ashley Carillo finished with eight points and six assists.

Sunflower Smack, a media entity that regularly covers the Sunflower League girls’ basketball, lists Shawnee Mission Northwest in first at 15-3, while Olathe West stands at 13-3, and Shawnee Mission West is 11-4. Olathe West leads the Sunflower League at 8-0, with four teams (Olathe South, East and North, and SM West) all with two league losses. Olathe West has continued to have a big season from junior Bailey Collar, who was at 14.8 points per game, entering the week.

Additionally, OW’s Mackenzie Hart paces her team with four assists and four steals a game, the later that leads her league. Olathe West picked up its fourth straight victory last Tuesday at Lawrence Free State, 66-62. OW is in its third season in school history and has made a big change from 6-15 and 7-12 the last two years. OW plays versus Gardner-Edgerton on Tuesday and is at Olathe South on Friday. Notably, OW defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest, 55-41, on Feb. 4.

Shawnee Mission Northwest and Olathe West lead 6A East. On the west side, Wichita Heights, Liberal and Topeka High are all 17-0. Topeka High is ranked first in 6A, followed by Liberal, W. Heights and Olathe West. Liberal won at Olathe West earlier this season.

On Friday, Topeka High led 13-4 after the first quarter and scored a key 48-41 victory versus Washburn Rural in the Centennial League. Rural defeated Topeka High for the 6A title last season. WR is currently ranked sixth in 6A.

Sophomore Nijaree Canady finished with 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting. As well, Topeka shot 8 of 17 on 3-pointers. Junior Ja’Neysha Hendricks and freshman Kiki Smith each finished with five assists. Senior Ariyna Grassity had four assists – for the season, Grassity delivers 3.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Kiki Smith is at 20.6 points a contest, and Canady has 18.1 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

Class 5A

Salina Central is without senior Kadyn Cobb, who suffered a torn ACL earlier this month. Cobb has signed with Missouri Western. Central defeated rival Salina South, 51-39 in a game it led 32-18 at halftime. On Tuesday, SC beat Hutchinson, 40-37. Versus South, Central had all but two of its points from freshmen and sophomores. Notably, Aubrie Kierscht continued her excellent season with 18 points, while sophomore Hampton Williams tallied 13 and sophomore Landry Stewart added 10.

Kierscht was 3 of 5 from long range as the Mustangs shot 7 of 14 on 3s. Additionally, Central finished plus-14 on the glass with Williams at 11 rebounds, and sophomore Chaliscia Samilton tallied 18. Cobb, who played in 11 games, averaged 6.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 2.8 assists. Kierscht is at 17.6 points, and Williams delivers 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. As well, Kierscht is shooting 39 percent (46 of 119) from long range, and 83 percent (50 of 60) from the foul line. SC is ranked fourth in 5A at 14-2.

According to the EKL Prep Report, Aquinas and Bishop Miege are 15-2 and 14-2, while Blue Valley North is 14-4. Aquinas and Miege are 5-0 and 4-0, respectively, while Blue Valley North stands at 5-1. Aquinas is ranked second in 5A girls, Miege is first in 4A, and BVN is eighth in 6A.

Pittsburg senior Gavyn Elkamil has been a force since he's been a freshman. Elkamil had 38 points on Friday for the Purple Dragons who could be a team to make some noise in 5A with their solid schedule. Javon Grant is also one of the top 5A players and is capable of putting up over 20 a night in any game. Elkamil has multiple Division I offers but will reclassify and play at Link Year Prep next year while not losing any collegiate eligibility. 

Kade Hackerott of Goddard has lit up the scoredboard all season for the Lions (9-7). SHe had 26 on Friday in the loss to Andover Central in OT. Hackerott will play at UCM next season in the MIAA. 

Class 4A

Parsons boys continue to rank as one of the state’s best teams. The Vikings defeated Independence, 53-25, and moved to 16-1, 9-0 in the Southeast Kansas League. Daquan Johnson scored 14 points, and Dariq Williams tallied 13. The Vikings are one win away from at least a share of the SEK League title, according to SE Kansas media. Parsons is ranked second in 4A behind defending champion KC Piper.

Independence girls defeated Parsons, 56-51 and improved to 10-7.

Chanute girls are 11-5 after a 68-45 win versus Coffeyville Field Kindley. Entering the contest, junior Kori Babcock has 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.2 assists a contest in one of the state’s best statistical lines. Against Coffeyville, Babcock had a career-high 30 points, including six treys. She also had seven assists. Senior Makayla Schoenhofer, who has 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game, delivered eight points and 11 rebounds.

Last year, Chanute went 13-8 with 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists a contes from Babcock. Chanute is ranked tenth in 4A.

On Friday, Nickerson girls defeated Haven, 44-37, in a game that had significant Central Kansas League ramifications. Nickerson had to lost Haven twice: 41-34 on Dec. 17, and 54-46 on Feb. 1. Nickerson is ranked fifth in 4A, and Haven is second in 3A.

Buhler boys defeated Augusta, 57-38, in a home game Friday. Augusta is ranked fourth in 4A and dropped to 12-4. Buhler is 10-6 and ranked eighth.

Circle girls are 14-2 and ranked third in 4A. On Friday, the Thunderbirds defeated El Dorado, 64-49. Junior Kimalee Cook is at 16.9 points a game, while senior Mallory Cowman delivers 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Class 3A

On Friday, Phillipsburg girls clinched its first Mid-Continent League regular season title since 1973 with a 55-46 home win versus TMP. The Panthers earned a critical win at WaKeeney-Trego on Feb. 7 and earned home wins versus Norton and TMP last week. Phillipsburg, which is unranked in 3A, is part of a very deep classification.

The Panthers, which finished second at league tournament to WaKeeney, have enjoyed a huge season from freshman Taryn Sides as well as nice years from role players like Emily Schneider and Meredith Jacobs. Sides delivered 22 points in the victory. Phillipsburg is 16-3, 8-1 in the MCL.

Larned boys enjoyed a highlighted week and improved to 13-3. On Tuesday, the Indians, part of a six-way tie for No. 10 in the Class 3A poll, defeated Haven, 61-55, in overtime at home. Haven is ranked second in 3A. On Friday, Larned beat Hillsboro, 51-50, on a game-winning shot inside from senior Brock Skelton at home. The Indians travel to Hesston, ranked first in 3A, on Tuesday.

TMP girls defeated a solid Sacred Heart team, 67-45, on Saturday at Al Billinger Fieldhouse in Hays. TMP, a perennial power, has struggled this season, notably after leading scorer Adell Riedel went down with significant injury in January. The Monarchs had a 15-2 run in the second half, according to Monarch broadcaster Jonathan Zweygardt. Kyleigh Allen tallied 16 points, and TMP improved to 6-11. Sacred Heart dropped to 12-5.

Cheney girls had another big week with a 74-54 win versus Trinity Academy last Tuesday, and then defeated rival Garden Plain, 43-40, on Tuesday. Cheney has defeated GP, which is a two-time defending state champion. Lexi Cline earned the team’s player of the game versus Trinity Academy with 16 points on seven of eight shooting and seven assists.

Junior Kylie Scheer, the reigning 3A Player of the Year and an Emporia State commit, went over 1,000 career points last week. Scheer tallied 31 points with 12 of 23 shooting, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range. Scheer is at 23.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 steals a contest. Cline is at 4.9 points and a team-high 4.2 assists. Cheney is 14-3 and is eighth in 3A.

On Friday, Hoisington raced out to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter and easily defeated Halstead, 61-25. Last Tuesday, the Cardinals earned a key road win, 76-56, at Plainville, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 in 2A this season. Junior Drew Nicholson finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds versus Plainville, while junior Mason Haxton tallied 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Versus Halstead, Nicholson scored 15 points and nine rebounds, and Haxton had 13 points, along with eight assists and six rebounds. Hoisington is 14-3, with just one senior that averages more than 1.2 points per contest. Nicholson, who missed the first five games, averages 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Haxton is at 12.2 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Hoisington went 10-11 last season. While the Cardinals are known for its offense and quick pace, Hoisington has made significant changes on the defensive end. Last year, Hoisington had 55.2 possessions per game with .944 points per possession and .862 points allowed per possession. The Cardinals collected 26 percent of available offensive rebounds.

This year, Hoisington is up to 57.2 possession per game. The offense is up to 1.02 points per possession, though is significantly better to .730 points allowed per possession. Hoisington collects 33 percent of available offensive rebounds. The Cardinals are part of the six-way tie for tenth in 3A boys.

Halstead’s Kareena Garber scored a career-high 31 points in a 48-34 win versus Hoisington on Friday. Gerber, one of the state’s top juniors with significant Division II interest, is just shy of 1,000 career points. Halstead is 14-3 with two losses to Haven (No. 3 in 3A) and a defeat to Nickerson (No. 5 in 4A). The Dragons have ranked as high as second in 3A this season and is currently seventh.

In a wild game last Tuesday, Holcomb defeated Lakin, 83-78. Lakin led Holcomb, 19-15, after the first quarter, but Holcomb led by two entering halftime. Both teams shot at least 47 percent from the field and combined for 17 treys. For Lakin, Hunter Davis finished with 26 points, including 9 of 9 from the free throw line.

Sonnie Altman delivered 19 points, and Connor Hudson had 14. For Holcomb, Zephyn Mason delivered 27 points, including 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Jackson Stoppel had 23 points with 9 of 12 from foul line. Braxton Sizemore had 14 points. Holcomb is 10-6 after a Friday loss to Ulysses, and Lakin stands at 14-3 and is also part of the six-way tie for tenth in 3A.

In a matchup of two of the state’s leading scorers, Norton won at Plainville, 63-58. Norton is very junior-heavy with all but one point coming from juniors. Junior Tessa Hauser delivered 19 points on seven of 12 shooting, along with 14 rebounds and five assists. Plainville senior Aubree Dewey, a Washburn signing, tallied 40 points on 16 of 28 shooting and 12 of 19 from the foul line. For the season, Dewey is at 22.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.3 assists a game. The 6-foot-2 Hauser delivers 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds a contest.

Abe Siebenmorgen of Maur Hill-Mount Academy had a huge Friday night in which he scored 34 points in the 58-36 win over Oskaloosa. MHMA is 11-4 this season. 

Gabe Garber is a known football and baseball star in 3A but not so much known statewide in basketball. Garber has lit it up this season in the scoring column going over 20 multiple times including 28 points on Friday for the 9-7 Bluejays as they beat Perry Lecompton 52-47. They've now won five in a row. 

Class 2A

In a Saturday battle of ranked teams, Sacred Heart boys came back from a 10-point deficit and won at TMP, 54-48. The Monarchs led 9-0 early and 31-25 in the second half. However, SH snapped a 38-38 tie and went on to win. SH, which recently fell in league play to Minneapolis, is ranked second in Class 2A. Minneapolis and TMP are in the same sub-state. TMP is ranked seventh in 3A and is 13-3. Sacred Heart improved to 15-2. Jackson Schulte paced the Monarchs with 21 points, and Caleb Gilliland paced SH with 18.

Senior Tate Herrenbruck has averaged more than 18 points per game for the Knights, though has not played since Feb. 3. Gilliland is just over 10 points a contest. SH is 25-1, 25-1, 22-4, 17-6 and 15-2 the last five years. On Friday, TMP came from 20 down to defeat Phillipsburg on the road.

Spearville, which moved to No. 1 in 2A girls this week, remained perfect at 18-0. Spearville and WE are the lone undefeated squads in 2A. This past week, Spearville defeated Ingalls, 58-35, on Tuesday, and beat Bucklin, 52-28. Entering last week, Senior Ehlaina Hartman, an Emporia State signing, is up to 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.4 assists.

Junior Alissa Heskamp averages 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.8 steals a contest. Senior Brianna Ede delivers 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Spearville plays at a quicker pace with 61 possessions a contest, along with .930 points per possession and .506 points allowed a possession. Spearville collects 38.1 percent of available offensive rebounds.

West Elk girls, up to No. 2 this week, improved to 17-0 with a 60-45 victory against Argonia on Friday. Junior Madelyne Koop had another big game with 13 points and seven rebounds a contest. Last Tuesday, Koop had 12 points and 17 rebounds in a 39-38 victory versus Sedan. Koop is up to 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

Senior Megan McClendon averages 14.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals. West Elk continues to be a highly efficient and great offensive rebounding team. WE is at 55 possessions for .946 points per possession and has allowed just .495 points allowed a possession. The Patriots have collected 39.8 percent of available offensive rebounds, an outstanding rate.

In a battle of two ranked teams on Friday, Cedar Vale-Dexter boys delivered an outstanding defensive effort in a 44-33 win versus Udall. Senior Devin Catlin tallied 13 points, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers, while senior Clayton Henderson tallied 11 points. CV-D is 16-1 and ranked No. 1 10 in 2A, and Udall is ninth in 1A. Catlin is at 16.8 points per contest with Henderson and junior Cole Criss are both nine points a game.

Catlin is statistically the state’s best long-range shooter with 53 percent (42 of 80) from 3-point range. He is also shooting 50 percent on 2-point shots and 76 percent from the free throw line. In the last three years, Catlin is a collective 47 percent (115-243) from long range. The state record is Ottawa’s Isaac McCullough at 49.9 percent from 2014-17.

Erie girls improved to 11-6 after a 52-43 victory at Yates Center on Friday. YC led 16-13 after the first quarter, but Erie gained separation with a 10-3 margin in the third quarter. Last Monday, Erie held on to beat Baxter Springs, 52-51. Junior Maddie Kramer tallied 20 points versus YC. The Red Devils are very balanced with Kramer, junior Skylar Clevenger and senior Molly Laforge all average between 9.4 and 10.7 points per contest. Last season, Erie lost twice to Baxter Springs.

Elkhart girls are 15-3 and have not lost since Jan. 7. This past week, the Wildcats defeated Turpin (Okla.), 66-57. Elkhart has not lost to a Kansas team this year and will host a sub-state that includes Spearville. Elkhart, which remains unranked in 2A, has received 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game from junior Chevelle Ralstin. Overall, Elkhart has captured 11 straight games. The Wildcats are at .745 points per possession and have a strong defense (.587 points allowed per possession) and offensive rebounding rate (34.5 percent).

Trego girls defeated Stockton, 71-28, last week and then had its Friday game versus Quinter rescheduled to this week. Lili Shubert had 22 points, and Gracie Pfannenstiel tallied 12. One-loss Trego is fourth in 2A.

Uniontown sophomore Danielle Howard is one of the top multiple sport sophomores in the Southeast Kansas area and should contend for state titles in track and field this spring. She's also having a breakout basketball season as she had 23 points on Friday for the Eagles in the 55-35 victory over Pleasanton. Uniontown currently sits at the best record in their sub-state at Yates Center at 12-3. 

Josie Weishaar is one of the top players in the state that's headed to Missouri Western next season. In addition to getting homecoming queen on Friday she also scored 32 points. The Chargers, led by head coach Steve Noll, are 16-1 on the season and could very much be a factor in 2A. Their sub-state at Horton is loaded with Jackson Heights, Valley Heights and Horton with very solid records. 

Class 1A

Osborne’s Steele Wolters tallied 36 points for the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs in its 81-69 victory versus Stockton. Osborne remained undefeated.

Stockton girls defeated Osborne on Friday, 55-51. Senior Shae Griffin who recently cleared 1,000 career points, delivered 20. Osborne (15-0) and Berean Academy (17-0) are the only perfect teams left in 1A boys, and are ranked first and second, respectively.

Goessel’s Dylan Lindeman cleared 1,000 career points, along with St. Francis’ Brady Dinkel, and Central Christian’s Adam Hall. Goessel is 12-5, and St. Francis is 11-5 and Central Christian 10-6.

Sedan defeated Caldwell, 63-58 with a 22-13 margin in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Damieon Hattan is at 18 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

St. John, which has a key matchup versus Coldwater-South Central on Tuesday, easily defeated Victoria, 72-37, on Friday in a game when the Tigers retired Dean Wade’s No. 32 jersey. Wade, who graduated in 2015, helped St. John to the longest boys’ basketball winning streak in Kansas history. He started four years at Kansas State and is currently with the Canton Charge, the G league team for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Seniors Tanner Halling and Marshall Woolf and sophomore Elijah Delp all finished with 12 points. SJ blocked 11 shots, including four from Halling. SJ is fourth in 1A at 15-3.

Last Tuesday, South Gray boys defeated South Central, 80-63, in a rematch from the third-place game in the Southern Plains Iroquois tournament. In that game, SC had significant losses, notably with Owen Alexander and Xavier Frazier because of illness and concussion, respectively. This time, Brady Deges had 26 points and seven assists for the Rebels. Frazier had 25 points and eight rebounds. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field. However, SC was plus-eight on the glass and had five fewer turnovers. SG is 16-2, and South Central is 14-4.

South Gray is seventh and South Central eighth in 1A.

After significant graduation losses, Coldwater-South Central girls’ basketball has clinched another winning season with a 61-35 win Friday against Pawnee Heights. Sophomore Sierra Jellison is at 17.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, and freshman Kodie Herd delivers 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. SC is 13-5.

Harford girls are 13-5, including a 36-26 victory against Lyndon on Friday that featured 17 points from Bailey Darbyshire.


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