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Basketball in Kansas: Around the State Update (2/24/20)

Neleh Davis went over 1,000 points last week. (photo: Lori Bishop)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Feb 24, 2020

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Around the State Stat Update

Points Per Game

Boys: Brayden Sadler (Udall – 1A 27.8), Jackie Johnson (Wichita SE – 6A 27.7), Jordan Vincent (Eisenhower – 5A 25.4), Xavier Bell (Andover Central – 5A 23.3), Kaden Bradstreet (Dighton – 1A 23.3), Trey Reid (Maize South – 5A 22.3), Tuck Lang (Minneola – 1A 22.1), Cooper Wolf (South Haven – 1A 21.1), Patrick Cassidy (Columbus – 3A 20.6), Conor Haviland (Humboldt – 2A 20.1)

Girls: Emily Ryan (Central Plains – 1A 29 ppg), Aubree Dewey (Plainville – 2A 23.6), Kylee Scheer (Cheney – 3A 23.4) Ehlaina Hartman (Spearville 2A 20.6), Lauryn Dubbert (SJ/Tipton – 1A 20.3), Kiki Smith (Topeka – 6A 20.2), Kori Babcock (Chanute 4A – 19.6), Trinity Lutters (Osborne 1A 19.1), Kare Koester (Conway Springs – 3A 19 ppg), Brittney Byers (South Haven – 1A 18.9), Nijaree Canady (Topeka 6A 18.4), Amiah Simmons (BV Southwest – 5A 18.0)

Rebounds Per Game

Boys: Ware (Jayhawk Linn – 2A 12.1), Campuzano (Rural Vista 1A – 11.8), Cayde Welsch (Triplains – Brewster – 1A 11.5), Andrew Hills (Oxford 1A – 11.3), Jason Friesen (Maranatha 2A 10.9), Harley Weese (Golden Plains – 1A 10.6), Austin Coffman (Central Heights 3A 10.0), Alex Littlejohn (Carroll 5A 9.9)

Girls: Jenna Pfau (Oskaloosa 2A 15.1), Karsyn Youngblood (Columbus 3A 12.4), Kayler Getz (Quinter – 1A 11.8), Anna Carter (Decatur Co. – 1a 11.6), Kade Hackerott (Goddard – 5A 11.1), Courtney Stone (Santa Fe Trail – 3A 11.0), Tessa Hauser (Norton – 3A 10.8), Madelyne Koop (West Elk – 2A 10.6), Chevelle Ralstin (Elkhart 2A 10.5), Jenna Harvey (Baldwin 4A 10.5), Britlyn Beach (Ingalls – 1A 10.4), Sami Bartels (Marysville – 3A 10.2), Anna Briggs (Quinter – 1A 10.2), Courtney Wright (Triplains -Brewster – 1A 10.1), Nijaree Canady (Topeka – 6A 9.9)

Assists Per Game:

Boys: Dariq Williams (Parsons - 4A 8.5), Kyler Haffner (Wheatland/Grinnell – 1A 7.1), Lonnell Lane (JC Harmon – 6A 6.1), Kaleb Gaddis (Andover – 5A 5.6), Eli Isaacs (Valley Center – 5A 5.4), Ty Sides (Phillipsburg – 3A 5.3), Jarod Crawford (Central Heights 3A 5.1), Kylan Cunningham (Lakeside 2A 5.1), Walzel Evans (JC Harmon -6A 5.0)

Girls: Jaden Newfarmer (Andover Central – 5A 6.3), Kori Babcock (Chanute – 4A 5.2), Jenna Pfau (Oskaloosa – 2A 4.8), Traci Cramer (Dighton – 1A 4.8), Anna Burnett (Baldwin – 4A 4.5), Aubree Dewey (Plainville – 2A 4.3), Charlotte Taylor (Wichita Independent – 3A 4.2), Lexi Cline (Cheney – 3A 4.2) Sydney Niiles (Derby – 6A 4.0),

Mid-Continent League duo of Ellis’ Grace Eck and Trego’s Lili Shubert highlight 1,000 point scorers from last Tuesday; Ellis’ Zachary Eck close to 1,000

On Feb. 7, WaKeeney-Trego girls’ basketball coach Donnie Shubert was asked about his daughter, junior Lili Shubert, closing on 1,000 career points. Some players and programs are aware of the upcoming milestones, while others have chosen not to discuss points with its team.

WaKeeney-Trego, then ranked first in Class 2A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and currently third in the poll, is known for its stifling pack line defense. Last winter, WaKeeney-Trego finished fourth in 2A for its best finish in 42 years and returned 95 percent of its scoring.

“We don’t even really talk about stats,” coach Shubert said. “That’s one thing we don’t talk about. The stats we talk about are defense, rebounding and winning games. That’s all we concentrate on really.”

For Ellis, junior Grace Eck and her family was aware of the impending milestone. On Tuesday, an extremely unique achievement occurred when both Lili Shubert and Eck cleared 1,000 career points in the same game.

WaKeeney-Trego defeated Ellis, 71-27, in a Mid-Continent League contest between two rivals located 20 miles apart in neighboring counties along I-70. Both were honored after the game and took a picture together with their posters commemorating the achievement.

According to archives at mclhighschool.com, Shubert is already her team’s all-time leading scorer. An all-state selection in volleyball and basketball, Shubert surpassed Catie Riedel (2007-10) and Hannah Dietz (2008-12). Riedel finished with 883 points, Dietz at 875.

Trego, which captured the Mid-Continent League tournament for the first time in school history in January, completed the regular season at 19-1 after wins at Quinter and home against Smith Center on Thursday and Friday, respectively. WaKeeney and Ellis (9-10) are both in the Ellis sub-state. Trego has clinched the top seed, while Ellis is at Oakley for the regular season final on Tuesday.

Grace Eck is the daughter of Mark Eck, the Ellis head boys’ basketball coach. She delivered 19.5 points per game as a sophomore. Her brother, Zachary, is a senior who averages 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a contest Ellis is 14-5 and ranked fifth in 2A. Zachary could clear 1,000 career points versus Oakley.

Multiple statewide standouts reach 1,000 career points Tuesday

Halstead junior Kareena Gerber, who has received significant collegiate interest, went over 1,000 career points. She averages 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. Halstead and Haven, both in the Central Kansas League, are each 16-3 and lead the Halstead sub-state. Halstead is sixth in 3A, and Haven fourth.

Scott City’s Emily Weathers has helped the Beavers to a 17-2 mark and top seed in the Cimarron sub-state. Weathers has signed with Emporia State and cleared 1,000 points last Tuesday. Scott City is ranked fifth in 3A.

Beloit senior Vincent Palen also cleared 1,000 points after a huge junior year that yielded a Class 3A state runner-up showing to Girard. Beloit is 16-3 after a 55-51 road victory against Minneapolis on Friday. The top-five scorers are all seniors, and Palen has 15.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists a contest. Beloit is ranked ninth in 3A.

Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton junior Lauryn Dubbert has led the Blujays to a 15-4 mark. The youngest of four siblings with three older brothers, Lauryn became the third sibling to reach 1,000 career points. She averages 20.3 points and 5.1 steals a game, both among the state’s leaders.

Lakin senior Sonnie Altman, a first-year transfer from nearby Leoti-Wichita County, cleared 1,000 points. Lakin is 16-3 after an 82-60 home win Tuesday versus Elkhart, and then a 79-49 home victory versus Syracuse on Friday. Altman scored 20 points versus Elkhart. After the victory, Lakin is at 71.1 points per game and 1.05 points per possession. Altman has 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Hunter Davis leads Lakin with 19.9 points and 5.3 assists a contest.

Kinsley’s Josena Frame went over 1,000 in a Central Prairie League road victory against Victoria. Josena comes from a long line of successful Frames at Kinsley, including Nathan and Scout. Kinsley is 10-9 this winter on a team that has four seniors. The Coyotes host its own regional next week. Nathan played football at Sterling College and was first team all-KCAC as a senior. He is currently a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Scout earned first team all-KJCCC East and cleared 1,000 points and 500 rebounds at Cloud County, only the second player in CC history to clear both. Scout is currently at Flagler (Fla.) College.

Lebo junior Devan McEwen cleared 1,000 points Tuesday. The Wolves are 16-3.

Also on Tuesday, Doniphan West’s Makinley Smith went over 1,000 points in her senior year. DW is 13-8.

Friday’s 1,000 point scorers include Olpe’s Davis, Little River’s Garrison

Olpe’s Neleh Davis hit 1,000 career points in a 76-29 victory against Whitewater-Remington. Davis has been a key player all four years for the Eagles. Her mother, Carolyn Davis, is the longtime assistant coach for Olpe’s Jesse Nelson, the state’s all-time winningest coach with more than 900 victories. Olpe is 20-0 and ranked second in 1A behind Central Plains.

Little River’s Jayden Garrison cleared 1,000 points and completed the regular season with a 17-3 mark. LR has not lost since Jan. 25 and defeated Inman, 57-49, on Friday. Inman was a Class 2A Final Four squad last winter.

Hartford’s Bailey Darbyshire reached 1,000 career points Friday. Hartford is 13-7 after the 50-35 loss to Northern Heights.

On Friday, KC Sumner’s Jordyn Rowe had 38 points, including 10 treys, along with six steals and three assists in a 66-32 home win against Wyandotte. Sumner is 12-6. Rowe was recognized at halftime for clearing 1,000 points last week at Atchison. Sumner has posted a winning season ever year since 2013-14.

Emily Ryan continues to move up on career lists

Claflin-Central Plains senior point guard Emily Ryan passed Andover’s Susan Woolf for third on the all-time state scoring list. Ryan has 2,862 career points and led Central Plains to its 131st straight victory, which extended its all-time state mark. Ryan is only behind Claflin’s Jackie Stiles and Moundridge’s Laurie Koehn.

Ryan, an Iowa State commit, continues to lead the state in scoring with more than 28 points a contest. Central Plains, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, is 20-0 entering regionals next week. CP defeated Kinsley, 62-21, on Friday. Central Plains has an average score of 77-19. The Oilers have won every contest by at least 20 points. Current CP coach Pat Stiles is Jackie Stiles’ father.

Osborne boys with potential state record

Osborne boys, ranked No. 1 in 1A, defeated Chase, 100-25, on Friday. The Bulldogs made a remarkable 28 treys. Nine players sunk at least one 3. Steele Wolters, who recently cleared 1,000 career points, had 24 points on eight treys, according to NCKS Sports. Osborne likely set a state record in the win. The state mark is 22 by Pratt-Skyline against Fairfield in 2019, according to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Osborne is 18-0.

Plainville’s Dewey clears 1,900 career points

Plainville girls moved to 9-10 with a 51-37 victory against Hill City on Friday. Senior Aubree Dewey delivered 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory. Dewey, a Washburn signing, averages 24 points a game. Dewey cleared 1,900 points in the victory. She is third all-time in Mid-Continent League history in total points behind Osborne’s Brooke Ubelaker (1999-2003) and Smith Center’s Dayna Finch (1996-2000).

League races highlighted by Olathe West, City League, Koop’s 24 points and 25 rebounds for West Elk

On Friday, Olathe West, ranked fourth in Class 6A girls and featured on Sports in Kansas earlier this week, continued its remarkable turnaround season with a 47-44 buzzer-beating victory versus Olathe South. Junior Mackenzie Hart, in a moment that has already gone viral, dribbled down the court and hit a game-winning 3 from just right of the top of the arc. This marks the second buzzer-beater win for OW this winter after a 33-32 road victory versus Olathe East on Feb. 7.

West, in its third year of existence, won just two Sunflower League games last year. This winter, West is 15-3 and 10-0 in league play. OW has clinched at least a share of the Sunflower title with two games left and is in position for the top seed in Class 6A East. The Owls are the only girls’ team that was unranked after Christmas and is now currently in the top-five. Hart, top-two in the Sunflower League each of the last two years in assists and rebounds, and junior Bailey Collar, one of the conference’s top scorers, have paced the deep team.

Overall, OW held a 43-12 edge in 3-point shooting percentage versus Olathe South, a longtime 6A power. OS shot 35 percent from the field. In addition to Hart’s 3, Collar, senior Anaiya Uhde and Maddy McGavran sunk treys. Junior Michelle Anderson and sophomore Alexis Newman each had a block, and Uhde made a key steal late to set up the last-second shot. Olathe West has won seven in a row.

Haysville-Campus boys, ranked first in Class 6A, won the AVCTL Division I title with a 62-54 victory versus Derby. Campus won the first conference title in program history. The Colts are 18-0 with games at Goddard on Tuesday and versus Hutchinson on Thursday. Derby is seventh in 6A.

Wichita Heights girls clinched its second straight City League title and improved to 19-0 with an 82-31 win versus Wichita North on Friday. In 6A girls, Topeka High, Liberal and Wichita Heights continue to be undefeated and rank first, second and third, respectively. Heights defeated Wichita Southeast, 68-28, on Tuesday. Heights’ Ashton Conley has elected to play both basketball and soccer at Butler County Community College.

Heights continues to have significant collegiate interest for many of its players and had representation from Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Butler and Pratt at Tuesday’s contest. Heights has several of the best players in the state, including junior Laniah Randle and sophomore Zyanna Walker.

McPherson girls, ranked first in 5A, won its 13th straight league championship with a 46-35 victory against Towanda-Circle, ranked third in 4A. Seniors Emma Ruddle and Kassie Cooks and junior Grace Pyle had 10 points. Washburn signing Andrea Sweat has been out virtually all season with a torn ACL, though saw the court on the opening tip-off on Senior Night. McPherson is 18-1.

On Tuesday, Bishop Carroll boys captured its first City League title in program history. Carroll, ranked No. 1 in 5A, stands at 19-0 entering the regular season finale at Wichita Heights on Tuesday. BC collected the crown with a 61-48 road victory against Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the Holy War contest last Tuesday. Since Jan. 15, Carroll has just one single-figure victory.

West Elk girls, ranked No. 4 in 2A, improved to 19-0 and won the South Central Border League championship with a 44-33 win versus South Haven. WE received another huge performance from junior Madelyne Koop with 24 points and 25 rebounds. West Elk, which owns a victory against St. Paul in non-league, has permitted just 27.2 points per contest. WE will play host to Eureka and legendary coach Shelly Hoyt in Tuesday’s regular season finale.

Koop transferred back to WE after she played at Eureka last winter and helped the Tornadoes to their first-ever girls’ state tournament berth. Koop is at 15.7 points and 10.6 rebounds, while senior Megan McClendon has 14.7 points a contest. Koop has double-figures in all but one game this year.

St. Paul girls won its seventh straight Three Rivers League title with a 52-16 victory against Yates Center. SP led 30-4 after the first quarter. St. Paul had strong play from its underclassmen. Sophomore Elise Doherty led with 13 points, while sophomore Emerald Struthers tallied 11 and freshman Josie Harris had 11. Senior Taylor Wiatrak, a multiple-year starter, finished with 10. St. Paul improved to 16-4 entering regionals this week.

Parsons boys won the Southeast Kansas League championship with a 65-35 victory against Chanute. As well, Labette County girls won its fifth crown in six seasons with a 69-35 victory against Coffeyville. For Parsons, it marked the 33rd SEK league championship, according to league historian Scott Nuzum. As well, it marked the first time Parsons won the SEK for the first time since tying with Independence in 2011-12. Parsons’ last outright title came in ’10-11. Zeke Lyons and Dariq Williams led Parsons with 21 and 16 points. The Vikings are ranked second in 4A boys behind K.C. Piper.

Spearville girls, ranked No. 1 in 2A, ended the regular season 20-0 and won the Southern Plains Iroquois title with a 63-49 road win versus Coldwater-South Central. Freshman Kodie Herd paced South Central with 20 points.

Thomas More Prep-Marian boys defeated Stockton, 74-51, at home Friday. Senior Carson Jacobs scored 20 points for the Monarchs. TMP, ranked No. 10 in 3A, is 14-4 and 7-1 in the Mid-Continent League. The Monarchs will travel to Plainville on Tuesday. A win gives the Monarchs the league title. Phillipsburg has already won the MCL girls’ crown.

Nickerson girls defeated Hesston, 57-49, and won the Central Kansas League girls’ title. Nickerson is 17-2 and leads 4A West in winning percentage. The Panthers also average 52 points a contest, best in 4A West. Nickerson is ranked fifth in 4A.

Kremeier sets school record for Herington

Herington sophomore Tristyn Kremeier broke the Railers’ single-season 3-pointer record Friday’s 61-48 loss versus Alma-Wabaunsee. She has made 45 of 136 shots (33 percent). The previous record was 42. Kremeier had 23 points, including five treys, on 7 of 11 shooting. Herington has two more regular season games left and stands at 11-7.

Overall, Kremeier averages a team-high 26.4 minutes a game, along with 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals a contest for a squad that has just two seniors. Junior Carrie Roe leads the team with 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Kremeier has made all but 17 of her team’s 3-pointers. Herington has already matched last year’s win total from an 11-10 season.

6A

Topeka High girls, ranked No. 1 in 6A, improved to 19-0 with a 66-30 win versus Manhattan on Friday. Sophomore Nijaree Canady finished with 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Freshman Kiki Smith tallied 13 points, and junior Lilly Smith tallied 12. Topeka High finished with 13 steals, including four from Ariyana Grassity. She also delivered six points, four rebounds and three assists.

On Friday, Liberal girls, ranked second, defeated Great Bend, 51-21, and improved to 19-0. The Redskins are a win away from their second straight perfect regular season. Katie Horyna, an Abilene Christian signing, tallied 11 points. Machia Mullens, signed with Division I Kansas City, tallied nine. Katie’s sister, sophomore Bree, scored 10 points. Liberal has already clinched the Western Athletic Conference title.

Dodge City girls defeated rival Garden City, 46-20, on the road Friday. Dodge City is 14-4 in a win that had a running clock. Kisa Unruh tallied 12 points, and Camree Johnson had 19.

KC Harmon boys earned a 54-46 road win versus KC Washington on Tuesday, and then won at home against Hogan Prep Charter, 64-62, on Wednesday. Harmon is 16-2. Harmon is at 64 points a game, including 17.5 points a contest from junior Lonell Lane in the team’s latest statistical release. Harmon is tied with Blue Valley Northwest for the top seed in 6A East. BV Northwest is second, and Harmon is fourth in 6A.

Washburn Rural girls, ranked seventh in 6A, easily defeated Topeka Highland Park, 69-31 and improved to 14-4. WR, the reigning Class 6A state champions, had 20 points from MaRyah Lutz and 15 by Brooklyn DeLeye, both freshmen.

5A – Great Bend, Hays boys compete for WAC crown

In a wild game, Hays High boys defeated Garden City, 59-50, in overtime. Hays High kept alive its chances to secure a share of the Western Athletic Conference title.

With six seconds remaining, Garden City, up 49-46, committed a turnover. Then, Hays High guard Jason Krannawitter, on his birthday, sunk a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Hays High outscored Garden City, 12-1, in overtime. HHS opened the game on a 10-0 run and led the entire first half, before GC came back with a 15-2 run. T.J. Nunnery finished with 16, Krannawitter and Dalyn Schwarz tallied 11. Hays High is 12-6, 6-1 in the WAC, according to Eagle broadcaster Dustin Armbruster.

Great Bend boys kept pace with rival Hays High in the WAC boys’ race. GB boys defeated Dodge City, 57-48, on Friday. GB senior standout Alex Schremmer tallied 31 points in a road non-conference victory Tuesday versus Thomas More Prep-Marian. He tallied 18 against DC. Great Bend moved its winning streak to 10 and improved to 15-4, 6-1. On Saturday, the Panthers, ranked eighth in 5A, faced Liberal at home and won 38-31.

GB has completed the regular season at 16-4, 7-1 in the WAC and has won 11 straight contests. The Panthers have clinched a top-four seed and home court advantage in sub-state.

Andover boys, ranked second in 5A, continued to maintain with Bishop Carroll and improved to 18-0. The Trojans easily defeated Newton, 99-78, on Friday. Andover had a 34-5 edge in free throws made. Four players tallied double figures for Andover, including 30 from Jack Johnson and 22 by Isaiah Maikori. Johnson has collected 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists a contest. Senior Harper Jonas is at 14.9 points a contest, and Maikori has 12.6 points per game.

Andover, which averages 69 points a contest, is arguably the state’s most efficient team with 1.10 points per possession and turnovers on just 17 percent of possessions. By comparison, last year’s Andover Central squad, the 5A state champion with three 1,000-point scorers, averaged 1.08 points per possession and had turnovers on 18 percent of possessions.

McPherson boys are 13-6 and have won five in a row, including 54-51 at rival Buhler on Tuesday and 65-43 against Circle on Friday. Versus Buhler, McPherson ended the game on a 10-1 run, including a game-winning shot from Jayton Alexander.

Topeka Seaman, ranked fifth in 5A girls, had 19 points from junior Camryn Turner in a 49-28 victory against Emporia. Seaman is in second place in 5A East behind St. Thomas Aquinas.

4A

Bishop Miege girls, ranked first in 4A, celebrated Senior Night on Friday. The group included senior Ashton Verhulst, a University of Central Florida signing and McDonald’s All-American nominee. Miege is 16-2 after Friday’s 61-36 victory against Blue Valley Southwest. Miege, undefeated against Kansas competition this year, faces rival St. Thomas Aquinas on the road Tuesday. Aquinas, ranked second in 5A behind McPherson, lost, 54-44, at Miege on Jan. 29. That is Aquinas’ only loss this winter.

Chanute easily defeated Parsons, 54-28, and scored all of its points in the first three quarters in the victory. Kori Babcock enjoyed another huge game with seven treys.

3A

No.  1 Nemaha Central girls defeated Holton, 54-39. NC is 19-0. Standout Alleigh Kramer finished with 25 points.

Cheney girls beat Belle Plaine, 58-36, on Friday and moved to 16-3 with its sixth straight victory. Before the game, junior Kylie Scheer was at 23.4 points a contest, while junior Lexi Cline is at 5.3 points and 3.7 assists a game.

Norton boys improved to 13-6 with a 55-54 home win against Ellis, ranked fifth on 2A. Norton led by 10 entering the fourth quarter, before Ellis had a 25-16 run in the final eight minutes. Junior Ryan Schrum tallied 22 points and made both of his 3-pointers. Norton is the only team to defeat Thomas More Prep-Marian in league play with a 58-47 victory on Feb. 7. Norton has bounced back from a 9-13 season last winter, a rare losing season for longtime coach Doug Reusink. Senior Kade Melvin leads the team with 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Schrum has 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists a contest.

Hoisington was down early 13 points early and trailed Larned, 36-33, at halftime before the Cardinals rallied for a 73-62 victory in a key Central Kansas League home game. Larned is seventh in 3A boys, and Hoisington is ranked No. 10. Larned standout shooter Chance Sanger had 13 points in the first half and 27 for the game. Hoisington had a 17-2 run in the second half. Hoisington received 26 points from junior Drew Nicholson and 15 from junior Mason Haxton. Hoisington improved to 15-4. Hoisington already has a five-win improvement from last year.

Sabetha girls defeated Royal Valley, 62-31 behind 15 points from Leah Renyer. Sabetha improved to 17-2, 11-2 in the Big 7 conference. Sabetha has a key matchup with rival Nemaha Central next Tuesday. Sabetha is third in 3A.

Royal Valley boys are 18-1 and have won 11 straight contests after a 63-43 victory versus Sabetha. RV is fifth in 3A.

On Friday, Scott City girls defeated Holcomb, 54-33, and improved to 17-2, 7-2 in GWAC play. Brynn McCormick led Scott City with 14 points. SC clinched the top seed in the Cimarron sub-state because of winning two of three against Colby. The sub-state features Scott City, Colby and Hugoton, all whom play in the GWAC and all whom have at least 13 victories. On Friday, Colby defeated Hugoton, 32-23, and improved to 16-3. Scott City is fifth, Colby eighth and Hugoton ninth.

Scott City’s Hunter Yager made nine treys in the first half and 10 for the game in Tuesday’s 76-56 victory against Ulysses. Yager scored 31 points in the first half, according to Western Kansas News, and finished with 42 points. It marked the first time a Scott City player cleared 40 since Trey O’Neil had 42 versus Minneapolis in the 2015 sub-state semifinals. O’Neil eventually went on to a four-year career at Fort Hays and is currently on the Hays High coaching staff.

2A

Elkhart girls bounced back from its first loss to a Kansas team with a 50-39 road defeat at Lakin on Tuesday. On Friday, Elkhart defeated Southwestern Heights, 55-20, and completed the regular season 16-4. The Wildcats have enjoyed a six-win improvement from last season and have the program’s most victories since a 17-5 record in 2012-13. Junior Chevelle Ralstin finished the regular season with a double-double at 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds a contest.

West Elk boys defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter, ranked No. 9 in 2A, with a 42-36 victory. Devin Loudermilk had 15 points and seven rebounds in the contest.

Ellinwood boys completed a 16-4 regular season, a 10-win jump from last winter. Overall, Ellinwood had 16 combined victories in the last three seasons. Freshman Britton Dutton averages 18.1 points and five rebounds, while senior David Hammeke is at 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Ellinwood completed the regular season with seven straight victories, including four wins this week: 53-48 against Macksville on Monday, 51-42 versus Plainville on Tuesday, 78-27 against Otis-Bison on Friday and 73-48 at Fairfield on Saturday.

1A

St. John boys completed the regular season with a 54-33 road win against Macksville and is 17-3 heading into regionals. SJ had a quality 48-43 victory Tuesday against Coldwater-South Central. SJ senior Collin Halling, out for the year with injury, started the game and made a layup before he came out.

St. John ranks as the No. 30 team for all classes, according to MaxPreps, and includes wins against Ellinwood, La Crosse, Hoisington and South Central, all teams that have at least 15 victories. St. John has ended the regular season with nine straight wins. Among the top teams, St. John has easily the hardest strength of schedule in 1A at 3.7, according to MaxPreps, while top-ranked Osborne is at minus-7.6. SJ is ranked fourth in 1A.

St. Paul boys defeated Oswego, 76-52, on Tuesday and then beat Yates Center, 63-40, on Friday. Senior Adam Albertini, a Shrine Bowl selection and Pittsburg State football signing, tallied a season-high 27 points in the win. SP is 14-6.

Like Olathe West girls, La Crosse have arguably had the state’s biggest turnaround for the boys. The Leopards, which have not made the state tournament in 29 years, completed the regular season at 16-4, a plus-12 win improvement from a 4-17 mark last winter. La Crosse has twice defeated Ellinwood and twice won on the road this week, a 68-31 win against Rush County rival Otis-Bison on Monday and 44-41 versus Stockton on Tuesday.

Senior Hunter Morgan is one of the state’s top 3-point shooters at 14.2 points per game. Senior Blake Herrman is at 6.7 points and 2.8 assists a contest. La Crosse returned all five starters, four of them seniors. Morgan has sunk 45 of 103 treys (44 percent) and junior Blake Pierce has made 36 percent (42 of 117).

Cunningham completed a 20-0 regular season with a quality last week. The Wildcats defeated Hutchinson Central Christian, 61-46, at home on Feb. 14. Then, Cunningham beat Norwich, 37-34, in overtime on Tuesday and beat Burrton, 48-18, on Thursday. Cunningham standout junior Morgan Meyers delivered an excellent play against Burrton when she ran down for a block in transition, and then quickly made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Cunningham is ranked fourth, and Central Christian is ranked tenth.

Rural Vista girls completed a 20-0 regular season with a 61-31 victory at Mission Valley. RV is third in 1A.

Otis-Bison girls finished a 19-1 regular season after a 65-43 road win Friday versus Ellinwood. O-B received 32 points from senior Maddie Wiltse, a Nebraska-Kearney commit. O-B finished second in the Central Prairie League behind Central Plains. O-B and CP are in the same regional. The Cougars are ranked seventh in 1A.

South Gray boys, which lost to Kiowa County in the league tournament semifinals, defeated KC, 58-45, on Friday and completed the regular season 18-2. Aaron Skidmore delivered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. SG made 8 of 20 (40 percent) on treys. Skidmore has scored in every contest this winter with 19.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. South Gray is fifth in 1A.

South Gray girls also completed an 18-2 regular season with its only losses to Spearville. SG closed out the regular season with a 55-21 win versus Kiowa County. Christy Wiebe tallied 18 points and seven rebounds. Wiebe has averaged 16.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. SG is ninth in 1A.

Ness City boys is 10-10 after a 74-29 victory against Victoria. NC, which graduated more than 90 percent of its scoring from its 2A state title squad last winter, received 25 points and 12 rebounds from Taylor Cable. Senior Easton Seib, the only player back who logged significant minutes last winter, delivered 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Overall, Cable completed one of the biggest breakout seasons with 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds a contest. Seib is at 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.


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