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Basketball in Kansas: Around the State Update (1/11/21)

Submitted Photo: Dodge City girls off to its best start in 90 years
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas
Jan 11, 2021

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Friday yielded the first day of games after a return from a longer than normal winter break because of COVID-19 concerns. It produced the return to action for Garden City and Chapman, which did not play in December. Plus, Andover and Andover Central continued its winning streaks of 20-plus games, and Baldwin girls halted K.C. Piper’s 42-game conference win streak.

Multiple players, including a triple-double by Chanute’s Kori Babcock, Sterling’s Tyus Wilson, West Elk’s Madelyne Koop and Devin Loudermilk and Phillipsburg’s Taryn Sides had big individual performances. Plus, KSHSAA announced the sub-states and the different bracketing rules because of coronavirus. Those are available on the KSHSAA web site.

Additionally, Friday produced victories for several top teams that set the stage for huge matchups this week. SIK looks at each of the contests involved in these games below:

Tuesday Girls: Garden Plain (7-0, No. 3 2A) versus Cheney (6-0, No. 1 3A) – Central Plains League

Tuesday Girls: WaKeeney-Trego (7-0, No. 4 2A) versus Phillipsburg (7-0, No. 4 3A) – Mid-Continent League

Friday Girls: Liberal (6-0, No. 10 6A) versus Dodge City (6-0, No. 8 6A) – Western Athletic Conference

Tuesday Boys: Andover (7-0, No. 1 5A) versus Maize (5-1, No. 6 5A) – AVCTL II vs. AVCTL I

Tuesday Boys: Thomas More Prep-Marian (5-1) at Hoxie (No. 1 2A) – Mid-Continent

Friday Boys: Ellis (7-0, No. 7 2A) at Thomas More Prep-Marian (5-1) – Mid-Continent/Ellis County rivalry

We start, though, with the Baldwin girls:

4A: Baldwin upsets K.C. Piper, ranked No. 3 in 5A, with 20-2 run in fourth quarter

Class 4A Baldwin entered Friday’s Frontier League matchup against K.C. Piper with a 2-3 mark. Baldwin delivered a 39-32 victory versus the Pirates, ranked No. 3 in 5A. The loss ended the Pirates’ conference win streak at 42 games. Piper led 14-7 after the first quarter, and 22-17 at halftime.

The Pirates were up 30-19 after three quarters. Then, Baldwin outscored Piper, 20-2, in the fourth. Sophomore Karly Neufeld tallied 11 points, and senior Jenna Harvey scored 10 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Baldwin went 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs finished 15 of 30 from the foul line.

Baldwin, under longtime coach Bob Martin, finished 19-6 last winter and lost, 63-48, to K.C. Piper in the 4A state quarterfinals. As well, Piper beat Baldwin, 61-31, in the regular season.

Martin has enjoyed a long run of success, including a 21-2 season in ’18-19 and a 24-1 and state title in ’17-18. Baldwin had lost four in a row to Piper dating back to a 65-40 win on Jan. 30, 2016. Piper had its 18-game winning streak end. The Pirates, a 21-2 Forever Four team last winter, last lost to St. Thomas Aquinas and McPherson in back-to-back games on Jan. 3-4, 2020, respectively.

6A: Dodge City girls continue to roll, make more school history; will face undefeated Liberal this week; Liberal bumps win streak to 29

Helped by a 33-2 run, Dodge City defeated Colby, 62-37, and improved to 6-0. DC broadcaster Sean Boston noted the Red Demons are off to its best start since 1920-21. Kisa Unruh, who became the school’s all-time scoring leader before holiday break, had 17 points and four assists. Amaya Perez delivered six rebounds. Alisa Solis and Becca Unruh finished with eight points and three steals and eight points and three assists, respectively.

Senior Lauren Gleason, who set a school single game record for charges taken in a road win versus McPherson in December, recorded 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Liberal won its 29th straight contest with a 42-26 home win versus one-win Hays High. Aubrey Warden delivered 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Redskins. She has signed with Newman.

Because of scheduling changes, Liberal faced Hays High in back-to-back games – three weeks apart. Liberal, ranked No. 10 in Class 6A, opens a stretch of four straight road games.

That starts with at Garden City on Tuesday, and then the huge matchup at Dodge City on Friday. KSHSAA recently announced sub-states, and it’s very likely Liberal and Dodge City will play three times this season.

They will face twice in WAC play and possibly again in playoffs.

2A/3A: WaKeeney and Phillipsburg both win; set up major Mid-Continent League matchup for Tuesday

WaKeeney-Trego and Phillipsburg girls are both 7-0. WaKeeney is fourth in 2A, and Phillipsburg fourth in 3A. On Tuesday, the teams will face in Phillipsburg with huge MCL ramifications. Last season, Trego beat Phillipsburg for the league tournament title, and Phillipsburg defeated the Golden Eagles for the regular season title.

Outside of the Phillipsburg loss, WaKeeney has won 30 straight contests.

Both teams are stacked with talent. Phillipsburg has standout sophomore Taryn Sides, along with posts Heather Schemper, Abby Babcock and Meredith Jacobs. The Panthers have received strong perimeter defense with Meg Keeten and Ava Schemper.

On Friday, Phillipsburg pulled away from Russell for a 55-39 road victory. Sides delivered 15 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Schemper and Jacobs tallied 10 points apiece. Phillipsburg limited Russell to 32 percent shooting. Russell junior Rylan Reeves recorded her fourth double-double this winter with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

WaKeeney has its highly experienced quartet of Madison Walt, Lili Shubert, Emma Day and Tillie Malinowsky, plus key sophomores Kaylee Walt and Kya O’Banion. On Friday, Walt continued her impressive season with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

Shubert, who averages more than 20 points per game, had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Junior Caroline Brungardt, who had been out with injury, had three points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

This could be the first of two meetings in a loaded MCL girls’ side that also features TMP, Smith Center, Oakley, Norton and Hoxie. The MCL tournament comes up the following week.

3A/2A: Cheney, Garden Plain stay undefeated

Cheney and Garden Plain girls are longtime powers. This is the first of two meetings between the Central Plains League teams. The second one occurs Feb. 12 in Cheney. These games are routinely very close. In the last 32 meetings, Garden Plain holds an 18-14 advantage. No one has cleared 50 points in the last eight meetings. Eight of the last 10 matchups are 10 points or fewer – and four are by a combined nine points.

Garden Plain has finished as state champion, state champion and 2A Forever Four in the last three years. On Friday, Garden Plain beat Belle Plaine, 42-12. Overall, Garden Plain has an average score of 56-35.

Cheney rolled over Kingman, 69-17. The No. 1-ranked Cardinals improved to 6-0. Cheney is a state runner-up and Forever Four the last two winters. The Cardinals has won 17 straight games. The Cardinals’ last loss came in a 45-43 defeat to Halstead on Feb. 1, 2020. Last year, Cheney beat Garden Plain, 46-36, and 43-40. Cheney has an average margin of 66-34.

After five contests, senior Kylie Scheer, two-time 3A Player of the Year, has averaged 24 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 steals per contest. Scheer is the only senior who has scored, as standout point guard Lexi Cline is out with injury.

Garden Plain’s top-two scorers and three of its top-five are seniors: Madysen Zoglman, Alli Puetz and Christia Rose Gorges. Zoglman has 14.8 points, Puetz with 11.2 points and Gorges has seven points a game.

On a per-possession standout, the teams are very similar according to the squad’s latest statistical release as of Jan. 10. Both teams are at 61 possessions a contest. Cheney collects 36 percent of available offensive rebounds, Garden Plain 38 percent. Both teams allow .67 points per possession. Cheney has slight edges in turnover rate and 3-point shooting (31 treys, 34 percent) to Garden Plain (24 treys, 29 percent).

Cheney shoots 32 percent of its shots from long range, GP at 25 percent. The big Garden Plain edge comes from getting to the foul line. The Owls average 15.5 free throws a contest, while Cheney is at 11.8.

5A: City of Andover teams continue winning streaks; E. Shetlar shooting at high rate, sets school record

Andover boys, ranked No. 1 in 5A, won its 30th straight contest. Andover held off upset-minded and one-win Salina Central to win 50-44. The Trojans have won three games by a combined 16 points, including one in overtime. Senior Jalen Beadles tallied 13, and sophomore Eli Shetlar had 11 on 4 of 8 shooting. Standout senior Jack Johnson did not play in the contest. He averages 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game. Johnson has committed to Division I Dallas Baptist.

The 6-foot-3, 150-pound Shetlar, in his first season on varsity, has 11.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Shetlar has shot 58 percent from the field and is 21 of 38 (55 percent) from 3-point range. On Dec. 18, Shetlar scored 21 points in a 59-48 win versus Arkansas City. He made 7 of 8 treys and set a single game school record for made 3s.

On Tuesday, Andover faces Maize (5-1) in a key 5A matchup. Maize is at 65.8 points per contest and shots 52 percent from the field. Senior Jacob Hanna averages 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and two assists a contest. Sophomore Avery Johnson is at 14 points, four rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.

Johnson, Maize’s standout quarterback, recently picked up a TCU offer. Maize is shooting an incredible 48 percent (45 of 94) from long range. The Eagles have a 105/91 Assist to Turnover rate. Andover is at 36 percent (53 of 146) on treys with a 114/82 Assist to Turnover rate. The Trojans’ top-five scorers are all seniors.

Andover defeated Maize, 75-74, on Dec. 1, 2017, the last matchup between the squads. Of the last six meetings, two are one point games and another is a two-point contest.

Andover Central girls, ranked No. 1 in 5A, rolled over Goddard, 85-39, and captured its 25th straight victory. AC is 5-0 and has quality wins versus Wichita Heights and Salina Central. AC shot 63 percent from the field. Junior Brittany Harshaw has 27 points and shot 12 of 14. Senior Bailey Wilborn delivered 21 points and sunk 7 of 9. Junior Ellie Stearns finished with 14 on 5 of 10. Both Andover teams play each other Friday. Harshaw has committed to Creighton, Wilborn has signed with Division I Maine.

4A: Abasolo moves higher on Mulvane career scoring list; team off to best start in 50 years

Mulvane senior Trey Abasolo, a Southwestern College commit, has reached 1,180 career points in 70 games. He moved ahead of Lonny Travis for third all-time in Mulvane history. Travis, a Wildcat legend, tallied 1,175 career points in 69 games. Travis scored 549 single season points and led Mulvane to the 1984 state championship.

Mulvane is 6-0 and off to its best start since 1970-71, according to Mulvane Sports.

3A: Hugoton girls roll; ranked No. 1 for all classes by MaxPreps

Hugoton girls, also highly impressive in 3A, easily defeated Southwestern Heights, 81-24 on Saturday. Mikyn Hamlin finished with 21 points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds. Summya Adigun tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jordyn Beard had 11 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Gianna Vos finished with 11 points, four assists and three steals. Molly McClure turned in a nice performance with four points, five rebounds and four assists. Hugoton is ranked No. 5 in 3A and stands at 6-0.

On Friday, Hugoton beat Scott City, 57-31. Hamlin delivered 28 points, four rebounds and three assists. Adigun and Beard combined for 14 points, 11 steals and seven blocks. Vos had 12 points and six steals.

Hugoton is the No. 1 ranked team by MaxPreps all-classification statistical rankings. The top-5 are Sterling, Phillipsburg, Halstead and Dodge City. All but one of Hugoton’s wins have come by at least 18 points.

Hugoton has quality wins against KSHSAA teams Thomas More Prep-Marian (51-33) and Cimarron (67-50). TMP is 5-0 in all other games and Cimarron is 4-1.

5A: Bishop Carroll sweeps Kapaun in Holy War

In a big City League contest, Bishop Carroll girls defeated Kapaun, 50-36. BC boys beat KMC, 64-51. Carroll is ranked No. 8 in 5A, and the Crusaders stand sixth in 5A. On the boys’ side, Carroll is eighth in 5A. Khloe Schuckman tallied 20 points for the Golden Eagles. The teams had split the last four girls’ meetings.

BC boys also beat Wichita West, 62-44, on Saturday and improved to 4-2. All six Golden Eagles who played in the Kapaun game are seniors. Carroll shot 63 percent from the field and 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Senior Enrique Lankford tallied 17 points.

6A: Garden City returns to play; girls pick up victory

Several teams, notably Chapman, Garden City and the Kansas City-Kansas Public Schools, did not play in December. Garden City girls opened 1-1 with a 50-44 road win versus Great Bend on Friday, and then lost at Kearney (Neb.), 38-36, on Saturday. GC went 10-11 last season. The Buff boys opened 0-2. Last season, Garden City played five games in December. Chapman boys also beat Clay Center, 56-43, while Chapman girls fell to 0-1.

3A: TMP sweeps Sacred Heart; sets up high-profile matchup with Hoxie

TMP and Sacred Heart are not in the same conference but have long played each other every season in basketball. The Monarch girls beat Sacred Heart, 60-33. Emilee Lane tallied 17 points. TMP improved to 5-1. The Monarch boys defeated Sacred Heart, 54-47.

Jackson Schulte paced the Monarchs with 16 points and moved to 5-1. TMP travels to Hoxie, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, for a high-profile matchup. Monarch boys were 1-3 in the last four matchups versus Sacred Heart, a series that started in Jan. 2017.

Hoxie is 5-0 with 6-foot-11 senior Harlan Obioha and plenty of depth. This is the first meeting between the two teams in at least 14 years.

TMP travels to Ellis on Friday for the Ellis County rivalry. Ellis is 7-0 and ranked No. 7 in 2A. Ellis rolled over Smith Center, 67-50. The Railers have averaged 60 points a contest.

2A: Sterling’s Wilson with massive game

Sterling senior Tyus Wilson is a returning first team all-state player for the Black Bears, ranked No. 10 in 2A. Wilson delivered 48 points on 22 of 37 shooting, 16 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals. He is one of the country’s top high jumpers with a personal record of 7 feet, 1 inch. Sterling beat Bennington, 69-40. The Black Bears are 4-2, 4-1 against KSHSAA teams.

2A: West Elk girls remain undefeated behind big game from Koop; WE boys win

West Elk led 20-6 after the first quarter and defeated Bluestem, 50-42. WE stands at 5-0. Senior Madelyne Koop, a Tabor signee, delivered 24 points and 14 rebounds. West Elk went 0 of 13 from 3-point range. Overall, Koop has delivered 16 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest.

On the boys’ side, Devin Loudermilk delivered 33 points and nine rebounds a contest. WE beat Bluestem, 48-40.

1A-1: Both Quinter teams push to 5-1 after sub-.500 seasons last winter; Dighton’s Traci Cramer with nice game

Quinter boys are 5-1 after a 70-21 victory versus Dighton, its second win against the Hornets this winter. Junior Jaden Boone has enjoyed a strong season with 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. Junior Bradley Riedel has 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.6 assists. Boone leads the team in points and rebounds, and Riedel in steals and assists. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Boone averaged 15.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals per game. Boone has shot 55 percent from the field with 638 points in his career.

Quinter girls also moved to 5-1 with a 51-45 win against a solid Dighton team. The Bulldogs defeated Dighton, 46-45, on Dec. 10. Senior Kayler Getz had 12 points, and freshman Kennedy Werth tallied 13. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent inside the arc. Getz and sophomore Anna Briggs tallied 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Dighton junior Traci Cramer, who was No. 2 in Kansas in assists, delivered seven points, seven assists and six steals. Last winter, Quinter boys were 11-13, and the girls 6-15.

5A/6A: Kansas City area teams play well

The 810 Varsity Showcase, one of the larger Kansas City area competitions, featured a strong showing from the Kansas side. Blue Valley North boys beat Lee Summit, 54-44. St. Thomas Aquinas earned its first victory with a 60-45 win versus Raytown South. BVN is ranked second in 6A.

On the girls’ side, St. Thomas Aquinas beat Blue Springs, 48-35. Beatrice Culliton, who has many high Division I offers, recorded 28 points and 17 rebounds. Aquinas outscored Blue Springs, 25-13 in the second half. Aquinas is ranked No. 1 in 5A.

Aquinas is 2-1 with a 56-47 loss to Eastern Kansas League rival Bishop Miege on Dec. 15. Miege is ranked first in 4A girls.

1A-II: Golden Plains girls continue regular season winning streak

Golden Plains, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, Division II, improved to 6-0 with a 57-35 win versus St. Francis. Golden Plains didn’t lose until the sub-state championship in either of the last two seasons. GP, under longtime coach Parker Christensen, have not lost in the regular season since a 49-33 defeat to Hill City on Feb. 15, 2018. Check out more on Golden Plain this week at SIK.

Babcock’s triple-double leads other top performances:

Chanute’s Kori Babcock had 29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 steals and four assists. Chanute is 4-1 after 60-44 win versus Coffeyville. It marked the first triple-double by a Chanute girl since coach Dustin Fox started to lead the Blue Comets in 2011-12. Overall, Babcock has 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 steals per contest. Chanute’s top-three scorers are all seniors. Senior Mattilyn Cranor has 9.5 points and Brianna Waggoner has delivered 5.6 points a game. In the last three years, Babcock has 15.9 points per game. Check out more on Babcock at SIK later this week.

Derby girls bounced back from its loss to Maize, which ended its 17-game winning streak. Standout sophomore point guard Maryn Archer, who has committed to Arkansas, continues to be out with injury. Derby defeated a solid Maize South squad, 45-35. Derryana Cobbins has moved in the starting point guard position. Addy Brown finished with 18, Tatum Boettjer scored 11, and Cobbins finished with nine. Brown is the team’s top scorer at 17.3 points per game.

Topeka High girls rolled over Junction City behind 27 points from Kiki Smith. Topeka High is ranked No. 1 in 6A. The Trojans are 5-0 and have won 28 straight contests after a 72-33 win versus Topeka Hayden on Monday.

In Twin Valley League action, Frankfort girls pulled an upset with a 51-44 win versus Hanover, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, Division II.

Olathe West boys’ basketball coach Brad Ball won his 300th career game after a victory versus Mill Valley. OW won 47-46.

Attica’s Xander Newberry delivered 31 points and 10 rebounds. Attica, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division II, is 6-0 after a 60-58 home win versus Bucklin.

Syracuse’s Austin Plunkett finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two charges. The Bulldogs are 7-0 with a 58-44 win versus Southwestern Heights.

Inman’s Tanner Heckel has 23 points, nine assists and three steals. Inman defeated South Haven, 60-48. SH is ranked second in Class 1A, Division II.

Hays High boys, ranked No. 3 in 5A, rolled over Liberal, 72-45. Hays High has shot 56 percent from the field this season. Dalyn Schwarz paced with 13 points. Like the Hugoton girls, Hays High continues to rank No. 1 for all KSHSAA classes in MaxPreps’ statistical rankings.

Southeast of Saline’s Karsyn Schlesener scored 24 points with a 55-30 win versus Minneapolis. She also delivered a career-high 29 points with a 52-36 win versus Sacred Heart in December. As a sophomore, Schlesener averaged 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game. SES is 3-3 and gets Clay Center, ranked No. 4 in 4A, on Tuesday.

Circle boys defeated El Dorado, 74-70, in double overtime.

Rose Hill beat Clearwater, 64-63, with 25 points from Adriel Smith.

Ulysses’ Lance Walker has 23 points and 18 rebounds. Ulysses lost, 80-76, to Holcomb in overtime.

Clifton-Clyde’s Wyatt Lange delivered 26 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks a game. C-C is 7-0 after a 63-40 win versus Axtell.

Lebo’s Devan McEwen finished with 25 points, six steals, three rebounds and two steals. The Wolves are 6-0 and beat Marais des Cygnes Valley, 59-29. Lebo is fifth in Class 1A, Division I.

Burlingame’s Trever Quaney had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. The Bearcats lost, 47-45, to Olpe.

Greeley County’s Jaxson Brandl had 25 points (five 3s) and 12 rebounds. GC held off Triplains-Brewster, 60-55. Triplains-Brewster is eighth in Class 1A, Division II.

Blue Valley Southwest senior Jaylie Hicklin tallied 20 points in a 43-42 overtime win versus Spring Hill.

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