Blue Valley Northwest claims 6A boys title<
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Clayton Custer poured in 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting to pace Blue Valley Northwest past Blue Valley North 73-46 on Saturday to claim the Kansas 6A boys state title.
The Huskies (23-2) held a 32-26 halftime advantage, and pulled away in the second half, outscoring Blue Valley North 41-20 in the last two quarters. They pushed their lead to 31 late in the fourth quarter.
Blue Valley Northwest shot 58.7 percent from the field (65.2 second half) and hit 9 of 18 3-pointers. They also scored 18 points off 13 Mustang turnovers and had a 10-0 advantage in fastbreak points. Ben Richardson hit a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 13 points and Vince Fritz added 11.
Jawan Anthony Emery led the Mustangs (20-5) with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Joseph Morrow was a perfect 4 of 4 to total 10 points (2 of 2 free throws).
Wichita-South tops Maize 47-35, defends 6A title<
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Ericka Mattingly scored 14 points as Wichita-South took down Maize 47-35 on Saturday to win its second consecutive 6A girls basketball state title.
Eledria Franklin added 13 points and Kyla Callins 11 for Wichita-South (24-1).
Wichita-South led 16-12 at half, and outscored Maize 13-7 in the third quarter to open a double-digit lead entering the final period. The defending champs held Maize to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.
Maize made its first state championship appearance in program history. Daley Handy led Maize (20-5) with 15 points and Keiryn Swenson added 14 rebounds.
Lansing cruises over Highland Park 48-27 for title<
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Lansing used a suffocating defensive performance to hold Highland Park to 10 points in the second half, capturing its first Kansas Class 5A boys state title in program history and capping an undefeated season with a 48-27 win on Saturday.
Lansing (25-0) pulled away in the second half after holding a slim 20-17 halftime lead.
The Lions outscored Highland Park 28-10 in the second half, as the Scots shot just 16 percent from the field after the break. Lansing led 31-20 after three quarters, holding Highland Park (23-2) to just three points in the third period.
Excluding the opening quarter when Highland Park scored 12 points, the Scots were unable to score in double digits in any of the other three quarters.
Khalil Bailey had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lansing. Joe Schneider added 10 points.
Jahmal McMurray scored nine points to lead Highland Park.
Leavenworth beats Salina Central, claims 5A title<
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Tyler Johnson scored 18 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, pacing Leavenworth past Salina Central 64-53 to claim the Kansas 5A girls state championship on Saturday.
Top-seeded Leavenworth (24-1) held Salina Central to three points in the opening quarter, and had moved out to a 10-point lead in the second, but Salina Central surged back to take a one-point lead into halftime. Leavenworth regained the lead in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, outscoring Salina Central 44-32 in the second half.
Emma Zeck added 12 points for Leavenworth and LaToshia Jones had 10.
Emily Wood led Salina Central (23-2) with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Hailey Mayfield had 15 points and Shaelyn Martin chipped in 14.
4A DI Boys:
McPherson tops Hayden 57-40 for 4A-I title<
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SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Andrew Pyle scored 21 points and McPherson took down Hayden 57-40 on Saturday in the Kansas Class 4A-I boys state title game to claim its 12th state championship.
Top-seeded McPherson (23-1) had an easier time with Hayden (14-11) after it needed overtime to top Paola in the semifinal Friday.
The Bullpups jumped to a 25-14 halftime lead, and continued to pull away in the second half.
McPherson hit 5 of 14 from long range, led by Pyle who was 4 of 6. Pyle had three early 3-pointers to give the Bullpups a 20-9 lead.
Hayden made just 2 of 17 3-point attempts.
Kyler Kinnamon added 10 points for McPherson. The win marked the fifth state title since 1996 for McPherson.
Jacob Head scored 16 points to lead Hayden. Marcus Meier added 13.
4A DII Boys:
Eudora defeats Scott Community, claims 4A-2 title<
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PARK CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Mitchell Ballock scored 20 points and Andrew Ballock added 19 with five assists, pacing Eudora past Scott Community 71-58 to claim the Kansas Class 4A-2 state title on Saturday.
Eudora (19-5) held a 36-23 halftime advantage and pushed that lead to 17 in the third quarter, but Scott Community stormed back to make it 50-48 going into the final quarter. Eudora shut the door on Scott Community (21-3) in the fourth, holding them to 10 points and pulling away.
Eudora shot a scorching 61.9 percent from the field, with Austin Downing scoring 14 points and Zachary Scroggin chipping in 11.
Brett Meyer led Scott Community with 22 points and Trey O'Neil had 15 with eight rebounds. Scott Community had won the previous three state titles.
4A DI Girls:
Bishop Miege beats Wamego 57-41, claims 4A-I title<
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SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Shelbe Piggie and Lexie Villegas each scored 15 points as Bishop Miege claimed the Kansas Class 4A-1 girls state championship, handing Wamego its first loss, 57-41 on Saturday.
Bishop Miege (22-3) moved out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead, holding Wamego to 3-of-11 shooting. They hit four 3-pointers in the first half to grab a 29-20 halftime lead.
The Stags outscored Wamego 17-9 in the third quarter, moving out to a comfortable 17-point lead.
Bishop Miege shot 44 percent from the field and hit 15 of 17 free throws. Madeline Homoly added 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Villegas had eight boards.
Kaylee Page paced the Red Raiders with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Caitlin Claussen had 12 and eight. Wamego (24-1) committed 15 turnovers, which led to 12 points for Bishop Miege.
4A DII Girls:
Santa Fe Trail tops Frontenac, claims 4A-II title<
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PARK CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Shelby Dahl had 19 points with seven rebounds, and Megan Zaldivar scored 16, helping Santa Fe Trail rally to force overtime and upend Frontenac 58-54 to claim the Kansas Class 4A-II girls state championship on Saturday.
Frontenac built an eight-point lead through three quarters, but SFT (22-3) outscored them 22-14 in the final quarter to force overtime. Briahna Beckman converted a three-point play to open overtime and SFT pushed the lead to 56-47 after two free throws from Shelby Dahl with 46 seconds left.
Frontenac (22-3) rallied to cut the deficit to three, but with just three seconds remaining.
Amber Moore finished with nine points and nine rebounds for STF.
Bailey Flora led Frontenac with 18 points and nine boards, while Ryleigh McCartney had 16 points.
Hesston beats Lyons 46-36 to claim girls 3A title<
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Cami Richardson had 16 points with nine rebounds and Caylee Richardson added 11 and 10 as Hesston defeated Lyons 46-36 on Saturday to claim the Kansas Class 3A girls state title.
Lyons led 11-7 after the first quarter, but Hesston outscored them 15-10 in the second to grab a halftime lead. Hesston surged ahead in the second half, holding Lyons scoreless in the third quarter until Alexis Lasater hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 33-24. Lyons couldn't close the gap in the final period.
Megan Voth hit a trio of 3-pointers to total 10 points for Hesston (25-1), which limited Lyons to 19.6 percent shooting from the field.
Aubrey Hollinger led Lyons (17-9) with 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.
Hesston beats Beloit 59-54, claims 3A state title<
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Grant Raleigh scored 22 points and Ryan Schadler added 14, as Hesston put together a late run to defeat Beloit 59-54 and claim the Kansas Class 3A boys state title on Saturday.
Beloit was trailing 46-38 late, but rallied back to lead 53-52 with 1:03 remaining. Raleigh answered with a 3-pointer to put Hesston back on top, and added two free throws with 10.3 seconds left to close the game on a 7-1 run.
Hesston shot 47.6 percent from the field, with Raleigh hitting four of their seven 3-pointers. Justin Smith finished with nine points and 11 boards.
Payton Vetter led Beloit with 19 points and Bailey Vetter chipped in 13.
With the win, Hesston sweeps the 3A titles, as the Hesston girls defeated Lyons 46-36 earlier Saturday.
St. John's takes out Plainville 71-58 for 2A title<
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Zuriel Reyes scored 27 points as St. John's won consecutive state titles after beating Plainville 71-58 in the Kansas Class 2A boy's championship on Saturday.
Reyes made six 3-pointers, a year after St. John's (26-0) won a state title in Class 1A-Division I.
Dean Wade added 19 points, eight rebound and four blocks for the Tigers.
Logan Frederking had 19 to lead Plainville (23-3) and Hadley Gillum added 14 points.
Central Plains edges Jefferson County North 47-45<
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Taylor Rolfs hit a game-winning midrange jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining as Central Plains capped a perfect season, edging Jefferson County North 47-45 Saturday in the Class 2A state title game.
Reagan Phelan led Central Plains (26-0) with 17 points and Janae Ryan scored 15 on five 3-pointers. Rolfs added nine points.
Tied at 45 with 4.6 seconds left, the Oilers inbounded the ball and found Rolf for the clutch shot. Jefferson County North's Jacee Kramer missed a half-court heave as Central Plains held on.
Central Plains trailed by as many as eight in the first quarter and was down by a point at halftime. Each team scored just six points during the third quarter before Central Plains rallied in the final period.
Kramer scored 20 points to lead Jefferson Country North (25-1).
1A DI Boys:
^Marais Des Cygnes Valley tops Hoxie, claims title<
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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ Mark Price had 13 points and 10 rebounds, pacing undefeated Marais Des Cygnes Valley to a 50-36 win over Hoxie Saturday to claim the Kansas Class 1A-1 boys state title.
Kaden Vanderpool and Matt Jones each added 12 points apiece for MDCV (26-0), which shot 43.2 percent from the field.
Kade Spresser led Hoxie (24-2) with 14 points and 11 boards, but was the only scorer in double figures. Hoxie was limited to 29.4 percent shooting.
MDCV jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter and held that eight-point lead at halftime. They pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring Hoxie 19-10.
1A DI Girls:
Hoxie claims third-straight 1A-1 girls title<
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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ Gabriel Spresser sank five 3-pointers to total 23 points and Carly Heim added 18 as Hoxie rolled past Valley Heights for its 73rd straight win, 71-51 on Saturday to claim a third-straight Kansas Class 1A-1 girls state title.
Hoxie (26-0) jumped out to a 26-11 advantage after the first quarter, putting together a 36-6 run to push that lead to 25 points early in the second.
The Indians shot 48 percent from the field, including 7 of 10 beyond the arc (5-6 in first half). Natasha Allmer chipped in 12 points with eight rebounds and Heim had six boards and five assists.
Valley Heights (24-2) went 19 of 41 from the field (46.3 percent), but committed 14 turnovers. Brandi Jo Roepke led the Mustangs with 16 points, Sidney Blackburn had 13 and Lesley Frohberg added 12.
1A DII Boys:
^Beloit-St. Johns wins 1A-2 title, 60-58<
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HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ Trey Dubbert scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers, as Beloit-St. Johns held on to beat Sharon Springs-Wallace County 60-58 on Saturday in the Class 1A-Division 2 championship.
Connor Eilert, Luke Eilert and Parker Gates added 10 apiece for Beloit-St. Johns (25-1).
Nate Klinge had 29 points, on 10-of-21 shooting, for Sharon Springs-Wallace County (23-3).
Beloit-St. Johns broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring Sharon Springs-Wallace County 21-9 and held on in the fourth despite giving up 26 points.
1A DII Girls:
Baileyville B&B tops Golden Plains 59-40 for title<
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HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ Katie Huerter scored 19 points and Ashley Kramer added 17 points as Baileyville B&B rolled by Golden Plains 59-40 on Saturday to claim the Kansas Class 1A-II state title.
Baileyville B&B (24-3) jumped to a 28-12 halftime lead after holding Golden Plains (22-4) to just three points in the second quarter. Huerter and Kramer combined for 18 points in the first half to lead Baileyville B&B.
The lead stretched to 48-20 after three quarters, as Baileyville B&B held Golden Plains to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.
Huerter was 6 of 8 from the field and hit 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. Kramer made 8 of 13 from the floor to go along with five assists and four steals. Lauren Sudbeck added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Hailee Spresser was the lone Golden Plains scorer in double figures with 12 points.