KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 2A KSHSAA State Basketball
presented by BTI Equipment
Game Recaps
Game 1 Girls Quarterfinal: Trego Community 45 Bennington 31
The Girls Class 2A State Basketball Tournament tipped-off at 3:00pm Wednesday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum as the 2 seeded Trego Community Eagles took on the Bulldogs from Bennington.
Trego came into the tournament with a 22-1 record to earn the 2 seed but Bennington, who carried a 16-7 record, wasn’t intimidated to start the game. They played the Eagles to an 11-11 score in the first quarter thanks to a 3-pointer from Kayla Kind in the final seconds of period one.
The score remained tight in the second quarter as the two teams traded baskets. The Bulldogs would take a late 3-point lead in this period, but Trego would go on to score the final two baskets and gain a lead of 23-22 heading into the half.
The Eagles shot a solid 45% from the field and were 4-4 from the free-throw stripe compared to Bennington who only shot 30 percent from the field in the first two quarters. It was four made 3-pointers that were enough to pace the Bulldog offense to 22 points at the half.
Kyla Kind led Bennington in the first half, hitting two 3-pointers on her way to 9 points. For Trego, Lil Shubert had 8 first-half points and Elizabeth Frost added 6 points.
In the second half, Trego would start to flex their muscles, especially on the defensive end. They held Bennington to just 6 points in the third quarter and 3 in the fourth.
However, scrappy play from Bennington would continue to keep the game in range throughout the third quarter with Trego leading 34-28 after the period. But in the fourth quarter, the Eagles closed out the game in impressive style, outscoring Bennington 11-3.
Trego won by the final score of 45-31.
Kyla Kind was the only Bulldog in double-figures with 12 points. The Eagles had two players reach double digits as Lil Shubert scored 13 points and Grace Pfannenstiel added 11.
Trego will advance to play in the semifinals on Friday at 3:00pm against the winner of Sterling vs Garden Plain. This marks the second straight trip to the semis for the Lady Eagles team.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI equipment
Game 2: Girl Quarterfinal Garden Plain 54 Sterling 48
The second quarterfinals game of the day in the Girls Class 2A State Tournament featured a matchup between the (3) Sterling Black Bears and the (6) Garden Plain Owls.
Sterling had a 21-2 record but found themselves in trouble early against the Owls. Garden Plain got off to a quick start in the first quarter building a 16-3 lead at the 2:30 mark. They got hot from the three-point line and rattled off three 3-pointers in the early going.
However, in the final minutes of the first, Sterling clamped down on defense and found some offense to cut the Garden Plain lead to 16-9 after the first period.
The Black Bears continued to battle their way back into the game throughout the second quarter. Just under two minutes to play in the half, Sterling closed it to just a five-point deficit at 22-17. Garden Plain responded using a 5-0 spurt to create a 10-point, 27-17, lead heading into halftime.
The Owls shot 5-8 from three-point land in the first half with Sophomore Brooke Hammond going 3-3 from distance.
Sterling began the second half on a tear, cruising to a 10-2 run in just over two minutes' time. This cut the Owl lead to two points with a score of 29-27. But Garden Plain refused to panic. They didn’t let Sterling gain the lead and closed out the quarter strong to build their lead back to 9, with a score of 40-31 after the third period.
The fourth quarter was a game of back and forth, with both teams playing efficient offense. With 1:00 left in the ballgame, Sterling trailed by just one possession after hitting some big 3-point shots down the stretch. But Garden Plain responded once again and iced the game going 6-8 from the charity stripe.
The Garden Plain Owls won the game by the final score of 54-48.
Senior guard Kennedy Horacek was the leading scorer for Garden Plain with 18 points. The Black Bears had two players in double figures, Makenna Linden with 11 and Kali Briar with 10.
Sterling ends their season with a 21-3 record. Garden Plain will advance to the Semifinals to face Trego Community at 3:00 on Friday.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 3: Girls Quarterfinal Spearville 55 St. Mary's Colgan 41
The third quarterfinals game of the evening saw the 23-0 and #1 seed Spearville Lancers matched up with the #8 seeded St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers.
Spearville raced out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter which included scoring the last 11 points of the period. Despite the deficit, St. Mary’s Colgan didn’t back down. The second period of play saw the Panthers began to hit some shots and find their way back into the game. They cut the lead to just six points with 1:35 remaining in the half. Spearville wouldn’t let it get any closer and went into halftime with a 29-21 lead, but St. Mary’s Colgan had all the momentum when the teams headed to the locker rooms.
Ehlaina Hartman paced the Spearville offense with 13 points in two-quarters of action, while Kaitlin Crossland was the leading scorer for St. Mary’s Colgan with 10 points. Both squads struggled to take care of the ball, they had 12 turnovers a piece at halftime.
Coming out the break St. Mary’s continued to play strong basketball but Spearville never relinquished control of the game. The Lancers attacked inside and were able to find buckets when they needed them. While the game stayed within reach for a majority of the 2nd half, Spearville started to show their dominance once again and pulled away down the stretch in the fourth. They would build a game-high 18-point lead at a point late in the game.
Spearville are the winners by the final score of 55-41.
Ehlaina Hartman finished with 25 points to lead the Lancers and Alissa Heskamp joined her in double figures with 13 points. St. Mary’s Colgan was led in scoring by Kaitlin Crossland who tallied 16 points. They finish the season with a 14-10 record.
This is the first appearance in the 2A State Semifinals since 1986 for the Lady Lancers. They will face the winner of Valley Heights vs Wabaunsee on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 4: Girls Quarterfinal Valley Heights 51 Wabaunsee 45
In the 4 vs 5 seed quarterfinals game the Valley Heights Mustangs took on the Wabaunsee Chargers. Both teams sported impressive records coming into today, Valley Heights at 21-2 and Wabaunsee at 20-3.
Neither team could gain much of an edge early in the first quarter as both teams were slow to get it going offensively. It was Valley Heights who was able to separate and get a two-bucket lead by the end of the period leading by the score of 11-7. The second quarter was won by Valley Heights and just as the first period it was by a 4-point margin. But the Mustangs had built a 15-point lead at one point and even though it would dwindle they were firmly in control. The score at the break was 23-15.
Both teams played tight defense in that first half, and turnovers quickly became an issue for both teams. The Mustangs finished the first two quarters with 12 turnovers compared to the Chargers’ 14. Wabaunsee’s 15-points were created off of a balanced scoring effort, they had seven players in the score column, but none exceeded 5 points. Emma Yungberg was the leading scorer for Valley Heights, she added 7 rebounds in that half as well.
The third quarter was more of the same, Valley Heights stayed in control and won the point total of another quarter to give them a double-digit lead after three, 34-21. The fourth quarter, however, got a bit interesting. Both teams exploded offensively. Wabaunsee scored 24 fourth-quarter points, more than they had in the first three quarters combined. Hafenstine and Hutley started to provide the Chargers with some consistent offense in this period and were able to cut the lead to 47-42 with one minute to play. They forced 12 more Valley Heights turnovers in the second half to bring their total to 24. Despite the strong fourth-quarter performance, Valley Heights hung in there and converted from the free-throw line. They went 4-6 down the stretch and Wabaunsee never got it back within a possession.
Valley Heights closed it out and won 51-45. They were led in scoring by Emma Yungberg who mustered 17 points and Emelia Toerber who added 12 more.
Wabaunsee finishes their season with a strong 20-4 record. The Lady Mustangs will advance to semifinals and face the one-seeded Spearville Lancers on Friday at 6:30.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 5: Boys Quarterfinal Hillsboro 57 Pratt Skyline 51
The Boys Class 2A State Tournament opened up with a matchup between the (1) Skyline Thunderbids and the (8) Hillsboro Trojans. Skyline came in with a 21-1 record to earn the one seed and they drew first blood in the contest with a Sam Fisher 3-point shot after winning the opening tip. The Thunderbids went on to open up a 7-2 lead in the first quarter causing Coach Max Heinrichs of Hillsboro to call a timeout. The quick chat with his team wasn’t able to get them going offensively, Skyline continued to dominate the period on both ends of the court. Led by brothers Steve and Sam Fisher the Thunderbird offense attacked the rim at will building a 15-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Hillsboro’s luck offensively improve. They scrapped their way back into the game winning the quarter 17-11. The Trojan’s didn’t have any outside shots fall but the easy ones started to go, and they knocked down their free throws. Defensively they locked down some of those drives to the hoop, but Skyline did enough on offense to not lose control of the game. They shot 59% from the field, throughout that first half to keep their lead. Hillsboro had grabbed some of the momentum, but the game went to break with Skyline in control leading 26-19.
The second half was a rollercoaster for both squads. Skyline got it back to a double-digit lead for a couple of minutes in that third quarter, however, Hillsboro had another strong spurt, cutting the Thunderbird lead to 4 after a made layup by Jamari Harris with 3:45 left in the quarter. This would lead Coach Kenny Eddy to call a timeout for Skyline. The game was now the closest it had been since the early going. Though Hillsboro would then cut the lead to 33-31, the Thunderbirds responded with an 8-0 run, forcing some costly Trojan turnovers in the process. It was a made 3-point shot from Dillon Boldt, along with a foul, that got the Skyline lead back to 10 with one minute to play in the quarter. In the final seconds the teams would trade three-point shots, Dillion Boldt hit another one for Skyline and Ryan Adams had the answer for the Trojans, bringing the third quarter to a close with a score of 44-36 and the Thunderbirds with the lead.
The fourth quarter brought more drama. Hillsboro battled back, like they had done all day, and took their first lead of the game with 4:00 to play after an incredible pass from freshman Brekyn Ratzlaff leading to a lay-in. Ratzlaff would later tie the contest with a free throw and the score was deadlocked at 48 with just over a minute to play. Ryan Adams would give Skyline the lead right back as he hit a huge shot from distance to create a 51-48 lead. Unfortunately for the Thunderbirds that would be the last basket they would score. Ratzlaff answered with a sensational finish at the rim after hanging in the air and drawing contact. He would hit the foul shot and even the game once more, with under a minute to play now. More big shots were in Hillsboro’s future, with 26 seconds to play Caleb Potucek scored for the Trojans giving them a 53-51 lead. They would quickly force a Skyline turnover and Potucek would drain two free throws to create a two-possession lead with just 20 seconds left.
Hillsboro completed the upset bid and won 57-51. They were led in scoring by Matthew and Caleb Potucek; Mathew had 16 points and Caleb had 11. Jarmari Harris added 9 points, and Brekyn Ratzlaff had 8.
For Skyline their season comes to a close with a 21-2 record. They had three players with double figures in the scoring column, Steve Fisher with 12, Ryan Adams with 12, and Sam Fisher with 11.
Hillsboro will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 4:45 against the winner of Sterling vs Erie.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 6: Boys Quarterfinal Sterling 64 Erie 54
The second game of Boys Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinal round was a matchup between the (4) Erie Red Devils and the (5) Sterling Black Bears. Each team carried a 19-4 record coming into the game, but it was Erie who separated themselves early in the first period jumping out to a 17-7 start. Sterling, however, was able to finish the quarter strong and find themselves down 22-16 after one.
The second period was slow to get going, both teams’ offenses slowed down and the fouls picked up bringing the pace to a halt. However, a quick spurt from Sterling ramped things up and they tied the game at 22 going on to take the lead, 26-24 with 2:30 to play. The teams traded baskets and Erie was able to regain their lead just before the half and took a 30-29 score into the locker room.
Tyus Wilson was sensational for the Black Bears in the first half of action. He had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 blocks. His shot-blocking ability made it difficult for Erie to go down low and find points. Despite that, Eire still found consistent offense behind Dawson Lehman with 8 points, as well as Matthew Vail and Eric Dillinger who added 7 points each. The Red Devils also did a great job taking care of the basketball with just three turnovers in the first half.
The third quarter of play was dominated by the Black Bears, they outscored Erie 17-8. Tyus Wilson added 4 more blocks in the quarter and Sterling used a 12-2 run to take a 41-32 lead with 3:51 in the third. They would finish off the period with a 46-38 score.
Sterling was able to maintain their lead throughout the final quarter. Though the Black Bear lead never felt in jeopardy, Erie played well enough to keep within reach. Sterling made up for a few empty late trips to the free-throw line with enough clutch defensive stops down the stretch to close it out.
The Black Bears won 64-54.
Erie’s season comes to an end with a 19-5 record. Matthew Vail and Dawson Lehman were the leading scorers for them this evening with 15 points each.
Sterling was led in scoring by Tyus Wilson, he had 27. Wilson also pitched in 9 boards and 11 blocks. Cade Wilkey and Caden Bressler joined him in double-figure scoring; Wilkey had 12 and Bressler had 11.
Sterling will advance to the semifinals on Friday and face Hillsboro.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment
Game 7: Boys Quarterfinal Bishop Seabury 72 Valley Heights 45
The 2 vs 7 seed quarterfinals matchup was between The Bishop Seabury Seahawks and the Valley Heights Mustangs. Bishop Seabury entered tonight with a 21-2 record; they hadn’t lost since January 25th. For Valley Heights, they came in with an also impressive 18-6 record.
The two teams were slow to get it going offensively as it was a defensive showdown for the majority of the first quarter. The scoring began to pick up when Bishop Seabury was able to complete an 8-0 run and take a 12-3 lead. The quarter would finish with a 12-5 score in favor of the Seahawks.
Bishop Seabury had another 8-0 run in the second quarter, capped off by a Zachary Bloch layup, to take a 20-7 lead. The Seahawks would maintain that double-digit lead and go to halftime leading 28-16. Bloch would lead all scorers in that first half with 12 points. For the Mustangs Jackson O’Toole had 6 points to go along with 4 assists.
The Seahawks looked to add to their lead in the third quarter and they did just that. An ‘and one’ layup from Stavian Jones, off a beautiful pass from Joao Carlos Ramirez, opened up a 22-point lead with a score of 40-18 about midway through the quarter. Bishop Seabury showed off their quickness and athleticism, getting out in transition and finishing those breaks. Many of these finishes included contact and an extra free throw. They closed out the third quarter leading.
Bishop Seabury closed out the game strong in the fourth quarter, at one time they led by 30 points late. Despite the struggles, Valley Heights did get some solid offensive production scoring 15 in the fourth. Bishop Seabury was just too much and they closed out the game, winning 72-45.
The Seahawks were led by incredible performances from Zachary Bloch and Stavian Jones. Bloch had 27 points on 12 made field goals. Jones finished with 21 points and found his way to the rim all game long.
Valley Heights finishes the season with an 18-7 record. A bright spot for them tonight Jackson O’Toole who hit four 3-pointers tonight and had 14 points.
Bishop Seabury will advance to the semifinals and face the winner of Hoxie vs Garden Plain tomorrow at 8:15.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment
Game 8: Boys Quarterfinal Garden Plain 50 Hoxie 47
The final quarterfinal matchup of the evening in the Boys Class 2A State Tournament was between the (3) Hoxie Indians and the (6) Garden Plain Owls. Hoxie came in with a 21-2 record compared to Garden Plain’s of 18-5. Hoxie didn’t waste time out of the gates, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. But, in line with the trend we’ve seen from teams all day, Garden Plain responded after an early deficit. They followed up with a 10-1 of their own to take a 10-8 lead with 3:30 left in the first. The run was created due to their intense defensive play throughout that stretch, forcing a multitude of Hoxie turnovers. The game settled back down the final minutes of the quarter and the score was 14-13 in favor of Garden Plain.
Garden Plain was able to continue and lead the contest throughout the second quarter. They had eight players score for them in the first half to tally 28 points, 14 in each quarter. On defense Garden Plain had 11 steals, 3 of them coming from senior Trey Smith. The Owl lead reached and settled at six points to end the first two quarters, leading 28-22 when the teams went to the locker rooms.
For Hoxie in that first half, they were led by 6’11 big man Harlan Obioha who had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. Both teams shot just above 40% in the first half.
The action really started to pick up the third quarter. Garden Plain continued to play efficient basketball and the teams went back in forth to start the half. Hoxie was able to climb back to make it a one possession game and with 1:45 left in the quarter Ashton Dowell calmly hit a corner three for the Indians to tie the game at 36. Garden Plain would get one more bucket to regain a two-point lead, but Hoxie’s Brady Jones hit a three-point shot from the top of the key just before the buzzer to give his team a one-point lead. Heading into the final period, it was 39-38 with Hoxie out in front.
Both teams scrapped at the start of the fourth, buckets were hard to come by. Hoxie started to get it rolling again, about midway through the quarter and created a 7-point lead with just over two minutes to play. Garden Plain wasn’t finished though, they followed up with a midrange shot from Matthew Pauly and a steal that would lead to one made free throw from Arden Rex. The Owls got another quick steal leading to a lay-up. The Indian lead was now down to just two points. After a drawn charge and an Arden Rex finish in the lane, the game was tied up with less than a minute to play. Garden Plain would go onto take a one-point lead thanks to a free throw from Matthew Pauly. Hoxie had a chance, however, with 16 seconds to play to regain their lead. They got a solid look, but Harlan Obioha’s elbow jumper wouldn’t fall. Pauly made two more free throws for the Owls, the score was now 50-47 in favor of Garden Plain with just 1.5 seconds to play.
Hoxie had one more prayer but couldn’t complete a homerun pass. Garden Plain was victorious winning by the final score of 50-47. It was a hard-fought game with both teams displaying incredible heart. Harlan Obioha led Hoxie with 21 points and Parker Jones added 10 more. For Garden Plain, Matthew Pauly was their leading scorer with 13 and Arden Rex tallied 11.
Hoxie will finish the season with a 21-3 record, for Garden Plain they improve their record to 19-5.
Carson Byers, Tournament Correspondent, Presented by BTI Equipment

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