KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 3A KSHSAA State Basketball
presented by BTI Equipment
Game Recaps
Boys Quarterfinal Game 1: Wichita Collegiate 56 Colby 48
Wichita Collegiate took on Colby in their opening game of the 109th annual KSHSAA Boys State Championship, and ended with the victory over the Eagles, 56-48. The Spartans got off to a good offensive and defensive start, scoring the first seven points of the game and not allowing Colby to score for the first three minutes of the game. Wichita Collegiate ended the first quarter with a 14-9 advantage and had great help from Gradey Dick, who ended up with seven points in the first quarter.
The Spartans ended the half with a 28-20 lead. Gradey led all scorers with 12 points, and was the only Spartan player in double figures. Colby ended the half with nine turnovers and was led in scoring by Peyton Wahlmeier, who had five points.
The Eagles did bring the game within two points early in the second half thanks to an and-one opportunity and a three pointer, and at one point had the lead over the Spartans 32-31. The third quarter was closely contested as both teams scored 12 points in the period. Gradey Dick continued his excellent play in the third and had 19 points at the end of the third.
The Spartans would then go on to outscore the Eagles 18-14 in the final quarter of play and pulled away for a 17 point lead at one point. Nineteen turnovers by Colby ended up to be costly for them down the stretch, as the Spartans ended the game with only 12. Gradey Dick was the leading scorer with 21 points. He also finished with five assists and four steals. Colby was led by Calvin Stapp and Peyton Wahlmeier, who both ended the game with 12 points. Ryan Myers also had a solid game for the Eagles, putting up 11 points. Wichita Collegiate will move on to the next round where they will face the winner of the Beloit vs Seneca-Nemaha Central game.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent, brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 2 Boys Quarterfinal: Beloit 51 Nemaha Central 43
Beloit gets the win over Nemaha-Central by a score of 51-43. Nemaha-Central jumped out to an eight-point lead early in the game, and outscored Beloit 12-7, but after that the rest of the game was controlled by Beloit. They outscored the Thunder 16-12 in the second quarter, with the scoring help of Hudson Gray and Bryce Mason, who both finished with six points in the first half.
The third quarter was the same story for the Trojans, outscoring the Thunder 17-13. Through three quarters, Bryce Mason was the leading scorer for Beloit, with help from teammates Vince Palen, Hudson Gray, and Carson Cox, all with eight points each. The Trojans had a 10 point lead with 3:20 left in the quarter, before the Thunder shrunk that lead to just three. It was a close one after three periods, the Trojans with a 40-37 advantage.
Beloits defense stepped up big in the final quarter of play, only allowing six points from the Thunder. 11 offensive rebounds also helped add more possessions for the Trojans and helped them to the win. Bryce Mason ended the game with 16 points, and Vincent Palen added 11 points. The Thunder were led by Marcus Beck who had 11 points as well. He was the only Thunder player in double figures. The Beloit Trojans will move on to the next round, where they will face Wichita Collegiate.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent, brought you by BTI Equipment.
Game 3: Boys Quarterfinal St. Marys 49 Haven 44
The #8 seeded St. Mary’s Bears pulled off the upset against the #1 seeded Haven Wildcats in a thrilling game at the Sports Arena, 49-44. The Bears got off to a fast start in the first quarter, going 4-6 as a team from beyond the arc. They ended with a five point advantage over the Wildcats, and kept that momentum going into the second quarter. The defense for the Bears was fantastic in that second quarter, only allowing five points from the Wildcats. Jaxon Hurla was the leading scorer in the first half for St. Mary’s with nine points, all of his points from three-point range. At one point the Bears stretched their lead all the way to 17 points, and finished the half with a 15 point lead, 29-14.
However, in the second half, Haven started to pick up momentum. After forcing an eight second violation, and hitting a couple of threes, they trimmed the lead to just six. They outscored the Bears in the third quarter by six points, and the lead was only nine at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the lead was trimmed to just three after a triple from Haven, and with 30 seconds to go the lead was shrunk to just two. Two missed free throws really cost Haven at the end, as the Bears get the win behind 47.1% three point shooting. Isaiah Holz was the leading scorer for St. Mary’s with 13 points. Caden Hurla also had a nice game, scoring 11 points and dishing out eight assists. Haven suffers just its third loss of the season. They finish the year with a 21-3 record. The Bears improve to 14-10 and will move on to the next round where they will await their next opponent, the winner of Galena-Burlington.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent, brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 4: Boys Quarterfinal Galena 61 Burlington 54
The fourth and final game of the day was played by the Galena Bulldogs and the Burlington Wildcats. Both teams had 18-5 records coming into the game, but it would be the Bulldogs getting the win by a score of 61-54. They finished the first quarter with a 19-9 lead over the Wildcats. The Wildcats would make a comeback in the second quarter, outscoring Galena by 10 points. The score was tied at 26 at halftime. Burlington improved its shooting percentage immensely in the second quarter, shooting 45.5% from the field, compared to 33.3% from the field in the first quarter.
The third quarter saw the Bulldogs outscoring the Wildcats 12-seven, and finished the quarter with a five point lead, 38-33. Tyler Little was making his presence felt for Galena. He finished with 24 points and had 13 rebounds, while also having three assists and two blocks. Galena also had contributions from Brett Sarwinski with 15 points and seven steals, and Logan Henderson who had 11 points, three assists and a block. Overall, the Bulldogs shot 48.6% from the field and made 25 free throws compared to Burlington’s four free throws made. Trevr Bahr had a good game for Burlington, scoring 20 points. He was the only Wildcat in double figures.
Galena improves to 19-5 and will face St. Mary’s in the next round.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent, brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 5: Girls Quarterfinal Nemaha Central 45 Osage City 35
The Nemaha Central Thunder kept its undefeated record alive as they beat the Osage County Lady Indians in the first game of the day, 45-35. It was a slow start offensively for both teams in the first quarter. The first basket of the game was scored by Nemaha-Central with 4 minutes and 20 seconds left in the quarter. Osage Country scored its first basket with 48 seconds remaining in the first. The Thunder had an 11-4 lead over the Indians after the first eight minutes. The Indians struggled shooting the ball, going 1-7 from the field.
The Thunder would then go on to stretch out their lead in the second quarter. They outscored the Indians 14-8 in the quarter, with Alleigh Kramer leading the way with 11 points. The Indians shot 4-17 in the first half, and had a 25-12 deficit going into the half.
The Indians would improve their shooting in the third quarter, shooting 40% and ended up outscoring the Thunder, 10-9 in the quarter. The Thunder had a 17 point lead at the midway point through the third, but the Indians cut into that lead and the score was 34-22 at the end of the quarter.
The final quarter was tightly contested, as the Indians outscored the Thunder by two points 13-11, but it wasn’t enough. Nemaha Central get the win and improve to 24-0 on the season. The team was led by Alleigh Kramer, who finished with 17 points. The Osage City Lady Indians had contributions from Danielle Kerns, who finished with 11 points, while Taylin Kirkpatrick and Hayden Serna had 10 points each. The Nemaha Central Thunder will next play the winner of Phillipsburg-Cheney.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent. Brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 6: Girls Quarterfinal Cheney 66 Phillipsburg 53
The Cheney Cardinals played against the Phillipsburg Panthers in game two of the day and got the win, 66-53. The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter of play, and were led by Kylee Scheer and Lexi Cline with seven points each. Phillipsburg struggled shooting the ball in the first quarter going 2-10 and shooting 20%, while also committing six turnovers. Cheney shot a solid 52% in the first.
The second quarter ended with a 36-25 lead for the Cardinals. Kylee Scheer added seven more points to her scoring total and finished with 14 after two quarters of play, while Lexi Cline added nine. The shooting struggles continued for the Panthers. They were shooting 21.1 % from the field. Despite the poor shooting and more fouls committed by the Cardinals, the Panthers were able to equal the Cardinals in points in the quarter with 16. Taryn Sides was playing well in the first half for Phillipsburg, finishing the first half with 12 points.
Sides would continue putting the ball in the basket in the second half, where she finished with 23 points overall. However, her scoring outburst would not be enough as Cheney was able to hold on in the fourth quarter despite being outscored in the final quarter. Kylee Scheer led the Cardinals in scoring with 19 total points, while Lexi Cline put up 15. Anna Martin was the third player with double digit scoring for Cheney, finishing with 10. Overall, the Panthers shot 33.3% for the game and Cheney shot 48%. With 23 points, Taryn Sides led the Panthers in scoring, and Kay Pakkebier added 10. Those would be the only Phillipsburg players scoring in double digits.
With the 13 point win, the Cheney Cardinals will face the undefeated Nemaha Central Thunder in the semifinals.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent. Brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 7: Girls Quarterfinal Frontenac 42 Jefferson West 40
The Frontenac Raiders and Jefferson West Tigers went head to head in an overtime battle that ended with a Raider victory, 42-40. The first quarter started out well for Jefferson West, as they opened up with an 11-4 lead, and finished the quarter with a 14-8 lead. The scoring was spread out among the Tigers with five players scoring at least a point in the first period. The Raiders shot 3-12 from the field in the first quarter. They would start out the second quarter on a 7-0 run to erase the deficit and take a one point lead, and they would finish the quarter with a one point lead over the Tigers, 25-24. Jefferson West was led by Kristin Biloft who had 12 points in the first half. Kynlee Lakey shot 4-4 from the field and finished the half with nine points to lead the Raiders.
The third quarter was a defensive clinic as the two teams only scored three points each. Jefferson West shot 0-9 in the third quarter and Frontenac 1-10. The quarter finished with Jefferson West in the lead by one point, 28-27. The fourth quarter was also all about the defense. Jefferson West scored six total points and Frontenac scored seven. Karma Fields was the leading scorer in regulation for the Raiders with 13 points. The Tigers were led by Krstin Biloft who had 14 points. The game was tied up at 34 at the end up regulation, forcing overtime.
In overtime, the Raiders just edged by the Tigers, outscoring them 8-6 in OT. After a missed free throw from the Raiders, they got their own offensive rebound, and were able to make it a two possession game. Jefferson West had multiple chances at the end to either win or send it to double overtime, but was unable to take advantage. Karma Fields ended up being the leading scorer for the Raiders with 15. Kristin Biloft finished with 17 points and had a couple of steals to lead the Tigers. The #2 seeded Raiders will face the winner of Halstead vs Scott Community.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent. Brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 8: Girls Quarterfinal Halstead 45 Scott Community 41 Double Overtime
The Halstead Dragons took on the Scott City Beavers in the final game of the Girls quarterfinals. Both teams went into this game with identical records, 20 wins and three losses. The game ended in a nail biting victory for the Dragons in double overtime. There was an 11-9 lead for the Beavers after one quarter of play. Brynn McCorick put up four points and had four rebounds as well in the first quarter.
Halstead shot 3-15 in the first quarter, while Scott City shot 4-12.
The second quarter was well played defensively by the Beavers. They only allowed three points from the Dragons in the quarter. The big difference in the first half was free throw shooting. Scott City shot 9-13 from the line and Halstead shot 1-4. All of the Beavers nine points in the quarter came from the free throw line. In the first half the Beavers shot 5-19 from the field while the Dragons shot 4-21. The score at halftime was 20-12, the Beavers with the lead.
Momentum was building for the Dragons in the third quarter. They cut the lead to just six during the quarter, but the Beavers were able to expand their lead to nine. The score at the end of the quarter was 29-20 in favor of Scott City. Karenna Gerber also had a solid first three quarters with eight points and 10 rebounds for Halstead.
Halstead picked up even more momentum in the fourth quarter. They cut the Beaver lead down to one, before a Beaver three point made it a two possession game. The Dragons would then take the lead with a three pointer, which made the score 33-32. The game was tied at 33 with a little more than a minute left. A backcourt violation with five seconds left gave possession to the Dragons with the game still tied at 33. The game would end up going to overtime, after an excellent quarter by the Dragons, outscoring the Beavers, 13-4.
In overtime, the two teams kept trading baskets and trading possessions. A blocked shot at the end of overtime sent the game to double OT.
Double overtime did not disappoint. Halstead took a two point lead with a minute left in the period thanks to a three pointer and a Scott City missed free throw. Two made free throws from the Dragons made it a two possession game, 45-41. The final score ended up being 45-42, a close game and a very intense game.
Adam Kolb, Tournament Correspondent. Brought to you by BTI Equipment.

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