KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 4A KSHSAA State Basketball
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Game Recaps
Girls Quarterfinal Game 1: Clay Center 47 Eudora 42
Clara Edwards and her Clay Center teammates paid no attention to the seedings in their quarterfinal game of the Class 4A Girls State Tournament at Tony Pizza Events Center.
Edwards, a junior forward, scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the seventh-seeded Tigers upset second-seeded Eudora 47-42 Wednesday afternoon. Lexi Liby added 15 points, helping Clay Center advance to the semifinals against either third-seeded Kansas City-Piper or sixth-seeded Baldwin and a game at 3 p.m. Friday.
Clay Center (17-6) led 22-21 at halftime and the game was close throughout most of the third quarter. Tied at 28, the Tigers took the lead for good with a 9-0 run that started with back-to-back 3-pointers by Liby and ended with a conventional 3-point play by Edwards.
Clay Center extend its lead to 40-32 early in the fourth quarter, but Eudora (20-3) battled back. A 3-pointer by Reagan Hiebert and two Hiebert free throws got the Cardinals within 40-37 with 4½ minutes left.
Harper Schreiner’s free throw and basket narrowed the Eudora deficit to 42-40 with 44.6 seconds left, but Clay Center made 5 of 6 free throws the final 29.6 seconds – four by Edwards – to seal the deal.
Edwards was 8 of 12 from the field and 8 of 9 at the foul line. Liby scored her 15 points on five 3-pointers. Clay Center shot 44.4 percent (16 of 36) from the field and scored 11 points off 15 Cardinal turnovers.
Hiebert paced Eudora with 22 points that included 6 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc. Riley Heibert and Schreiner added eight point apiece, Schreiner also grabbing eight rebounds. The Cardinals shot 35 percent (15 of 43) and won the rebounding battle 29-17.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 2: Girls Quarterfinal KC Piper 63 Baldwin 48
Kansas City-Piper is the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A Girls State Tournament, but served notice it has designs on finishing higher than third.
Led by Grace Banes’ long-distance shooting and a tenacious defensive effort, the Pirates rolled to a 63-48 victory over sixth-seeded Baldwin on Wednesday afternoon at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Piper (21-2) advance to the semifinals against either top-seeded Nickerson or eighth-seeded Buhler at 6:30 p.m. Friday. It was the Pirates' 15th consecutive victory since back-to-back losses to Aquinas and McPherson on January 3 and 4.
Piper pulled away in the second quarter. Leading 18-10 midway through the period, the Pirates took off on a decisive 24-3 run that gave them a 42-13 lead with 3½ minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Their lead grew to as many as 31 points (54-23) early in the fourth period. Banes led Piper with 20 points that included six 3-pointers (6 of 7). Four others scored at least seven points – Alison Vigil finishing with eight points and six rebounds, and Emma Serrano with eight points. Ayreona Carter had five points, five rebounds and five blocks.
Piper shot 43.8 percent from the field (21 of 48), including 10 of 16 beyond the arc. The Pirates also forced 23 Baldwin turnovers that led to 22 points.
Baldwin (17-6) got 11 points apiece from Riley Smith and Nicolette Morgan. Josephine Boyle added seven points and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 36.4 percent for the game (16 of 44), but were much better the second half – 63.2 percent (12 of 19) – after shooting just 16 percent (4 of 25) the first 16 minutes. They also out-rebounded Piper 31-25.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 3: Girls Quarterfinal Nickerson 63 Buhler 36
Nickerson showed why it’s the top seed in the Class 4A Girls State Tournament and dispatched another Reno County team in the process.
Morgan Stout dominated the game inside, scoring 23 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking six shots as the Panthers rolled over eighth-seeded Buhler 61-36 on Wednesday night at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Nickerson (21-2) advances to the semifinals and a game against either fourth-seeded Bishop Miege or No. 5 Chapman at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Stout, a 6-foot-2 senior, was 11 of 18 from the field and was just too much for the smaller Crusaders. Ava Jones added 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Nickerson while sisters Kieryn Ontjes and Madison Ontjes had nine and eight points, respectively.
Nickerson took control in the first quarter, extending a 6-4 lead to 21-6 with 2:44 left in the half – Stout accounting for eight points during the surge. The Panthers outscored Buhler 34-8 in the paint for the game.
The Panthers led 27-14 at halftime and continued to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring Buhler 16-3, and took a comfortable 43-17 lead into the final quarter.
Nickerson was equally dominant on the defensive end, limiting Buhler to 26.7 percent shooting (12 of 45) and forcing 22 turnovers. Nickerson had 12 turnovers.
Haley Miller paced the Crusaders (14-9) with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kara Stutterheim and Emily Schmidt each scored six, and Alyvia Owens grabbed nine rebounds and had four points.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 4: GIrls Quarterfinal Bishop Miege 60 Chapman 45
It wasn’t easy, but defending champion Bishop Miege managed to advance to the semifinals of the Class 4A Girls State Tournament, keeping the Stags’ hopes of winning a sixth title in the last seven years alive.
Emajin McCallop scored 20 points and had five assists, and the Stags pulled away the final four minutes of the game in posting a 60-45 victory over upset-minded Chapman on Wednesday night as Tony’ Pizza Events Center.
Miege, the No. 4 seed, will play top-seeded Nickerson at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Nickerson downed Buhler 61-36 earlier in the day.
Miege (21-2) led 26-20 at halftime and 40-31 after three quarters. Chapman, the No. 5 seed, narrowed the gap to 48-40 with 4:05 left on two McKenna Kirkpatrick free throw that capped a 6-0 rally. But the Stags responded by outscoring the Irish 12-5 the rest of the game – Ashton Verhulst six consecutive points during the run.
Miege hasn’t lost to a Kansas team this season and kept the streak alive by outrebounding Chapman 33-15 and getting 18 second chance points to the Irish’s two. The Stags also forced 16 turnovers that led to 20 points.
Miege shot 44.2 percent (23 of 52), but had trouble slowing down Chapman, which shot 52 percent (14 of 27). The Irish shot 63.6 percent the first half (7 of 11).
Verhulst, who has signed with Division I Central Florida, scored 14 points and had four rebounds while Gabriella Henderson-Artis had 11 points.
Kirkpatrick led Chapman (18-5) with 17 points and five rebounds. Ashlyn Bledsoe chipped in 13 points and five rebounds, and Kylie Adams 10 points and four rebounds.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 5: Boys Quarterfinal Rose Hill 61 Parsons 57
Koby Campbell and the No. 8-seeded Rose Hill Rockets would not be denied.
Trailing by 12 points at halftime, Campbell sparked a furious second-half comeback that culminated in a 61-57 upset victory over top-seeded Parsons in the first round of the Class 4A Boys State Tournament at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Campbell, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, scored a game-high 32 points – 16 in each half – as Rose Hill advanced to the semifinals and a game against either fourth-seeded Augusta or fifth-seeded Ottawa at 4:45 p.m. Friday.
Trailing 34-22 at halftime, Campbell scored five points in the third quarter as Rose Hill outscored the Vikings 18-9 and were down 43-40 entering the fourth quarter.
Campbell took the game over from there, scoring the Rockets’ first seven points and 10 of the first 12 in the quarter. His basket with 1:46 left gave Rose Hill a 58-52 lead and he capped the blitz with two free throws the final 36.8 second.
Campbell was 13 of 24 from the field, including 3 of 8 from beyond the arc, and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Kellan Simoneau added 11 points for the Rockets (13-10).
Senior guard Ezekiel Lyons had a monstrous game for Parsons (21-2), finishing with 26 points, six rebounds and two steals. He scored 20 the first half, but was 2 of 10 shooting the second half. Pierce Thomas, the Vikings 6-7 senior center, had 15 rebounds to go along with seven points.
Rose Hill shot 37.5 percent the first half (9 of 24), but was 14 of 28 (50 percent) the second. Parsons, conversely, shot 50 percent the first half (11 of 22), but just 22 percent (8 of 36) the second, including 1 of 9 from long range. The Vikings won the rebounding battle 40-35.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Game 6: Boys Quarterfinal Augusta 53 Ottawa 41
Two lengthy second-half scoring runs were all Augusta needed to move on.
The fourth-seeded Orioles outscored fifth-seeded Ottawa 17-2 during one stretch in the third quarter, then used a 13-0 burst in the fourth quarter in ousting the turnover-plagued Cyclones 53-41 in a first-round game of the Class 4A Boys State Tournament on Thursday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Augusta (19-4) advances to the semifinals and a game against seventh-seeded Rose Hill at 4:45 Friday. Rose Hill upset second-seeded Parsons 61-57 earlier in the day.
August used a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures – Ryan Andrews with 13 points and Brendan Parker, Jaren Jackson and Ely Wilcox adding 11 apiece.
The Orioles overcame 39 percent shooting (16 of 41) and a 34-24 rebounding deficit by forcing 25 Ottawa turnovers – 14 the second half – that led to 32 points. Augusta had 14 turnovers.
The game was tied 18-18 at halftime and Ottawa built a 24-20 third-quarter lead before the Orioles’ first run that propelled them to a 37-28 lead entering the final eight minutes.
Ottawa narrowed the deficit to 37-34 by scoring the first six points of the final period, but Augusta promptly responded with the 13-0 surge that ended the suspense.
Ottawa (16-7) was led by Kobe Johnson and Noah McCullough, who scored 12 points apiece. McCullough also grabbed nine rebounds and Reis Moore had 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. The Cyclones shot 40.5 percent (17 of 42) for the game.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment
Game 7: Boys Quarterfinal KC Piper 71 Buhler 52
Kansas City-Piper fans who might have been worried about the Pirates’ precarious four-point lead halftime didn’t have to worry once the third quarter started.
Piper, the No. 2 seed and defending 4A champion, scored the first 11 points of the third quarter and pulled away for a 71-52 victory over seventh-seeded Buhler in the first round of the Class 4A Boys State Tournament on Thursday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Piper (22-1) moves into the semifinals and a game against either third-seeded Bishop Miege or sixth-seeded Andale at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Christian Arndt led the second-half charge with 10 points and 14 rebounds. He finished with a double-double – 14 points and 19 rebounds. Three other Piper players also scored in double figures – Tyren Shelley 18 points, Tamar Bates 17 and Dilyn Taylor-Cantu 10 – as the Pirates shot 52 percent from the field (26 of 50).
They also won the rebounding handily, 43-19, which helped them overcome 14 turnovers.
Buhler (15-8) had just five turnovers, but shot 37.3 percent (19 of 51) and missed 13 of 22 free throws.
The Crusaders led 29-26 midway through the second quarter, but Piper scored the final seven points of the half and led 33-29 at the break.
The third-quarter thrust gave the Pirates a 52-38 lead entering the final period and Buhler got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Maxwell Alexander led Buhler with 23 points – 14 the first half – but was the only Crusader to reach double figures. Myles Thompson had nine points and Isaac LeShore eight.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent.vPresented by BTI Equipment.
Game 8: Boys Quarterfinal Bishop Miege 65 Andale 61
Faced with a upset in their final game of the season, Bishop Miege responded the way they’ve become accustomed in recent years.
The third-seeded Stags rallied from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit by outscoring sixth-seeded Andale 24-13 down the stretch and defeated the Indians 65-61 in the final game of the Class 4A Boys State Tournament at Tony’s Pizza Events Center on Thursday night.
Bishop Miege finished the season 19-4 and Andale 16-7 after the KSHSAA officials announced that all state tournaments would be cancelled following Thursday’s games because of the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak.
Bishop Miege appeared to be heading for defeat midway through the third quarter, trailing 42-28. The Stags, though, mounted a 13-2 comeback and got with 44-41 in the final minute of the quarter.
Baron Biermann’s layup at the buzzer and Jack Nilles’ 3-pointer to the start of the fourth quarter gave Andale a 48-41 advantage with 7:41 left in the game. That’s when the Stags went to work.
They took a 53-51 lead on Mark Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 4:00 minutes left and after Andale scored on Easton Hunter’s 3-point play, they closed the game out on a 12-7 run.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, led Miege with 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting and also had five rebounds. Harrison Braudis added 13 points – 11 the second half – and Xavier Hall 12 as the Stags shot 54.8 percent (23 of 42).
Andale’s shooting percentage was even better, 62.2 percent (23 of 37), but the Indians committed 18 turnovers that led to 24 Miege points. The Stags also outscored Andale 36-22 in the paint.
Hunter, a senior guard, paced Andale with 26 points – 21 in the first half – on 9 of 11 shooting. Biermann added 13 points.
Bob Davidson, Tournament Correspondent.vPresented by BTI Equipment.


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