KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 5A KSHSAA State Basketball
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Game Recaps
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Boys Quarterfinal Game 1: (1) Andover Trojans 60 (8) Blue Valley Southwest Timberwolves 59
Despite a 9-1 run to start the game by the Trojans and missing their first eight shots from the field, Blue Valley Southwest was able to pull even at the end of the first quarter. Blue Valley Southwest went almost six minutes before getting their first made field goal. Jack Johnson led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.
Blue Valley Southwest was able to pull ahead and force six lead changes in the second quarter but Andover entered halftime with a 33-27 lead. Jack Johnson led all scorers with 13 first-half points. Blue Valley Southwest bench outscored Andover’s bench behind Sebastian Hamm’s nine points.
In the third quarter, Andover gained control and never relinquished the lead in the second half although Blue Valley Southwest shot 64 percent in the 3rd quarter.
The T’Wolves came out in a zone to start the fourth quarter and Andover quickly scored. Andover extended the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves pull within two and had a chance to tie but missed a jumper with less than 3 minutes to play. A 3 pointer by Kaleb Gaddis with 1:55 left extended the Andover lead back to five. After Gaddis hit 1 of 2 free throws, David Kim hit a jumper to pull Blue Valley Southwest back within two. The Timberwolves had a chance to tie game but a steal by Isaiah Maikori led to free throws by Johnson who hit one of two. A three pointer by David Kim at the buzzer was not enough to complete the comeback.
Jack Johnson led all scorers with 21. Harper Jonas had 13 and Isaiah Maikori with 11. Christian Ryckman scored 12 of his 17 in the 2nd half for the Timberwolves. He was joined in double digits Thomas Zimmerman and David Kim both with 10.
The Blue Valley Southwest Timberwolves ends their season with a 9-14 record. Andover High advanced to the 5A State Semifinals to face the winner of the DeSoto vs Kapaun Mt. Carmel Friday at 4:45.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent, brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 2: Boys Quarterfinal Wichita- Kapaun Mt. Carmel 47 De Soto Wildcats 40
Will Anciaux and Blake Danitschek both poured in 16 points to lead all scorers in the 2nd quarterfinal game of 5A action leading the Kapaun Mt Caramel Crusaders to a 47-40 win.
In the first quarter both teams got off to slow start as they both shot under 25 percent for the quarter. The Crusaders led 10-6 behind 5 points from Blake Danitschek.
Kapaun Mt Carmel extended the lead to double digits with a Grant Johnson layup. De Soto continued its cold shooting as Kapuan Mt. Carmel shot 57percent in the second. Will Anciaux led all first half scorers with 12.
After a missed jumper by De Soto to start the second half, Kapaun controlled possession for over a minute that finished with a Danitschek layup. De Soto then scored five quick points to close the gap to 29-21. Scoring was back and forth for the remainder of the third quarter with the Crusaders taking a 39-27 lead into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was opened by a Coby Morton layup bringing the Wildcats within five. DeSoto closed the gap to two at 4:21 mark on a Tyler Schultze three. The Crusaders answered with a layup and never trailed the rest of the game.
Kapaun led throughout the second half as Desoto was a combined 6-16 from the free throw line. Nathan Barnhart has a game high five block and Wyatt Noll scored 18 points in a losing effort.
The Wildcats end their season with a 16-7 record. Kapaun Mt. Carmel advances to the 5A semifinals to face Andover High Friday at 4:45.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 3: Boys Quarterfinal Basehor-Linwood Bobcats 76 Andover Central Jaguars 72
In the 2019 Boys Class 5A championship game, Andover Central would prevail over Basehor-Linwood. In 2020, the Bobcats would avenge that loss led by the one-two punch of Jordan Brown and Connor Younger’s combined 58 points in the third quarterfinal game of 5A with a 76-72 win.
In a back and forth battle involving five early lead changes, the Jaguars led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter. Younger led the Bobcats with 11 first quarter points while Skyler Clevenger led the balanced Andover Central offense will eight points.
The second quarter saw Basehor-Linwood battle back and tie the game on a Younger free throw with 4:38 left in the quarter and lead 32-28 at the half. There was a combined 22 fouls and 15 turnovers in the half. Both teams shot 23 percent from the field for the quarter. The Bobcats were led in the first half by Younger who had 16 points. Xavier Bell led Andover Central in the first half with 12 points.
Coming out of the halftime locker rooms, Brown connected on a three from the deep corner to extend the halftime lead for the Bobcats. Bell later scored a layup and one for the Jaguars which sparked a 7-2 to bring the Jaguars within 37-36. The Bobcats extended their lead to 12 on multiple occasions and led 53-46 at the end of the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, it would look like Andover Central would make another comeback however another Younger three with 6:30 to go put the Bobcats up 56-50. Jerome Goossen of Andover Central and Younger would exchange baskets for the several possessions. It would ultimately come down to a missed three by Bell and made free throws down the stretch by the Bobcats.
Bell and Goossen combined for 58 points Andover Central in a losing effort.
Defending champion Andover Central ends their season with a 14-9 record. Basehor-Linwood advances to the Boys Class 5A State Semifinals to face either Hays or Highland Park Friday at 8:15pm at White Auditorium in Emporia.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 4: Boys Quarterfinal Hays Indians 46 Highland Park Scots 43
Two teams ending long state appearance droughts matched up in the final game of the day as the Hays Indians defeated the Highland Park Scots.
Both teams came out of and attacked from the opening tip. Highland Park came out hitting their first four shots of the game and jumped out to a 15-5 lead forcing a Hays timeout. All five starters for the Scots scored in the first leading to the 10 point advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Scots continued the aggressive offense approach in the second quarter but could not get a basket until a Cory Powell three, two minutes in. Dalyn Schwarz got the scoring started for the Indians with a layup followed by a Carson Kieffer layup to cut the lead to 18-9 halfway through the period. Hays outscored Highland Park down the stretch but still trailed at the half 22-15. Hays was led in scoring by Kieffer with five. Powell led the Scots with 8 first half points.
Hays came of the locker room and knocked down their first three shots and closed the gap to three after the Schwarz and one. Highland Park maintained their lead throughout the third quarter however the lead was cut to one. Hays got a transition layup by Kieffer followed by a Schwarz layup for a 34-33 deficit for the Indians heading to the final frame.
The Scots controlled the tempo and the game until Hays got their first lead of the game with a T.J. Nunnery three with 6 minutes to go in the game to go ahead 36-35. A steal and layup by Kevlin Curry help Highland Park regain the lead. Hays took the lead right back with a Kieffer layup followed by another Kieffer layup to lead 41-38 with 2 minutes remaining. Cory Powell hit a step back three for the Scots with 1:31 to tie the game at 43. Kieffer hit a free throw with 20 seconds left. Powell missed a corner three which was followed by made free throws by Nunnery. A contested three at the buzzer by Juan Tario Roberts hit off the back of the rim and bounced away.
Highland Park was led a pair of double digit scorers. Jahi Peppers had 10 and Powell finished with 14. Kieffer led a trio of Indians in double digits with 19 points included the game winning free throw. He finished with 19 followed by Nunnery with 14 and Schwarz with 10.
Highland Park ends their season with a 15-8 record. The Hays Indians advance to the Boys Class 5A State Semifinals to face Basehor-Linwood Friday night at White Auditorium in Emporia. Tip-off is set for 8:15.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 5: Girls Quarterfinal McPherson Bullpups 57 Basehor-Linwood Bobcats 42
In the first quarterfinal of Day 2 in the KSHSAA 5A State tournament, the McPherson Bullpups showed why they are the number 1 seed. They led the entire game and cruised to a 57-42 victory over the Bobcats of Basehor-Linwood.
In the first quarter, McPherson junior Grace Pyle picked up 2 fouls and had to sit the last four minutes. The Bullpups were led by senior Cassie Cooks’s 6 points and led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. Basehor-Lindwood had a balance with four players scoring but no one had more than three points in the quarter.
The second quarter opened the same way as the first with a Cooks layup to begin the scoring. Cooks continued to dominate down low with a layup and one with 5:13 to push the lead to double digits as Lucy Lally of the Bobcats picked up her third foul of the first half. Pyle picked up her first points of the game on a three pointer from the wing to push the lead to 24-13. The traded baskets and McPherson went into the locker room with a 10 point lead. The Bullpups were led by Cooks with 9 points and 6 rebounds. The Bobcats were 0 for 8 from behind the arc.
McPherson continued to control the game in the third quarter stretching the lead to 15. Emma Rundle hit a pair of triples in the quarter. Lally hit a three to cut the lead to 10 but the Bobcats would get no closer as the quarter was capped off by a corner three by McPherson’s Kassidy Beam to push the lead to 47-31.
The Bobcats used a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 49-40 with 5:39 left in the game. After a McPherson timeout and turnovers by each team, Pyle converted a layup and the Bullpups never looked back.
The Bullpups were led by Pyle’s double-double (11 pts, 15 rebs) along with Beam’s 14 pts and Rundle’s 11. Lally led the Bobcats in a losing effort with her own double-double (10 pts, 11 rebs).
Basehor-Linwood ends their season with a 16-7 record. The Bullpups advance to the Girls Class 5A State Semifinals to face the winner of the Overland Park-St. Thomas Aquinas/Maize South tomorrow at 3:00 at White Auditorium in Emporia.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment
Game 6: Girls Quarterfinal OP-St. Thomas Aquinas 62 Maize South 35
In a rematch of the 2019 Quarterfinals and teams with identical records, the defending state champs started their quest for back to back championships the same they started their 2019 run with as they dominated from the tip to a decisive 62-35 victory over Maize South.
The Saints gained control of the tip and Sydney Watts knocked down a three. Beatrice Culliton followed with a layup and one for a quick 6-0 start for St. Thomas. Madison Skelton hit back to back threes and extended the lead to 12-2. The Saints made four of six three point attempts in the quarter en route to a 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Katherine Wagner scored all 7 first quarter points for the Mavericks.
The second quarter was more of the same as Claire Thomas scored a layup to start the scoring for the Saints. The Mavericks scored their first points of the second quarter at the 4:03 mark with a Kaydyn Davison three. Culliton led all scorers with 12 in the first half while Wagner led the Mavericks with 10. The Saints led 30-13 behind 57 percent shooting in the first half.
After a slow start in the second half, the Saints pushed the lead to 20 after a pair of Culliton free throws. Watts hit a three for St. Thomas Aquinas at the third quarter buzzer to extend the lead to 47-25.
Wagner finished her Maize South career with a team high 18 points. Culliton led a trio of Saints in double digits with a game high 22 points. Skelton and Watts also had double digits with 10 and 11 respectively. Claire Thomas a game high 8 rebounds for St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Maize South Mavericks ends their season with a 18-5 record. The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints advance to the Girls Class 5A State Semifinals to face McPherson in another 2019 state tournament rematch tomorrow at 3:00 at White Auditorium in Emporia.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 7: Girls Quarterfinal Andover Central 61 De Soto 52
In the third quarterfinal, the two seed Andover Central shook off the early jitters to advance to the Girls Class 5A semi-final with a 61-52 win over De Soto.
After a quick start by De Soto, Andover Central scored 14 straight to take a 14-5 with 3 minutes to in the first quarter. Back to back threes by Mackenzie Schupe and Katelynn Ostronic but the lead to 3 but was quickly answered with a Bailey Wilborn 3. Brittany Harshaw of Andover Central led all scorers with 8. Shupe and Ostronic combined for all 11 of De Soto’s points as they trailed 17-11.
The Wildcats battled with the help of three pointers by Ostronic and LaMayh Ricks and eventually took a 21-20 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Andover Central bounced back with a 17-2 capped off with a Wilborn three from the top of the arc to take a lead 37-23. De Soto closed the gap but still trailed 37-27 at the half. Harshaw continued to lead all scorers with 13 while Ostronic leads the Wildcats with 12.
Ostronic continued to lead the Wildcats in an effort to make a comeback early in the second half. Andover Central rebounded to push the lead to 41-31. Emily Stearns hit a corner three followed by a Wilborn three to take a 49-34 lead. Ostronic had 10 third quarter points and the Wildcats closed the gap to trail 49-40.
De Soto continued to battle to start the fourth quarter as Shupe hit a three to cut the lead to 49-43 and forced an Andover Central timeout. After De Soto cut the lead to five both teams traded three pointers to make the score 54-49 with 1:03 to play. Andover Central hit 7 of 9 free throws in the last minute to hold off De Soto.
Ostronic led De Soto with a 24 point 10 rebound double-double. The Jaguars were led in scoring by Harshaw with 19 points.
De Soto ends their season with a 16-7 record. The Andover Central Jaguars advances to the Girls Class 5A State Semifinals to face either Topeka Seaman or Maize at 6:30 Friday for a shot to play for the 2020 state championship game tomorrow at White Auditorium in Emporia.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.
Game 8: Girls Quarterfinal Topeka Seaman 54 Maize 44
Seaman, led by a defense that forced Maize into 18 turnovers, was victorious 54-44 in the season finale for both teams.
Maize jumped out to a 9-4 lead behind 7 early points from Kyla Frenchers however Seaman battled back to take a 10-9. Maize went scoreless in the last 5:39 of the first quarter as the Vikings took a 12-9 lead into the second quarter.
Raigan Kramer hit a three pointer to extend the lead to 15-9 right out of the second quarter gate. The Eagles went nine minutes without a made field goal. During the drought the Vikings went on a 17-0 run to gain control. Joscelyne Espinoza hit a Maize three to make it 21-13. Madison Steiner hit a three at the buzzer to take a 25-17 lead into the half time locker room. Maize had 11 first half turnovers. Frenchers led the Eagles with 9 points while the Vikings were led by Steiner and Camryn Turner with 7.
Maize came out from the halftime break and immediately went on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 27-24 with 5:26 left in the third. Maize regained the lead off a jumper by Emily Laham at 30-29. After three lead changes in the final 90 seconds of the 3rd quarter, Turner buried a three at the buzzer to give Seaman a 38-32 lead going into the 4th quarter.
Steiner hit a three with 5:20 left in the game to increase the Seaman back up to eight at 43-35. Successful layups on consecutive trips down the floor for Seaman was part of 9-3 run to push the lead back up to 12.
Turner led the Vikings in scoring in a winning effort with 20 points and was joined in double digits by Steiner and Chloe Carter. The Eagles were led in scoring by Frenchers with 16 points.
With the earlier announcement that the all state tournaments would conclude tonight the Maize Eagles end their season with a 16-7 record. With the victory tonight, the Seaman Vikings end their season with a record of 20-3.
Chris Ehr, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap brought to you by BTI Equipment.

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