KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 6A KSHSAA State Basketball
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Game Recaps
Girls Quarter Final Game 1: Liberal 41 vs Olathe South 33
Liberal opens the game with the first basket by Katie Horyna as she made an impressive sharp cut to the basket with a layup. Olathe South answers with a layup by Dani Winslow. Both teams looked to get into their offense quickly that caused some turnovers by both teams trying to get a feel of each other throughout this first quarter. Liberal has an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Liberal working the ball on the inside to the post to get the first bucket of the second quarter. Olathe South looking to stay close in this game while getting more of their shots in the basket. Machia Mulens for Liberal was the outstanding player for them as she continues to get in the lane and use her size and height to her advantage around the rim as well as stepping out and knocking down the three ball. Both teams played better in this quarter but Liberal was able to go into halftime with a 23-16 lead.
Coming out of halftime to start the second half once again Liberal gets an easy basket with the first points of the half. A couple empty possessions by Olathe South causes Liberal to take advantage to get more baskets. Olathe South doing a better job defensively causing turnovers and able to score on those possessions. Sophie Reed for Olathe South looking to bring the team back in the game by going on a bit of a scoring run of her own. The intensity of Olathe South on both ends of the floor has got them back in the game with Liberal holding a 31 to 29 lead heading into the final quarter of the game.
As the fourth quarter begins Olathe South changes their defense to a 2-3 zone to confuse the offense of Liberal. The momentum for both teams has expanded at a high level in the first few minutes of this fourth quarter. With both teams’ defenses picking up against each other, both teams are having trouble on the offensive end. Liberal gets out on a little bit of a run to expand their lead. One final push was made by Olathe South, but their run comes up short as they fall to Liberal 41 to 33.
Machia Mulens led her team and all scorers with 20 points, along with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Olathe South had two players score in double figures from Sophie Reed and Dani Winslow each scoring 12 points. Olathe South won the rebounding battle 37 to 31 while both teams shot the ball under 40% from the field.
Liberal will keep their undefeated season alive as they will advance to the semifinal round Friday afternoon March 13, at 3:00 pm as they will play the winner of Derby vs Shawnee Mission Northwest
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. Brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 2: Girls Quarterfinal Derby 44 vs Shawnee Mission Northwest 39 – Double Overtime
Coming right out of the gate Derby is looking to use their size in the front court as their main game plan to get their offense going. Shawnee Mission Northwest however gets the first basket on the board. Derby looks to cause Shawnee Mission Northwest turnovers early as they use their 2-2-1 full court press. The ball movement gets Derby’s offense going with five quick points off an inside basket and a wide open three-point shot. Within the first five minutes Derby pushes their lead up to 7. After a scoring drought Shawnee Mission Northwest scores their second basket of the game. The offense of Derby continues to dominate as they end the end the first quarter with a 14 to 4 lead while shooting 6/11 from the field.
Shawnee Mission Northwest opens with the second quarter’s first basket. Their offense is starting to pick-up as they score 5 quick points within two minutes. After forcing Derby into missed shots and some turnovers the cougars have been able to get some shots to fall on offense to get back in the game. Derby responds with some offense of their own with Shawnee Mission Northwest responding right back at them with some quick offense. The cougars had a better defensive quarter holding the panthers to 5 points in the second quarter. Derby still leads at halftime 19-15.
The Cougars come storming out of the locker room with the first basket of the second half as they picked up right where they left off in the second quarter. The run continues for Shawnee Mission Northwest as they have cut the lead to 1 point as Derby is forced to call a timeout. After a basket by the Panthers the Cougars return the favor by hitting a big 3 to tie the game. A big defensive stop leads to a inside back as the Cougars now have the lead, with a missed stop on defense Derby can get inside for a layup to tie the game. After some possessions back and forth and a late free throw by Kennedy Taylor gives the Cougars a 1-point lead heading into the final quarter 27 to 26.
The final eight minutes of this game was the most aggressive and the most intense quarter throughout the whole game. Both teams are showing that extra aggressiveness and intensity to the game is tied up at 32 with under 3:30 left in the game. Under a minute left in the game each team is giving their all but with the inside presence of Kennedy Taylor for Shawnee Mission Northwest gives them the lead but Derby responds back with a free throw that ties the game at 35 as the Cougars call a timeout with the ball with 14 seconds left in the game. The Cougars had two opportunities to win the game, but they come up short and the game goes into overtime.
Derby opens the overtime period with a corner three to give them an early 3-point lead. Shawnee Mission Northwest gets a basket off an offensive rebound to cut the lead to one. The Panthers come back and go 1 for 2 from the free throw line and now have a 39 to 37 lead with 1:14 left in the game with Derby calling a quick timeout. Out of the timeout the Cougars looked to get a basket and scores to tie the game once again. With the huge stop and a rebound the Cougars will look to go for the win again with the ball out of the timeout with 18.4 seconds left. Another missed opportunity by the cougars to win the game forces double overtime with the game tied at 39.
With this extra period, both teams are still showing that defensive aggression, with a foul called on the cougars Derby retains the lead with the score 41 to 39. Another foul is called, this time against Derby as the cougars come up empty off the 1 and 1 but retain possession. After some missed opportunities from the cougars they are forced to foul as derby pushes their lead to 3 points with 32 seconds left in the game. Derby forces a crucial turnover off the inbounds pass as Shawnee Mission Northwest is forced to foul once again. With a final push by the Cougars comes up empty as the Derby Panthers survive and come out with a 44 to 39 win.
The overall view of this game was on the defensive end. The cougars outrebounded the panthers 33 to 28. While Kennedy Taylor lead with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Derby was able to have three players with 8 points each.
Derby will continue their push to the state championship as they will face undefeated Liberal on Wednesday March 13th at 3:30pm.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap was brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 3: Girls Quarterfinals Topeka 79 Olathe North 55
The game starts off with 5 quick points in the first 20 seconds of the game for Topeka. Olathe North storms right back with some offense of their own as they trail by 3. The immediate full court pressure by both teams has caused some fast paste play at the start of this game. The trojans roar right back and have an early 6 point lead. The run continues for Topeka as they lead 14 to 4. The very intense and aggressive full court trap has caused Olathe North to continue to turn the ball over and that leads to more easy baskets for the trojans as they lead 21 to 4 with under 3:30 left in the first quarter. The scoring drought ends for the Eagles as they can get their third basket of the game but still trail big early. The first quarter comes to an end as Topeka leads 30 to 6.
The Eagles go on a quick 4-0 scoring run to reach double digits scoring to have 10 points total in the game. Topeka calls a timeout after Olathe North nails a much needed 3 to cut more into the deficit. Olathe North showing a little bit more of offensive light this quarter but still trail 34 to 18 with 3 minutes left until halftime. Eagles showing more intensity in their full court pressure and half court man to man defense allowing them to get some stops that leads to some needed baskets. This run continues for Olathe North, but the trojans can answer back as they go into halftime leading 42 to 26.
The second half begins with some physical play by the eagles, but they allow Topeka to score the first bucket of the second half. Olathe North looks to fight back, but Topeka returns the favor with their physical play and pushes their lead up to 20 with 5:35 left in the third. The Eagles switch to a trapping 3-2 zone defense looking to confuse the trojans as they work their offense. Topeka calls a timeout after Olathe North begins to make another run trying to get back in the game. The score is now 50 to 35 with 3:08 left in the third. The final 3 minutes went back and forth with not much success offensively for both teams, the trojans still lead heading into the 4th quarter leading 60 to 39.
The final quarter begins with the Eagles turning up their pressure defense causing some turnovers but are having difficulties scoring on every possession. Their defense has allowed them to get 6 points right off the back as they still trail 62 to 45 with 6 minutes remaining in the game. With under 4 minutes left in the game Topeka will look to push their lead at the freethrow line but come up empty with them still leading by 20 points. Eagles look to make one final big run to cut more into the lead, but the trojans are able to remain calm and keep their composure as they go on a run for their selves to win the game over the Olathe North Eagles with a final score of 79 to 55.
Topeka did a terrific job of sharing the ball offensively as they finished the game with 24 assists while Olathe North only finished with three assists. Scoring wise the Trojans had two players in Kiara Smith and Nijaree Canady score 20 points each, with them Jae’Mya Lyons added 14 points. On the other side for the Eagles Eylia Bruce lead them with 18 points and Sania Copeland scored 15 points. The Trojans also won the rebounding battle 41 to 32.
The Trojans will look to continue their perfect season as they will face the winner of the Wichita Heights vs Olathe East game Friday March 13th at 6:30pm.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap was brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 4: Girls Quarterfinals Olathe East 49 Wichita Heights 48
Starting off this game both teams come out red hot offensively. With the full court pressure defense coming from Heights they are making sure that Olathe East works for their points on offense. Both teams are showing their strengths on defense, heights lead 9 to 7 with 2:46 left in the first quarter. These 2 teams are showing why they are here in the state tournament, both going at each other early in this game with the scoring being tied at 13 at the end of the first quarter.
Olathe East opens the quarter with a basket only to have it answered back with a fast break layup from Heights. The same intensity that was shown from both teams have continued in this second quarter with under 4 minutes left until halftime Heights calls a timeout with the score tied at 19. The offensive firepower continues into halftime as Heights has a 27 to 24 lead over the hawks.
In less than 2 minutes into the second half Olathe East goes on a 5-0 run to take a 29-27 lead over the falcons with 6:09 left in the third quarter. The Hawks extend their run to 7 straight points to lead 32 to 27, but Heights finally gets on the board in the second halftime after going 1 for 2 at the free throw line. The aggressiveness continues for the hawks as they are preventing the falcons from getting what they want offensively. Olathe East leads Heights 35 to 28 with 1:48 left in the third quarter. With under 1-minute left in the third heights is looking for some momentum heading into the final quarter. A huge three was made by Taylor Jameson as heights now trail 35 to 32 as time expires in the third quarter.
The Hawks start the final quarter with an inside bucket to push their lead up to 5. Heights returning the favor with limiting Olathe East to only one shot per possession. With 5:49 left in the game the falcons call a timeout as they trail 37 to 34. Pressure defense works in favor of heights as they look to take the lead being down 1 point with 4:30 left in the game. The offensive intensity from both teams has picked up even more in these last few minutes as Heights cuts the lead back to one with 2:25 left in the game, Olathe East will have the ball. Heights regains the lead with 1:50 left in the game. With a steal and a layup Heights lead by 3, but the Hawks are now at the free throw line, making both free throws as they trail by 1 with 36.4 seconds left. A missed free throw by heights and a fast break layup gives the Hawks a 1-point lead. An offensive foul called on the falcons gives the Hawks the ball back and the lead with 9.4 seconds left. After Olathe East misses the 1 and 1 heights goes down and gets fouled. First free throw is missed, and the Hawks call a timeout with 3.4 seconds left, heights still has one more free throw attempt. Heights misses the second free throw and Olathe East rebounds and wins the ball game 49 to 48.
This game was a battle from the start, and as expected the game would go all of the way down to the final seconds. The game came down to making free throws down the stretch as heights missed free throws as they went 2/8 from the line while Olathe East goes 8/14. Heights player Laniah Randle lead all scorers with 22 points along with 2 others scoring in double figure scoring. Olathe East was led by Aubrey Rogers as she scored 18 points.
The hawks will advance to the next round as they will face Topeka HS Friday afternoon March 13th at 6:30pm.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap was brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 5: Boys Quarterfinal Olathe South 50 JC Harmon 43
JC Harmon gets three offensive rebounds to start off the game to get a basket and the foul but can’t convert on the 3-point play as they take an early 2 to 0 lead. A cut to the basket gets Olathe South on the board, a quick steal gets them another fast break layup as the score is now 6 to 4 with the hawks in the lead. A scoring run by the Falcons has them now up 11 to 6 with 1:55 left in the first. JC Harmon storms back to finish the quarter but still trail 13 to 11.
The Falcons start off the quarter scoring a three in deep corner to push the lead up to five. Both teams looking to create some offense but not getting much out of it with the Falcons still ahead by 1 with 3:45 left in the half. Some miss communication occurs on defense for the hawks as the falcons are able to knock in another 3 as they now trail by 3.Under a minute left in the halftime Falcons start to catch fire from behind the arc as they make another 3 to cut the lead down to 1 point. A missed three at the buzzer gives Olathe South a 24 to 23 lead going into halftime.
Right out of the locker-room the Hawks catch from offense and scorers a quick 4 points. A back door cut leads to a one-handed dunk as the Hawks regain the lead. Jake English for the falcons has been the offensive firepower for them as he connects on another 3 as they hold a 2- point lead with 3 minutes left in the quarter. In the last 2 minutes of this quarter both teams were scoring the ball in a fast paste, at the end of the quarter Olathe South still hangs on with a 37 to 35 lead.
The hawks tie the ball game with a quick mid-range jumper. Falcons are returning the favor by getting stops and scoring in their offense as with 4:55 left in the game they hold a 4- point lead as a timeout is called. After JC Harmon misses 2 free throws the rebound is controlled by Olathe South as they call a timeout with a 4 point lead with 2:53 left in the game. After scoring at the free throw line the hawks call a timeout still down by 4 with 1:15 left. Under 1 minute Falcons looking to pull this one away as they lead by 6. Falcons make 2 free throws to push their lead to 8 with 28.7 seconds left. Much needed basket is made by the Hawks as they now trail by 5 with 14.5 seconds remaining. The clock runs out as the Olathe South Falcons pull away with the 50 to 43 win.
This game was pretty much an evenly matched up game, down the stretch the falcons was able to make the right play at the right and the hawks had trouble at the free throw line as they went 3/14 for the game. For KC Harmon their leading scorer was Wal’Zel Evans with 22 points, and for the falcons they were led by Branden Eckles with 14 points, also Jake English added 11 points. The Falcons will advance to the quarterfinal round Friday March 13th at 4:45pm as they will play the winner of Blue Valley Northwest vs Lawrence Free State.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap was brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 6: Boys Quarterfinal Blue Valley Northwest 55 Lawrence Free State 48
Not even 2 minutes into the game Lawrence Free State is on an early 7-0 run as the Huskies are forced to call a timeout. A 6 to 2 scoring run as got Blue Valley Northwest back in the game as they trail 9 to 6 with 3:20 left in the first. With 2:06 left the huskies storm back to tie the game up at 11. The Huskies take a 2 point 13 to 11 to end the first.
Blue Valley Northwest keeps their offense pushing as their lead builds up to 6 points with 6 minutes left in the half. The Huskies continue to dominate as they push their lead up to 11 points. Lawrence Free State has had enough and calls a timeout as they trail 26 to 11 with 3:16 left in the half. Free State is about to get some much needed offense going as they are able to score down the stretch but still trail going into halftime 28 to 18.
At the 5:27 mark in the 3rd quarter Free state is showing more offensive power by taking better shots to make then as they trail by nine with score being 33 to 24. The Firebirds looking to go on a bit of a run as they now trail by 7 with 1:51 left in the quarter. The remaining minutes of this quarter was controlled by Lawrence Free State as they go into the end of the quarter down by only three points 37 to 34.
Firebirds now down one after a bucket to start the final quarter. After some defensive stops made by the huskies they have been able to get back on the scoring column as they lead by five with 5:42 left in the game. After getting the steal off the full court press, Free State is able to get a basket and the foul, they miss the freethrow but are again down by five points 43 to 38 with 4:21 left. Blue Valley Northwest has their lead now up to seven points with 2:58 left in the game. Timeout called by Free state as they trail 48 to 40 with 2:08 left. The Firebirds look to make one final push to get back in this game but it comes up short as they fall to the huskies 55 to 48.
Both teams throughout the entire game had their spurts of different runs, but when it mattered most, Blue Valley Northwest was able to stay on top and come out with the win. The Huskies won the rebounding battle by just 1. Jack Chapman was the only player to score in double figures with 21 points for the huskies. Whereas for the Firebirds Mozae Rivers lead his team with 14 points and his teammate Etan Lincoln added 10. Blue Valley Northwest advances to the next round as they will face up against Olathe South on Friday March 13th at 4:45pm.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. This game recap was brought to you by BTI equipment.
Game 7: Boys Quarterfinal Haysville-Campus 66 Manhattan 50
Campus gets on the scoring board first to start off the game. Over 4 minutes into the game, Campus is doing a good job of forcing Manhattan into playing out of their comfort zone, campus leads 6 to 2. A 360 fast break dunk by campus pushes their lead up to 6. Manhattan gets their second basket of the game ending their scoring drought as they now trail campus by a score of 13 to 4. The fast paste and scrappy play from Campus continues as they end the first quarter with an 18 to 7 lead.
Turnovers continue for Manhattan as they trail 22 to 9 with 5:47 left in the half. Campus doing a really good job defensively as they continue to get block shots and getting defensive rebounds. Timeout called by Manhattan as they are down 24 to 12 with 4:34 left in the second quarter. With 2:40 remaining Manhattan cuts the lead down to 11. Manhattan looks to build momentum going into halftime as they make 2 freethrows to get their deficit to single digits as they trail 28 to 19.
Campus pushes their lead up to 13 early in the second half. Big basket by Manhattan as they get the lead back down to 10 points with 5 minutes left in the quarter. After a Fastbreak two handed dunk by campus, the Manhattan Indians are forced to call a timeout with 4:07 left in the game, the score is now with campus in the lead 39 to 24. The last 2 minutes of the game slowed down just a little but campus still remains with the leading heading into the fourth quarter with the score being 43 to 28.
Lob City time for campus as they get an alley-oop dunk to push their lead to 18 points with 5:52 left in the game. Just like that Manhattan gets on a run and gets the deficit down to 10 points with 4:20 remaining. Another thunderous dunk by camps leads to a fast break and one for Manhattan, the 3 point play is completed and the score is now 53 to 42 with Campus in the lead with 3:10 left. The last 2:30 belonged to campus as they continued to execute their game plan and even with Manhattan looking to make that last push to get in the game, campus comes out of this game with a win. The final score was 66 to 50.
Throughout this game, campus showed dominance on both ends of the court, in spurts of the game they was able to get what they wanted offensively. Manhattan however did make a run to try to get their selves back in the game, but campus was just too much for them and that is how they was able to continue their undefeated season. Sterling Chapman led all scorers with 26 points, Trishawn Taylor added 14 points, and Thomas King added 10. For Manhattan Raeshon Riddick led the team with 14 points.
Jordan Manning, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.

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