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Day 4: State basketball championships, third-place scores, stats and recaps

By Joanna Chadwick

Class 6A


Championship: SM Northwest 47, Wichita Heights 39 — SMNW finished its season at 25-0 with its win. The Cougars used a 2-3 zone with 7-footer Ethan Taylor in the paint to slow Heights and take a 35-23 lead with 1:30 to go in the third. Heights got within 35-34 with 7:06 remaining on an 11-0 run over a three-minute span. With SMNW leading 37-34, the two teams didn’t score for five minutes. Heights went six minutes without a basket, and SMNW made 6 of 6 from the line in the final 44.4 seconds. Alven Riley led SMNW with 13 points, Wagler 10, Van Collins had four assists and Taylor 10 rebounds, five blocks. Heights was led by Aven M’boule, who made 4 of 6 from three and had 12 points, Amalachi Wilkins with 11 points, seven rebounds. T.J. Williams had seven rebounds.

Third place: Mill Valley 73, Wichita Northwest 58 — Mill Valley was led by Carter Kaifes, who scored 25 points, and Mason Kemp, who scored 16 on 7-of-7 shooting with 13 rebounds. Reece Reidel had eight rebounds, eight assists, and Kael Drummond had seven assists. Northwest’s Tasean Williams scored 19 points and had six assists, Eli Benning scored 13, hitting three three-pointers, and Darrian Hammond scored 11. Liam Calvert hit three threes and Jerome Henderson had eight rebounds.


Championship: SM South finishes the season 24-1 with a 47-37 win over Washburn Rural. It was 13-all at the half, but with the score at 25-24 with 2:15 to go in the third, SM South made its biggest push. The Raiders went on a 9-2 run over the final 2:01 of the period, finishing the game on a 22-9 run. SM South was led by Camryn Smith’s 17 points, eight rebounds. Ashley Kramer hit three three-pointers and had 11 points, Azaliah Funches 10 rebounds, Joycelyn Moore eight steals and seven assists. Washburn Rural was led by Zoe Canfield, who hit four three-pointers and had 18 points, and Maddie Vickery, who scored 11 and had 15 rebounds.

Third place: BV North 72, Derby 56 — BV North’s Jaliya Davis scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds, six steals, and Aubrey Shaw hit three three-pointers for 14 points. Tyara Davis had 12 points, six assists and four steals. Derby’s Macayla Askew battled foul trouble and played 13 minutes but led Derby with 17 points, eight rebounds. Kyler Demel had 10 points, and Jaden Wilson and Karlie Demel each had seven rebounds.

Class 5A


Championship: Kapaun 62, KC Piper 59 — Kapaun’s Will Thengvall had a game-high 29 points and seven rbounds, four assists, and Corbin Johnson hit 5 of 9 from three and had 18 points. Teagan mCharles had 10 rebounds, Brooks Powers four assists. KC Piper’s Derrick Jackson scored 22 points, Philip Moore 16 points, 10 rebounds, and Devin Kerr had 11 points.

Third-place: Highland Park 66, Maize South 55 — Highland Park’s Jacorey Robinson had 19 points, 10 rebounds, Tamir Anderson hit four threes and had 14 points, and Amari Taylor scored 13. Robinson also had five assists, three blocks, three steals. Maize South’s Jeron Askren scored 20, hitting 6 of 8 from three, and Sammy Dresie scored 14, Michael Kates 11, hitting 8 of 9 from the line. Kates also had five assists and Cy Stucky eight rebounds.


Championship: Topeka Seaman 54, Maize South 41 — Topeka Seaman’s Madeline Gragg had 18 points, 10 rebounds, Anna Becker scored 15 and had eight rebounds, five assists, and Jaida Stallbaumer finished with 12 points, hitting three three-pointers. Maize South’s Ashley Singhateh had 23 points, four assists and made 10 of 11 from the line. Ava Howie scored 11 and had seven rebounds.

Third-place: Andover 66, Emporia 49 — Andover’s Aliyah Green and Alana shetlar each scored 14 points and Brooke Walker had 12. Katie Evans hit 3 of 5 from three and Green had 12 rebounds, Shetlar eight and Walker seven. Emporia was led by Addie Kirmer, who had 20 points, six rebounds.

Class 4A


Championship: McPherson 65, Hugoton 59 OT — McPherson’s Cory Muehler scored 19 points and had six rebounds to lead the Bullpups. Gabe Pyle hit three threes and scored 17 points, and Kyden Thompson scored 13 points with five assists. Hugoton’s Dasean Lewis scored 17, Griffin Heger 16 points with three three-pointers. Issac Martin had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and Izeyah Harris had nine rebounds.

Third-place: Atchison 61, Baldwin 50 — Baldwin’s Cooper Carr scored 32 points and had six rebounds, and Colton Collum scored 10, Leo Schoenberger had 11 rebounds. Atchison’s Trey Carter had a team-high 16 points, Eric Smith scored 12 and Xiomar Hernandez 11.


Championship: Bishop Miege 75, Wellington 64 — The score was tied at 47-all heading into the fourth quarter, but Miege outscored Wellington 28-17 in the period. Miege, which made 14 of 17 free throws in the second half, had four players in double figures — Mary Grant (20 points, three three-pointers), Grace McCallop (19), Kirston Verhulst (18 points, nine rebounds) and Faith McCallop (10 points, four steals). Wellington’s Val Norwood scored a game-high 33 points and had six assists, three steals. Kylan Gregor had seven rebounds, and Cruz Cornejo and Lyndi Barton each had six rebounds.

Third-place: McPherson 57, Fort Scott 50 — McPherson trailed by 10 in the first half but got it to within four by halftime. Karter Alvord scored 21, hit 9 of 10 from the line, and Reanna Eilrech scored 13 with three three-pointers. Jaela Thompson had five assists. Fort Scott’s Keegan Yarick scored 18 and Kylee Comstock 11 as they combined to make 17 of 20 free throws and combined for 13 rebounds. Abbie Gorman had 11 points, three steals.

Class 3A


Championship: Wellsville 68, Goodland 58 — Wellsville’s William Dorsey scored 23 points, hitting 5 of 6 from three and 6 of 6 from the line with nine rebounds. Calvin Dwyer had 15 points, six rebounds, Kenyon Gillins 12 points, four assists, and Dezmond Winton 10 points, three blocks. Goodland has four in double figures — Brady Brumbaugh (15 points), Noah Shinette (14), Linkon Cure (14 points, three blocks) and Manuel Gonzalez (10 points, five assists).

Third-place: Beloit 51, SE-Saline 37 — Beloit’s Eli Johnson scored 18 and had 13 rebounds, hitting 7 of 10 from the field. Bryce Beisner scored 13 and had 10 rebounds, hitting 11 of 12 from the line. He also had four assists. SE-Saline’s Gannon Jacobson had 14 points, seven steals, and Owen Bailey hit three threes and had 12 points.


Championship: Silver Lake 66, Hesston 61 — Silver Lake, which finished its season unbeaten, was led by Kailyn Hanni, who had 26 points, hitting 14 of 15 from the line. Makenzie McDaniel had 25 points, 13 rebounds, Kaylee Deter had four assists. Hesston’s Abby Proctor had 26 points, three three-pointers, and Kendall Brueggan scored 15 with 12 rebounds, five blocks.

Third-place: Topeka Hayden 50, Goodland 39 — Hayden was led by Norma Greco, who had 15 points, Lauren Sandstrom had 10 points, and Amelia Ramsey had seven rebounds. Goodland’s Jaxi Mitchek had 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Class 2A


Championship: Moundridge 58, Lyndon 44 — Moundridge’s Bear Moddelmog scored 14, Kreighton Kanitz 13 points, Henry Hecox 11 points, five assists. Lyndon was led by Tanner Heckel, who had 21 points.

Third-place: Salina Sacred Heart 58, Sterling 51 — Sacred Heart was led by Max Ehrlich, who hit 13 of 15 from the line and had 23 points. Michael Matteucci had nine rebounds, six assists. Sterling’s Boston Ekart scored 14 and had six rebounds, and Blake Smith scored 11.


Championship: Wichita Independent 58, Riverside 39 — Independent’s Zoey Buckner-Franklin scored 16 points and had seven assists. Stephie Safi Salumu scored 12, and Deena Holmes had 10 rebounds. Riverside’s Taylor Weishaar scored 24 points and had eight rebounds, and Niahla Duncan had five assists.

Third-place: Pittsburg Colgan 58, Valley Heights 47 — Pittsburg Colgan was led by Lily Brown, who had 30 points, hitting 10 of 17 from the field, 10 of 11 from the line and getting 11 rebounds. Jakayla Davis had six steals and 19 points. Valley Heights’ Maggie Toerber had 21 points, three steals.

Class 1A-I


Championship: South Gray 76, Bishop Seabury 63 — South Gray’s Joseph Dyck and Gavin Wahl each scored 26 points. Wahl hit four threes, Dyck had 14 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. Dominic Martin had 10 points. Seabury was led by Jace SMith (23 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Chase Honarvar (17 points, six rebounds, three blocks), Aidan Page (14 points), and Jace Hoffman (13 points, three threes).

Third-place: Olpe 46, Quinter 32 — Olpe’s Blake Skalsky scored 17, hitting 8 of 11 from the field, and Brecken McGuire had 10 points, four steals. Quinter was led by Shea Salyers, who had nine rebounds.


Championship: Frankfort 47, Little River 41 — Frankfort ended Little River’s perfect season. Frankfort’s Sydney Wapp scored 15 points, Hattie Gros 12 and Emma Hardwick had eight rebounds, Breleigh Ebert five assists. Little River was led by Alaina Eck with 14 points.

Third-place: Centralia 58, South Gray 52 — Centralia’s Hayden Kramer scored 22 points, hitting 9 of 11 shots, including 4 of 5 from three. Tava Gibbbs scored 15, and Oen Deters had nine rebounds. South Gray was led by Allie Reed, who had 20 points, Kylie Stapleton hit four threes and had 13 points, and Vi Helms scored 11.

Class 1A-II


Championship: Cunningham 60, Lebo 55 — Cunningham won its first title and was led by Will Wegerer (27 points), Luke Albers (23 points, three threes), Luke McGuire (six rebounds, six assists). Lebo’s Zachary Oswald made 8 of 11 from the field and had 22 points, Andrew Konrade was 7 of 8 for 16 points, and Grayson Shoemaker had 12 points, six rebounds. Oswald had eight rebounds.

Third-place: Axtell 80, Dighton 72 — Axtell’s Eli Broxterman scored 25 points, had six rebounds, Brandon Schmelzle had 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Colin Shaughnessy had 14 points, six rebounds, and Landon Schmitz had 10 points, five assists. Dighton’s Daniel Cramer scored 38 points, hitting 14 of 30 from the field, and Carson Shimer had 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals.


Championship: Hanover 50, Lebo 35 — Hanover’s Anna Jueneman scored 24 points and had three steals, six rebounds. Tessa Lohse had four assists, four steals. Lebos’ Saige Hadley scored 17 and Audrey Peek 15.

Third-place: Sharon Springs 62, Northern Valley 46 — Sharon Springs’ Jersi Benisch scored 19 points and had six assists. Northern Valley’s Audrey Bina had 13 points and 17 rebounds.

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