Girls roundup: South clinches share of first City League crown since ’78
South clinched a tie for its first City League girls basketball championship since 1978, beating East 46-37 on Tuesday night at East.
South won four of the City League’s first six girls basketball championships in the 1970s, but had been shut out until Tuesday’s clinching. The Titans (19-1, 15-1 CL) can only be tied by Kapaun Mount Carmel (16-3, 14-1), which must win at Heights on Friday for its share of the crown. South has finished its regular season and will be the top seed in its Class 6A sub-state next week.
Kendrian Elliott scored 13 points and Kirea Rogers added 11 for South, which led 18-14 at halftime and never really put the Blue Aces away. Relina Johnson’s 11 points led East (8-11, 6-9).
Kapaun 64, Northwest 44 — The victory kept up Kapaun’s hopes of tying South for the City League title. Four of Sam Bachrodt’s five field goals were three pointers, and she made all of her six free throws to lead the Crusaders with 20 points. Sydney Kuhn and Hannah Lienhard added 14 and 10. Cassie Pauls led Northwest with 12 points.
Heights 92, Southeast 28 — Katie Palmer scored 27 points, hitting seven three-pointers, for Heights. Jada Lynch added 12 points for Heights. Mariah Plowden led Southeast in scoring with 12.
Carroll 58, West 26 — Shelby Lopez scored 19 points and Hannah Schauf added 11 as the Eagles beat visiting West. Carroll led 22-2 after the first quarter, though West stayed even until the fourth period. Aunajae McCoy led West with 14 points.
Salina Central 40, Maize 33 — Emily Wood scored 17 points and Shaelyn Martin had 13 as the host Mustangs upset Maize. Keiryn Swenson had 12 points and Paige Lungwitz had 11 for Maize, which made less than a third of its shots. The defeat sets up a meeting against Newton on Friday at Maize in which Newton can tie Maize for the AV-CTL Division I crown with a victory.
Goddard 42, Arkansas City 30 — Emily Rausch scored 14 points in the Lions’ road victory, while Kaitlyn Potter had 11 for Ark City.
Andale 42, Clearwater 33 — Josie Eck scored 15 points to lead Andale to the win over visiting Clearwater. Brittany Meyer added 13 points for Andale, including a pair of three-pointers and a 6-for-6 performance at the free-throw line. Andale’s Emily Rowland finished with six points and had back-to-back steals in the second half that converted into baskets. Bryna Vogel, a 6-foot junior, was the only Clearwater player in double figures with 13 points.
Circle 54, Collegiate 28 — Jacy Gibbs had 12 points, Talia Highbarger 11 and Leah Metzger 10 for Circle in its home victory. Jerica Skar (15 points) was one of three Spartans to score.
Eisenhower 44, Maize South 30 — Brynn Minor had 13 points and Kailyn Hochstein added 11 for Eisenhower in its home victory. Mariah Suchan had 13 for Maize South, which has lost three straight.
Mulvane 46, Buhler 42 — Destynee Donaldson and Elise Gerlach scored 12 points apiece and KaSandra Melick added 10 for Mulvane.
McPherson 93, Rose Hill 36 — McPherson scored 77 points through three quarters in an easy Division III-clinching victory. Abby Pederson had 26 points and Katelyn Loecker 25 for McPherson, while Autumn Lipscomb had 11 for Rose Hill.
Wellington 34, Augusta 26 — Kailey Jenkins scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half for Wellington.
Winfield 46, El Dorado 44, OT — The visiting Vikings won in overtime despite not having anyone score in double figures. Andrea Valadez had 21 points for El Dorado.
Salina South 53, Campus 37 — Hayley Leeper scored 15 points to lead the Colts in their loss.
Central Plains League
Conway Springs 56, Chaparral 29 — Brittany May scored 13 points and Sara Echelberry and Chelsea Ebenkamp added 11 and 10 for Conway Springs. Sydney Westcoat led Chaparral with 16 points.
Trinity 56, Independent 37 — Trinity took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter and then outscored Independent 17-4 in the final eight minutes. Trinity was led by Shiloh Miller’s 18 points, while Kelli Henderson added 13, Whitney Guetersloh 11. Elizabeth Jarvis led Independent with 13 points, while Sydney Clark had 12 rebounds.
Cheney 66, Medicine Lodge 29 — Taylor Denney (15), Taylor Needham (12) and Emily Jacobs (12) combined for 39 of Cheney’s 66 points.