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More "upsets" on day two of State

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More "upsets" on day two of State

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  • From left-to-right: Osborne's Steele Wolters scored 15 points as the Bulldogs survived Lebo 44-41; Kennedy Brown had 10 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks in just 17 minutes of play as Derby dominated SM NW 60-27; Central Plains' Brett Liebl scored 20 points in the Oilers' 55-30 win over Macksville; and Maize senior Caleb Grill put up 23 points with multiple dunks as the Eagles downed St. James 83-56. (Photo credit, left-to-right: Stephanie Baxa, Osborne County Farmer; Derby Informer; Joey Bahr; Dan Loving)
    From left-to-right: Osborne's Steele Wolters scored 15 points as the Bulldogs survived Lebo 44-41; Kennedy Brown had 10 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks in just 17 minutes of play as Derby dominated SM NW 60-27; Central Plains' Brett Liebl scored 20 points in the Oilers' 55-30 win over Macksville; and Maize senior Caleb Grill put up 23 points with multiple dunks as the Eagles downed St. James 83-56. (Photo credit, left-to-right: Stephanie Baxa, Osborne County Farmer; Derby Informer; Joey Bahr; Dan Loving)

Whether they were truly upsets or just a case of schedule disparity leading to seeding discrepancies more lower seeds took down higher seeds on day two of state tournament play.

6A Girls 
(1) Liberal (22-0) vs. (8) Olathe Northwest (15-7) Update: Olathe Northwest won 57-46
(4) Topeka (20-2) vs. (5) Olathe East (18-4) Update: Topeka won 59-52 in OT
(2) Derby (21-0) vs. (7) Shawnee Mission Northwest (16-6) Update: Derby won 60-27
(3) Washburn Rural (20-2) vs. Olathe North (16-5) Update: Washburn Rural won 49-41

Topeka defeated Olathe Northwest 52-49, Washburn Rural defeated Derby 45-40

Championship: Topeka vs. Washburn Rural

Perhaps the biggest story of the night, Washburn Rural delivered Derby its first loss in over a year in a hard-fought 45-40 game. Derby had defeated every team by at least 12 points entering the semifinals. Rural will face a 22-2 Topeka squad which held off eight-seed Olathe Northwest, 52-49.

6A Boys 
(1) Washburn Rural (21-1) vs. (8) Lawrence Free-State (15-6) Update: Washburn Rural won 54-45 in OT
(4) Lawrence (19-3) vs. (5) Wichita Southeast (19-3) Update: Wichita Southeast won 70-67
(2) Blue Valley Northwest (20-2) vs. (7) Olathe North (18-4) Update: Blue Valley Northwest won 75-70
(3) JC Harmon (19-3) vs. (6) Shawnee Mission South (19-4) Update: Shawne Mission South won 57-46

Semifinals: Washburn Rural defeated Wichita Southeast 55-47, Blue Valley Northwest defeated Shawnee Mission South 61-57

Championship: Washburn Rural vs. Blue Valley Northwest

The top two seeds in 6A have advanced to the finals. Washburn Rural held off Wichita Southeast, while Blue Valley Northwest edged Shawnee Mission South by four.

5A Girls
(1) McPherson (20-1) vs. (8) Topeka-Seaman (16-6) Update: McPherson won 57-41
(4) St. Thomas Aquinas (17-4) vs. (5) Maize South (17-6) Update: St. Thomas Aquinas 49-29
(2) Goddard (20-2) vs. (7) Blue Valley Southwest (16-6) Update: Blue Valley Southwest won 36-34
(3) Wichita Heights (20-2) vs. (6) Kansas City-Fl Schlagle (17-5) Update: Kansas City-FL Schlagle won 69-67

Semifinals: St. Thomas Aquinas defeated McPherson 44-36, Blue Valley Southwest defeated KC Schlagle 43-41

Championship: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Blue Valley Southwest

In a battle of two of the most accomplished high school basketball programs in Kansas, St. Thomas Aquinas held off McPherson, 44-36. St. Thomas Aquinas advances to its fourth straight state title game where seven-seed Blue Valley Southwest awaits. BVSW held off Kansas City Schlagle, 43-41, in the semifinals.

5A Boys
(1) Maize (22-0) vs. (8) St. James Academy (14-8) Update: Maize won 83-56
(4) Andover Central (19-3) vs. (5) Pittsburg (18-3) Update: Andover Central won 78-61
(2) Bonner Springs (20-2) vs. (7) Bishop Carroll (17-5) Update: Bishop Carroll won 87-70
(3) Basehor Linwood (19-2) vs. (6) Salina Central (17-5) Update: Basehor-Linwood won 60-46

Semifinals: Andover Central defeated Maize 74-66, Basehor-Linwood defeated Bishop Carroll 69-68

The semifinal matchup between Maize and Andover Central felt like a state championship game. On the other hand, so did the Bishop Carroll and Basehor-Linwood game. A true state champion will be decided between Andover Central and Basehor-Linwood, after both teams survived stiff challenges. Andover Central delivered Maize its first loss of the season, while Basehor-Linwood knocked off the defending state champions, 69-68.

4A Girls
(1) Kansas City Piper (21-0) vs. (8) Eudora (16-5) Update: Kansas City Piper won 52-35
(4) Abilene (20-2) vs. (5) Nickerson (19-3) Update: Abilene won 54-46
(2) Bishop Miege (21-0) vs. (7) Circle (17-4) Update: Bishop Miege won 74-41
(3) Baldwin (19-1) vs. (6) Ulysses (18-4) Update: Baldwin won 47-41

Semifinals: Kansas City Piper defeated Nickerson 72-40, Bishop Miege defeated Baldwin 74-44

Championship: Kansas City Piper vs. Bishop Miege

This year's 4A state championship feels a lot like last year's 4A-Division I state championship. This year, Kansas City-Piper will look to play the part of McPherson and knock off Bishop Miege in the finals. This battle of unbeatens should be as good a game as any on Saturday in the state of Kansas.

4A Boys 
(1) Wichita Trinity (20-1) vs. (8) Chanute (12-9) Update: Wichita Trinity won 61-52
(4) Kansas City Piper (18-4) vs. (5) Parsons (17-5) Update: Kansas City-Piper won 55-52
(2) Andale (19-2) vs. (7) Augusta (16-6) Update: Augusta won 57-43
(3) Chapman (18-4) vs. (6) Garnett-Anderson County (17-5) Update: Chapman won 62-38

Semifinals: Kansas City-Piper defeated Wichita Trinity 57-54, Augusta defeated Chapman 46-40

Championship: Kansas City Piper vs. Augusta

The Kansas City-Piper boys will play for a state championship following the Kansas City-Piper girls. The boys will have a favorable matchup against seventh-seed Augusta, who already has upset wins over Andale and Chapman.

3A Girls 
(1) Cheney (21-2) vs. (8) Columbus (16-7) Update: Cheney won 65-43
(4) Nemaha Central (20-3) vs. (5) Clay Center (18-4) Update: Nemaha Central won 52-42
(2) Norton (21-2) vs. (7) Scott Community (17-6) Update: Norton Community won 48-45
(3) Eureka (20-3) vs. (6) Royal Valley (18-5) Update: Royal Valley 56-36

Semifinals: Cheney defeated Nemaha Central 60-48, Royal Valley defeated Norton 53-44

Championship: Cheney vs. Royal Valley

Top-seed Cheney has now won both of its games by double-digits after knocking off Nemaha Central team, 60-48, that entered the game 21-3. There, Cheney will meet six-seed Royal Valley, who held off Norton in the semifinals.

3A Boys
(1) Maur Hill (22-0) vs. (8) Thomas More Prep (13-11) Update: Thomas More Prep won 73-51
(4) Girard (19-3) vs. (5) Kingman (17-5) Update: Girard won 57-40
(2) Beloit (22-1) vs. (7) Eureka (17-6) Update: Beloit won 60-36
(3) Perry-Lecompton (20-2) vs. (6) Larned (17-6) Update: Perry-Lecompton won 49-48

Semifinals: Girard defeated Thomas More Prep 62-50, Beloit defeated Perry-Lecompton 62-53

Championship: Girard vs. Beloit

Beloit's incredible season is one win away from a state championship with a 62-53 win over Perry-Lecompton. Girard is waiting after sending upset-minded Thomas More Prep home.

2A Girls 
(1) Wabaunsee (20-3) vs. (8) Heritage Christian Academy (9-12) Update: Wabaunsee won 91-42
(4) Garden Plain (18-4) vs. (5) West Elk (18-4) Update: Garden Plain won 52-40
(2) WaKeeney-Trego (19-3) vs. (7) Johnson-Stanton County (17-6) Update: WaKeeney-Trego won 49-33
(3) Sterling (19-4) vs. (6) Jackson Heights (17-5) Update: Sterling won 66-58

Semifinals: Garden Plain defeated Wabaunsee 55-51 in OT, Sterling defeated WaKeeney-Trego 67-49

Championship: Garden Plain vs. Sterling

Four-seed Garden Plain held off top-seed Wabaunsee in overtime to advance to the championship. Garden Plain will face a fast and aggressive Sterling team that raced past WaKeeney-Trego, 67-49.

2A Boys 
(1) Inman (20-2) vs. (8) Plainville (17-6) Update: Inman won 71-56
(4) Ness City (19-4) vs. (5) Seabury Academy (16-4) Update: Ness City won 63-61 in OT
(2) Hutchinson Trinity (20-3) vs. (7) Mission Valley (17-5) Update: Trinity Catholic won 49-23
(3) St. Mary’s Colgan (19-3) vs. (6) McLouth (18-5) Update: St. Mary's Colgan won 48-41

Semifinals: Ness City defeated Inman 71-66, Trinity Catholic defeated St. Mary's Colgan 36-31

Championship: Ness City vs. Trinity Catholic

The top seed is out in 2A courtesy of Ness City. The Eagles held off an Inman team, 71-66, to advance to the finals where they will meet Trinity Catholic. Hutch Trinity is the No. 1 team in 2A according to the last KBCA rankings.

1A Girls
(1) Central Plains (25-0) vs. (8) South Gray (21-4) Update: Central Plains won 63-28
(4) South Central (23-2) vs. (5) Thunder Ridge (21-2) Update: Thunder Ridge won 56-45
(2) Rural Vista (24-0) vs. (7) Waverly (20-3) Waverly won 62-46
(3) Olpe (23-0) vs. (6) Hanover (22-3) Update: Hanover won 45-40

Semifinals: Central Plains defeated Thunder Ridge 78-36, Hanover defeated Saverly 61-32

Championship: Central Plains vs. Hanover

Central Plains and Hanover both cruised to semifinal victories. Hanover will be looking to play spoiler to a Central Plains win streak that is in the triple digits.

1A Boys 
(1) Central Plains (25-0) vs. (8) Macksville (19-6) Update: Central Plains won 55-30
(4) Caldwell (23-2) vs. (5) Berean Academy (22-3) Update: Caldwell won 38-27
(2) Osborne (23-0) vs. (7) Lebo (18-5) Update: Osborne won 44-41
(3) Hanover (24-1) vs. (6) St. John-Hudson (21-4) Update: St. John Hudson won 53-48

Semifinals: Central Plains defeated Caldwell 59-41, St. John Hudson defeated Osborne 23-4

Championship: Central Plains vs. St. John Hudson

St. John Hudson has now defeated Hanover (24-1) and Osborne (24-0) in consecutive nights. Can St. John win its biggest test against top-ranked Central Plains? That will be answered on Saturday.

Gallagher Martin is a sportswriter from McPherson who covers teams for the McPherson Sentinel and Kansas Pregame.
 

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