Maize came into their opening round match-up with the top-seeded Lancers with intent on scoring the upset Thursday night.

Maize came into their opening round match-up with the top-seeded Lancers with intent on scoring the upset Thursday night.


The Eagles (2-7) hung with Shawnee Mission East (8-0), shocking the Lancers by keeping the score within three points at the end of the first, as Maize trailed 16-13.


East started using their height and athleticism to their advantage in the second, but still couldn’t outpace a feisty Eagles team that trailed only 18-10 half time, thanks in part to the efforts of Tavon Morrow, who had nine points in the first half.


Maize kept up the pressure in the third, pulling to within five points at one point, and out-scoring the Lancers 13-9. A 21 point fourth put the game away for East, who will advance to face defending tournament champion Blue Valley West at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Maize will take on Manhattan at 3 p.m.
Vance Wentz had 23 points to lead three Lancers in double digits. Zach Schneider had 19 and Lucas Jones added 10.


Morrow finished with 21 points for Maize.


Maize — Horsch 1-3 0-0 2; Morrow 6-15 9-12 21; Lungwitz 3-4 0-0 6; Shaw 1-3 0-0 3; Engler 1-1 0-0 2; Eleeson 1-8 4-6 6; Luebbe 3-6 1-5 7.


SM East — Sublette 2-2 0-0 4; McGannon 0-0 2-2 2; Schneider 4-7 11-12 19; Wentz, V. 6-12 10-12 23; Hanna 1-4 0-0 2; Tuttle 0-1 2-4 2; Jones 4-7 2-3 10; Wentz, J. 1-1 0-0 2.

Blue Valley West 55
Manhattan 45


It looked very much like the McPherson Invitational was going to open with a blowout Thursday, as defending tournament champion Blue Valley West just overwhelmed Manhattan in the first half.

The Jaguars (4-3) blasted Manhattan (4-4) with a 15-4 first quarter, ending the period on a 10-0 run.

The beat down continued in the second, though the Indians started showing life in the latter stages of the period, thanks in part to a pair of clutch three pointers from Jacob Holloway. West still held onto a dominating 38-18 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw a seismic shift in momentum, however, as Manhattan turned up the pressure both offensively and defensively, holding the Jaguars to a single bucket in the frame while dropping 13, themselves, to pull within nine points, 40-31.

Blue Valley West survived the haymaker, though, outscoring the Indians in the final period 15-14 to preserve the win. Manhattan got as close as seven in the fourth quarter.

Joey Lillis led the Jags with 14 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Ralston added 13 and Blaise Gammon came off the bench with 11.

Manhattan received Holloway, including a trio of three pointers on 3-of-13 shooting. Payton Stephens added 10.

Blue Valley West will face Shawnee Mission East in the 6:30 p.m. game tonight. Manhattan will face Maize at 3 p.m.

Blue Valley — Roy 1-5 0-0 2; Kaiser 3-4 0-0 6; Ralston 5-9 3-5 13; Martin 2-3 2-2 6; Wilkins 0-2 3-4 3; Gammon 4-4 3-5 11; Lillis 6-10 2-4 14.

Manhattan — Henry 2-6 0-0 4; Taylor, J. 1-5 0-0 2; Taylor, D. 1-1 0-0 2; Stitt 0-1 4-4 4; Holloway 3-13 2-2 11; Stephens 5-9 0-1 10; Hudgins 2-4 4-4 8; Dimel 2-2 0-1 4.

Wichita Heights 50
Hutchinson 45 (OT)

It was just as epic as their previous meeting, as Wichita Heights and Hutchinson went into overtime in the first round of the McPherson Invitational Thursday night, with the Falcons finding a last ditch burst of energy to propel them to the 50-45 win and the semifinals of the tournament.

Neither team exactly set the world on fire scoring-wise, as the Salt Hawks led only 8-3 after the first quarter. Heights fought back in the second, outscoring Hutch 10-6 in the frame, but still trailed at half 14-13.

Heights was a measly 4-of-12 from the field in the first half, though Hutch wasn’t much better at 6-of-17.

Hutch looked to pull the upset in the second half, leading 25-20 at the end of three, but Heights came back with 16 points in the fourth to tie it up.

The athleticism of the Falcons proved too much in the extra period, though, as Hutch faltered, allowing Heights to move onto the semis tonight.

The Falcons and Salt Hawks faced each other in a similar battle Jan. 4, with the Falcons also pulling out the late 44-43 win.

Heights will face McPherson at 8:15 p.m. tonight, while the Salt Hawks face Lawrence Free State at 4:45 p.m.

Hutchinson — Higgins 1-6 0-0 2; Parra 2-9 1-4 5; Wells 2-5 1-1 6; Slaton 3-3 2-2 8; Turner, C.  0-3 2-2 2; Turner, T. 4-10 2-5 8; Dower 3-4 3-5 9; Ackley 2-4 0-0 5.

Wichita Heights — Hervey 1-7 6-7 9; 4-9 2-3 12; Reed 3-7 2-4 8; Bell 7-13 5-9 19; Ellis 1-3 0-3 2.