Blue Valley West made their case for a return trip to the McPherson Invitational championship game Friday night, as they took top seeded Shawnee Mission East to the limit, but came up just short, falling 48-36.

The Jaguars blitzed East early, taking a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, though the Lancers recovered, rattling off a 6-0 in the second to take a 22-18 lead into the locker room at the half.

Vance Wentz was big for East in the half, putting up 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting. West shot a little better from the field in the half, going 7-of-16, but the difference was free throw shooting. Shawnee Mission was 7-of-9 from the line, while Blue Valley was only 4-of-7.

Shawnee Mission tried to put the Jaguars away in the third but couldn’t quite find  a way to do it until the fourth, when they out-scored Blue Valley 17-12 on their way to the victory and a shot at the Mcpherson Invitational championship tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Wentz had 19 points for Shawnee Mission, who was an outstanding 19-of-23 from the foul line as a whole. Zach Schneider added 16 points in the win.

Joey Lillis was the only Jaguar in double digits with 11.

Blue Valley West will play in the third place game at 5:30 p.m.

Blue Valley West — Roy 2-2 0-0 4; Kaiser 1-10 2-2 4; Curtis 1-1 2-2 4; Ralston 3-8 0-0 7; Gammon 2-3 2-6 6; Lillis 4-9 3-3 11.

Shawnee Mission East — Knabe 1-1 0-0 2; Schneider 4-7 8-8 16; Wentz, V. 5-18 8-11 19; Rellihan 1-2 0-0 2; Tuttle 1-1 0-0 2; Jones 1-3 3-4 5; Wentz, J. 1-1 0-0 2.

Manhattan 49
Maize 39

The Indians once again had to make a comeback in the 49th Annual McPherson Invitational, though this time the result was different than their opening round game with Blue Valley West.

Manhattan found themselves down 13-9 to Maize in Friday’s first consolation match up after the first quarter, but began working the comeback mojo sooner than they had against West Thursday, holding a 24-19 lead at the half.

The Tribe lit up the Eagles for a 15-6 second quarter, thanks in part to Manhattan finding their groove from beyond the arc, shooting 3-of-9 from distance in the first half.

The third quarter was a little more evenly matched, with Manhattan holding a slight 14-11 advantage, but the halftime deficit was too much for the Eagles to manage, as the Indians held on for a 49-39 win.
Johnathon Taylor, held to only two points in Thursday’s game with Blue Valley West, scored 12 for Manhattan on 4-of-5 shooting.

Manhattan will be in the fifth place game this afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. against Lawrence Free State. Maize moves onto the seventh place game at 1:30 p.m. and will face Hutchinson.

Manhattan — Saville 1-5 0-1 2; Fehr 2-2 1-2 5; Taylor, J. 4-5 2-4 12; Taylor, D. 0-2 1-2 1; Stitt 3-3 2-2 8; Holloway 1-7 0-0 3; Stephens 3-6 2-2 8; Hudgins 3-4 3-4 9; Dimel 0-1 1-4 1.

Maize — Horsch 1-6 1-4 3; Morrow 0-3 4-6 4; Lungwitz 4-13 4-5 13; Wilcox 1-1 1-2 4; Shaw 2-6 3-3 7; Engler 0-0 2-2 2; Eleeson 2-7 2-2 6.

Lawrence Free State 42
Hutchinson 40

For the second time in as many days, Hutchinson High found themselves in a battle during the McPherson Invitational, this time against Lawrence Free State in the consolation semifinals.

The Firebirds and the Salt Hawks were both off to begin with, as Free State led only 8-7 after one. An 11-3 run in the second quarter gave Free State what should have been a comfortable lead heading into halftime, but the Salt Hawks had other ideas, scoring the period’s final seven points and pulling within two at the buzzer, 19-17.

Free throws down the stretch allowed Hutchinson back into the game in the first half, as the Salt Hawks hit on 8-of-14 from the foul line, making up for a poor performance from the field, shooting just 4-for-18.

Free State wasn’t much better, going 9-of-20 from the field.

Free State once again looked to put the game away in the third, out-pacing the Salt Hawks 16-11 to take a 38-29 lead in to the final quarter.

Hutchinson, once more, fought back, putting up 12 points to pull within two, but there wasn’t enough clock, as the Salt Hawks’ comeback bid fell just short 42-40.

Just like he had against McPherson Thursday, Free State’s Khadre Lane proved to the pace-setter for the Firebirds, as he offered up 11 points.

Hutchinson’s Trevor Turner led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

The Firebirds will face Manhattan in the fifth place game this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Hutch has Maize at 1:30 p.m. for seventh.

Hutchinson — Higgins 2-5 2-2 7; Parra 2-4 1-2 5; Slaton 1-2 0-0 2; Turner, C. 0-7 4-8 4; Turner, T. 4-10 5-7 14; Dower 1-3 2-3 4; Ackley 1-2 2-2 4.

Lawrence Free State — Winslow 1-3 0-2; Moreano 3-11 1-2 9; Loneker 1-3 1-6 3; Hack 1-2 0-0 2; Scott 1-6 0-0 2; Caro 1-6 0-0 2; Lane 3-7 3-4 11; McFarland 1-2 0-0 2; Bannister 1-3 0-0 2.