Wichita Heights and Blue Valley West for third place of the McPherson Invitational was as good as any game of the tournament, with the Falcons escaping the Jaguars 54-51.

Wichita Heights and Blue Valley West for third place of the McPherson Invitational was as good as any game of the tournament, with the Falcons escaping the Jaguars 54-51.


West led after a quarter, but the Falcons pushed and came back in the second to claim a 22-20 lead at halftime, which the would barely hold onto in the third.

A late, 10-0 run by the Falcons looked to put the game away with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter, but poor foul shooting down the stretch by Heights would allow the West to claw their way back into. The Falcons were only 4-of-12 from the foul line in the final two minutes of play, giving the Jaguars the opportunity to get within three before time ran out.

Ealy Bell and Chris Reed had 15 each to lead Heights.

Joey Lillis led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Connor Kaiser added 14 for Blue Valley, while Ryan Ralston had 10.

Wichita Heights — Hervey 1-4 3-4 5; Lowe 2-7 5-9 9; Moreland 1-2 0-0 2; Reed 6-112 5-7 15; Bell 6-12 3-11 15; Wilbeck 1-2 0-0 2; Arnold 1-2 0-0 2; Ellis 2-3 0-0 4.

Blue Valley West — Roy 1-3 0-0 2; Kaiser 4-7 6-8 14; Ralston 4-7 2-2 10; Martin 0-1 1-2 1; Wilkins 1-3 2-4 4; Gammon 1-3 0-0 2; Lillis 8-13 2-4 18.

Lawrence Free State 59
Manhattan 52

Manhattan had the momentum at halftime of the fifth place game Saturday, but couldn't sustain, as Lawrence Free State came back in the second half to win 59-52.

The Firebirds did lead after the first quarter, but Manhattan took the lead into the locker room at half after a 10-0 run gave them a 29-26 advantage.

Free State would just outscore the Indians 12-10 in the third quarter before opening up the throttle for a 18-2 run to close out the ball game in the fourth to seal fifth place.

Cole Moreano led all players with 19 points for Free State, while the prolific Khadre Lane had 13.
Jacob Holloway and Payton Stephens each had 15 for Manhattan, while Jonathon Taylor added 10.

Lawrence Free State — Winslow 2-3 4-4 8; Moreano 6-9 2-2 18; Scott 3-3 0-0 7; Caro 3-8 1-3 8; Lane 5-13 1-2 13; McFarland 0-0 1-2 1; Anavberokhai 1-1 0-0 2; Bannister 1-1 0-0 2.

Manhattan — Taylor, J. 4-7 1-1 10; Stitt 0-0 2-2 2; Holloway 5-14 0-0 15; Stephens 7-10 1-2 15; Hudgins 2-5 0-0 4; Dimel 3-3 0-0 6.

Hutchinson 61
Maize 59

A 14-2 third quarter run by the Salt Hawks propelled them to seventh place of the 49th annual McPherson Invitational Saturday, defeating Maize 61-59.

The Eagles led 34-25 after the first half as Hutchinson had troubles making baskets, shooting a paltry 6-for-24 from the field.

The Salt Hawks took command, though with a 23-11 third quarter, which gave them enough of a boost to survive the Maize attack in the fourth, where the Eagles outscored Hutchinson 14-13.

HHS' Tanner Higgins led the way with 18 points, while Trevor Turner had 16.

Jacob Horsch and Tavon Morrow each had 12 points for Maize, while Caleb Wilcox chipped in with 11.

Hutchinson — Higgins 5-8 3-4 18; Parra 0-2 1-3 1; Wells 4-4 0-0 9; Grissom 1-1 2-3 4; Turner, C. 1-4 2-2 4; Turner, T. 5-16 6-6 16; Dower 2-3 3-3 7; Ackley 1-5 0-0 2.

Maize — Horsch 4-6 0-0 12; Morrow 4-9 4-8 12; Lungwitz 3-8 1-2 9; Wilcox 4-6 2-3 11; Shaw 2-5 2-3 6; Engler 1-2 0-0 2; Eleeson 2-5 0-0 4; Luebbe1-3 1-1 3.