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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Olathe South cruises into semis

  • Olathe South showed from the start why they are the second ranked team in the KBCA 6A girls’ rankings, as they dominated Dodge City from the opening tip off to the final buzzer in a 67-35 blowout.
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  • Olathe South showed from the start why they are the second ranked team in the KBCA 6A girls’ rankings, as they dominated Dodge City from the opening tip off to the final buzzer in a 67-35 blowout.
    The Falcons opened up with a 10-0 run on the Lady Demons, extending it to 14-3 at one point before Dodge City really knew what hit them.
    The Red Demons regained their composure a little in the second quarter, as Ciera Lampe was able to connect on a pair of three pointers to keep Dodge City competitive. The athleticism of Olathe South was still too much, as they outscored the Lady Demons in the frame 12-10, allowing Olathe South a 30-15 lead heading into halftime.
    Kylee Kopatich led all scorers with 11 in the half for the Falcons, who shot 12-of-25 from the field in the half.
    Olathe South ripped off a 7-0 run to open up the second half, though Dodge City was game, answering with a 9-2 run of their own to close out the third quarter.
    That only seemed to inspire the Falcons in the fourth quarter, however, as they responded with a 15-2 run in the final frame to put the game well outside the Lady Demons’ hands.
    Kopatich led four Falcons in double-digits with 17 on 6-of-14 shooting. Samantha Samskey had 13 and Jordan Morton added 12, while Riley White had 10 points and eight rebounds.
    Lampe led Dodge City with 14 points. Katrina Roenfeldt was close to double digits with nine points.
    Olathe South (10-0) moves into the semifinals tonight at 7:30 p.m. against McPherson, in what will be a battle between the tournament’s No. 2 and 3 seeds. Dodge City (2-7) will face Hays in  the consolation semifinals at 4:30 p.m.
    Dodge City — Pike 1-2 0-0 2; Wilson 0-3 1-2 1; Sain 1-3 0-0 2; Sanchez 2-7 3-4 7; Roenfeldt 3-8 0-0 9; Lampe 5-11 1-2 14.
    Olathe South — Finks 3-7 0-0 9; Holder 1-1 0-0 2; Matije 1-5 0-0 2; Duncan 0-0 2-2 2; White 4-9 2-5 10; Kopatich 6-14 4-4 17; Samskey 6-6 1-1 13; Morton 5-7 0-0 12.
    Manhattan 48
    Valley Center 44
    The Manhattan High Indians had to have had flashbacks to the 2012 Mid America Classic as the clock wound down in the opening game of this year’s tournament Thursday afternoon.
    Last year, Hays High took the Indians to overtime and pulled out the upset on their way to a Cinderella run at the tournament championship.
    Thursday’s game with Valley Center started out a little on the slow side, with Manhattan holding a 7-6 advantage after the first period. Manhattan then ripped off a 12-2 run in the second quarter to take firm control of the ball game, though Valley Center’s Meagan Williams was keeping the Hornets alive with a 10 point first half effort. The Tribe still took a 25-16 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
    Page 2 of 2 - Valley Center (6-4) suffered through another Manhattan run in the third quarter, finding themselves down 14 points about halfway through the period. The Hornets dusted themselves off and responded with a 10-0 run of their own to close the gap to seven.
    The push continued in the fourth quarter, helped by Williams, who ended the game with 19 points. Valley Center got to within two, but foul shooting down the stretch allowed Manhattan to extend their lead to 48-44 when the final buzzer sounded.
    Williams’ 19 was the only double-digit scoring for the Hornets in the loss. As a team, Valley Center shot 19-of-42 from the field and only 3-of-15 from distance.
    Manhattan was 17-of-38 and 5-of-9 from beyond the three point arc.
    Manhattan (9-2) will play in the semifinals tonight against Andale at 6 p.m. Valley Center will kick off consolation play at 3 p.m. with Wichita Southeast.
    Valley Center — Wedekind 3-5 0-1 6; Johnson 3-7 1-2 8; Williams 9-15 0-0 19; Anderson 2-3 0-0 4; Webber 2-3 2-2 7.
    Manhattan — Thaemert 2-3 1-2 5; McNair 1-6 4-7 7; Thompson 5-7 0-0 13; Ballard 5-11 3-4 14; Price 4-9 1-2 9.
    Andale 60
    Wichita Southeast 41
    Wichita Southeast kept it interesting for about three-quarters of the first quarter, but tournament No. 1 seed Andale exploded for 18 straight points at the end of the first quarter en route to a 60-41 victory over the Buffaloes.
    The Indians led 21-12 after the first quarter and kept it up in the second, holding Southeast to only five in the frame to take a 33-17 lead into the intermission. After a slow start, Andale’s Brittany Meyer and Josie Eck erupted for 11 and 10 points, respectively in the first half.
    Southeast tried to fight back in the second half, keeping up with the Indians in the third quarter 12-10 and then again in the fourth, only being outscored 15-14, but the first half deficit was too much to overcome.
    Meyer led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Eck with 13 for Andale.
    Natoria McCoy led the Buffaloes (2-8) with 14 points and eight rebounds.
    Andale (11-0) advances to face Manhattan in the first semifinal tonight at 6 p.m. Wichita Southeast will collide with Valley Center in the consolation semis at 3 p.m.
    Wichita Southeast — Plowden 2-9 0-3 4; Arline 3-4 0-4 7; Hardwell 3-8 2-3 8; Bullock 6-14 2-6 14; Grim 1-5 0-0 2; Ines 2-4 0-0 4; Taylor 0-0 2-2 2.
    Andale — Eck, R. 2-5 2-2 7; Eck, J. 5-6 3-4 13; Meyer 6-16 4-4 18; Rowland, E. 1-4 2-2 4; Lauren Rowland 3-9 0-0 7; Martin 1-2 1-1 3; Ebert 4-10 0-0 8.

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