All the talk entering the Mid America Classic was directed toward the undefeated Manhattan High Indians.
Not only was Manhattan a perfect 10-0 entering the championship game, but no team had even come within single digits of knocking off the No. 2 ranked team in Class 6A.
But Manhattan hadn’t faced a team with the prestige of Olathe South.
Olathe South has never lost a game in the Mid America Classic. Since 2010, they’ve participated in the tournament five times and won 15 straight games — second to McPherson’s 29 straight tournament wins in Mid America Classic history.
The 2017 MAC was no different as the Falcons cruised past Dodge City, McPherson and then Manhattan to claim their fifth championship with a 50-38 win Saturday night.
Olathe South is now 9-1, 9-0 against teams from Kansas, and could very well be the new No. 1 team in 6A when the next Kansas Basketball Coaches Association polls come out.
For the better part of the first half, Olathe South looked like the better team and piled on a 25-17 lead at halftime.
Manhattan cut the lead to four entering the fourth quarter, but the Falcons answers with an 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter that Manhattan was never able to recover from.
DejaNae Roebuck led Olathe South with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Nifty point guard Makayla Gooch bounced back from an injury to score nine points and lead the team with seven assists. As a team, Olathe South only committed six turnovers.
Lindsey Bartels was also a vital part of the success, leading the team with 13 rebounds. The Falcons held a decisive 42-30 rebounding advantage.
Manhattan standout Christianna Carr was held in check to the tune of nine points. Carr, a Kansas State verbal commit, scored 14 points in the previous two games and was also named to the All-Mid America Classic Team.
Kia Wilson led the Indians with 17 points and nine rebounds.
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