KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 1A DII KSHSAA State Basketball
presented by BTI Equipment
Game Recaps
Girls Semifinals Game 1: Central Plains to 50-39 victory against Golden Plains
The opening contest in Great Bend started out as a defensive juggernaut, with both schools combining for 6 steals in the first quarter alone. Neither team could score for the first three minutes, until Brooke Stoll broke into the scoring column with a corner three pointer. Central Plains would respond with a bucket from Brynna Hammeke to get the Oilers into the scoring column.
After trading buckets to start the second quarter, Hammeke would jumpstart a 7-0 run, but Brooke Stoll would hit back to back three pointers to pull Golden Plains back within one. The defensive tenacity returned for both teams in the back half of the quarter, with Kassidy Nixon scoring the only bucket for either team, putting Central Plains ahead by three point, 19-16 lead heading to the locker room. Brooke Stoll led Golden Plains with 12 points at half, and her twin sister Ashley providing the other four. Brynna Hammeke led Central Plains with 10 points.
Central Plains started to pull away in the start of the third, with the Oilers leading by four twice in the quarter, before Breanna Rath would would hit three point shots to bring Golden Plains back to one. Central Plains would take matters into their own hands, as Jennah Jeffrey would go on a personal 6-2 run. Jeffrey and Hammeke would combine to extend the Central Plains run to 13-2 to break the game open. Golden Plains would look to finish out the quarter with a 4-0 personal run from Ashley Stoll, but Kassidy Nixon would bury a trey from the wing to give the Oilers momentum going into the final eight minutes. The Oilers went 8-14 (57.1%) in the third quarter, while keeping Golden Plains to 4-14 (28.6%) from the floor.
Golden Plains would strike first in the final frame, but Central Plains would keep the Bulldogs at bay. Golden Plains would cut the Oiler lead to 11 points off of a perfect free throw trip from Kassie Miller and an Ashley Stoll layup with 2:35 left in the contest, but Central Plains forced Golden Plains to foul in the final minutes, sending Hammeke and Monica Short to the line. Brooke Stoll would hit another layup, but Central Plains would keep Golden Plains at bay, sending the Oilers to their 7th straight state title game.
Brynna Hammeke led all scorers with 25 points, 15 of them coming in the second half. Kassidy Nixon had 9, with all of her points coming in the 3rd Quarter run. Golden Plains was led by Stoll twins, with Ashley Stoll having a 12 point/10 rebound double-double, and Brooke Stoll finishing with 14 points.
Central Plains will advance to the state tournament game on Saturday at 2PM, taking on the winner of Cunningham and Beloit-St John's/Tipton Catholic.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Girls Semifinals Game 2: Cunningham 52 Beloit/St. John's/Tipton
Behind the Cunningham student section, a banner hung that said two simple words. "Defense Decides."
That defensive tenacity powered the Cunningham Wildcats to their second state title game in school history with their 52-31 victory over Beloit-St. John's/Tipton Catholic. Cunningham last appeared in a state title game in 1988. Cunningham will take on the Central Plains Oilers, who defeated Rexford-Golden Plains 50-39.
The 1st Quarter was all Cunningham, with a 13-0 run to put the Wildcats in command early. Cunningham started off the contest with a 3-0 personal run from Maddi Panek. Future Barton Cougar Morgan Meyers hit her first of many buckets on the LT and Sheila Fleske Court when her first three pointer of the contest forced a Blujay timeout. Cunningham would extend their run and their lead with buckets from Panek and Meyers, alongside a 3-pointer by Reese McGuire. The Blujays would finally get on the board with a layup from Lauren Schmitt with 3:44 left in the quarter. St. John's would add a 3-pointer by Paige Hollerich before the end of the quarter.
Beloit-St. John's and Cunningham would trade buckets before future Newman Jet Lauryn Dubbert would go on a 5-0 run to cut the lead down to 8. That run would be met with a 5-0 run from her former Wheat State Elite summer team member Meyers. Cunningham extended their lead to 15, going into the locker room up 29-14. Meyers had 17 of her 28 points in the first half.
St. John's would cut the lead to 13 twice in the third quarter, with Lauryn Dubbert scoring 13 of her team high 18 in the second half. Even with her red hot shooting in the second half, Cunningham would look inside, with shots from Madie McGuire, Reese McGuire, Alana McGuire, and Meyers to keep St. John's at bay. The Blujays outscored Cunningham in the third quarter, 13-12, but Cunningham kept pace with St. John's throughout the quarter.
Cunningham would start the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, forcing a couple Blujay turnovers during the run. St. John's would be held outside of scoring for the first five minutes of the frame, until Dubbert hit a jumper with 3:25 left. Cunningham would extend the lead out to 21 before the final minute, as the Wildcats secured their first title game appearance in 33 years.
The Cunningham defense held St. John's to 12-40 shooting and 17 turnovers. Cunningham forced 10 steals and led in points off turnovers 19-10 and fast break points 10-2. The Wildcats take on Central Plains, in what is expected to be a defensive juggernaut.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Boys Semifinals Game 1: Hanover 85 Northern Valley 58
Hanover will advance to their 9th state championship game on Saturday evening, as the Wildcats capitalized on 22 Northern Valley turnovers, in lieu to a 85-58 victory over the Huskies.
Northern Valley started off with the ball and quickly gave up their first turnover, which Jacob Jueneman converted into a three point play on the hoop-n-harm jumper. Hanover would quickly take over the ballgame early, as two Northern Valley timeouts could not stop a 13-0 Wildcat run to start the contest. When Northern Valley started scoring, the Huskies had big three pointers from Kenton Thalheim and Eric Loya. The first semifinal game looked to become a bit more competitive after the 6-0 run, but Hanover jumped back out with a 12-1 run, ending the quarter with a corner three pointer from Keagan Dimler.
Colton Bailey looked to get Northern Valley back into the game, as the Sophomore started the second quarter with a 4-0 run. Both teams would trade buckets until Hanover broke off again with a 7-0 run from Emmitt and Colin Jueneman, before Jeremiah Hansen would stop the run with a three pointer. Loya would add a pair of free throws to start a 5-0 Huskie run, but Hanover would take control again, extending the lead to 17 heading into the locker room.
Northern Valley, looking to put their dismal 5-21 3pt performance from the first half behind them, started off with a three point shot from Bailey Sides to cut the lead down to as low as 16, but a Dimler bucked and a dunk from Emmitt Jueneman pushed the lead back out to 20. Sides would respond with another three point shot, and a foul on Thalheim would add a free throw to cut the lead back down to 16. But much like every short run built by Northern Valley, Hanover would overpower the Huskies. Hanover would hit back to back three pointers from Phillip Doebele and Emmitt Jueneman, alongside a pair of Jacob Jueneman free throws, pushing the lead out to 24. Both teams traded buckets, before Hanover would go off for a 6-0 Wildcat run. Northern Valley would finish out the quarter with three point shots from Loya and Hansen for a 6-0 run to cancel out the Hanover run.
Hanover closed out the fourth quarter with ease, as a 6-0 Northern Valley run from Sides and Hansen was met with a 8-0 run to close the door on Northern Valley.
Four Wildcats finished in double digits. Blake Hynek led all scorers with a 24pt/11reb double double. Emmitt Jueneman was right behind Hynek with 22 and 6 steals, Jacob Jueneman had 15 points, including a perfect 3-3 from the arc, and Keagan Dimler had 13 points and 7 assists.
Northern Valley was led off the bench from Colton Bailey. Bailey went 6-8 from the field and 3-4 from the charity stripe for 15 points. Bailey Sides had 14 points and 7 assists, while Eric Loya had 13 points and three steals.
Hanover will look to add a basketball title on top of their 2020 football title on Saturday, when they take on the winner of Elyria Christian and Pawnee Heights.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Boys Semifinal Game 2: Elyria Christian 55 Pawnee Heights 42
Elyria Christian and Pawnee Heights battled for three quarters in the final semifinal game from the Kirkman Center at Barton Community College. Pawnee Heights opened out the first quarter with the lead, but Elyria Christian would make runs to match EC and keep the game competitive. Two big runs from the Eagles of Elyria Christian would finish business and send EC to their 2nd title game in school history with a 55-42 victory.
The first points came for Pawnee Heights through a beautiful tip in from Braden Colglazier. The Tiger 2-3 defense would give Elyria Christian fit offensively, focusing mainly on shaving the clock and perimeter passing. Elyria Christian would go 2-9 from the field in the first quarter, but three offensive rebounds kept the Eagles extra chances in the first frame.
Neither team could break away from each other in the second quarter. Pawnee Heights was unable to capitalize on their 9-5 lead to start the second quarter. Bret Anderson and Zach Stucky would combine to dig Elyria Christian out of the hole with a 8-0 run. Elyria Christian would build a six point lead with a Zach Stucky three, but Pawnee Heights would battle back to within one point, down 23-22 at halftime.
Elyria Christian would come out of the gates running hot, as Anderson, Stucky, and Josef Hobson would combine for a 7-0 run. Pawnee Heights would make a run of their own after taking a timeout to halt the flurry of Elyria Christian scoring. Braden Colglazier would hit the first bucket, followed by a 6-0 personal run from Alec Carlson to give Pawnee Heights a brief 31-30 lead. That would be the last Pawnee Heights lead, as Hobson and Keyan Wiggers would hit the first buckets to start a 13-2 run heading into the fourth.
Elyria Christian would have another hot start in the fourth quarter, starting off with an 8-2 run. Carlson would have the only bucket for the Tigers in that stretch, prompting a Pawnee Heights timeout after Ben Unruh drained a downtown three pointer. Adam Hands would go on a personal 5-0 run to bring the Tigers within five, but a 10-0 run from the Eagles would effectively give Elyria Christian the victory. Stucky started the run with a pair of free throws and a bucket. He was sent to the free throw line again on a one and one, but missed the free throw. Wiggers would grab the offensive rebound from the free throw, and convert it into a jumper in the paint. Bret Anderson would grab another bucket down low, prompting a Tiger timeout. Hobson would connect on a pair of free throws after the timeout to score the last points of the Eagle run. Other than a bucket from Adam Hands, the final points in the game would come from the charity stripe.
While Pawnee Heights fell, they have a lot to be proud of. Their last appearance in a state tournament was in 1972, two years after the Burdett and Rozel schools consolidated. That team lost to Bogue in the first round, 61-59. It is the first basketball medal finish in school history as well. The Tigers will only lose one senior (Felipe Cordero Jr.) from graduation.
Pawnee Heights was led in scoring by Adam Hands, who had 15 points. Braden Colglazier had an 11point/11rebound double-double, and Alec Carlson had 13 points before fouling out.
Elyria Christian was led by the 18 point performance from Bret Anderson , who went 9-12 down low for key layups. Anderson also had 4 key steals. Zach Stucky had 16 points and 4 assists; while Josef Hobson had 10 points. Keyan Wiggers led the Eagles with 9 rebounds, including 3 on the offensive glass.
Hanover will be the final opponent for Elyria Christian, as the Wildcats and Eagles meet in the 1AD2 State Championship on Saturday at 6PM. Hanover took care of business in the earlier matchup of the day, in a dominant 85-58 victory over Northern Valley.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Girls Championship Game 1: Central Plains 39 Cunningham 35
Throughout the years, Central Plains has won titles at Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan and United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. This year, Central Plains only had to make the 15 minute drive south to watch their Oilers go against Cunningham with their seventh consecutive title on the line. Central Plains would pull away in the second half to win State Title No. 7, but the path there would be unlike any state title Central Plains has played, with Cunningham leading for most of the first hald and not allowing the Oilers to have a double-digit lead.
Central Plains nor Cunningham could get the start they desired. Both teams would combine for 3 turnovers and 0-3 shooting in the first two minutes. Cunningham would be the first team to break into the scoring column, when Mor-gan Meyers would convert a pair of charity tosses. Brynna Hammeke would respond with a bucket to tie, but Cunningham would start to build a lead off a Reese McGuire three pointer. The Wildcats would build a a seven point lead late in the first quarter, when a Meyers three put Cunningham up 11-4. Central Plains would later cut that deficit down to three heading into the second quarter via a corner three-pointer from Lexi Oeser and a pair of Jennah Jeffrey charity tosses.
Central Plains would not be able to gain the lead in the second quarter, holding the Wildcats to only three points. Central Plains would tie the ball game on the final scoring play of the game. Brynna Hammeke would get the offensive rebound off a missed free throw. Hammeke would get the putback for the Oilers, to tie the ballgame into the locker room, tied at 17 all.
The Second half had the same slow start as the first half, with neither team able to convert in the first few minutes. The Oilers would strike first in the second half. Kasidy Nixon would go on a 4-0 personal run to start the half. That run was almost fully negated when Meyers would drill a three point shot to bring Cunningham within one. Cunningham would tie ball game one final time in the third quarter, when a Panek jumper would tie the game at 22. Central Plains would then go on a 9-1 run to finish out the quarter, starting that run off with 3 pointers from Jeffrey and Hammeke, and finished off with a three point play from Nixon.
Up six, Central Plains looked content to hold the ball and run out the clock, primarily looking to pass above the perimeter. The clock shaving almost cost CP the game, as Cunningham brought the game within one possession when Madie McGuire was sent to the free throw line and made both. Kassidy Nixon would make a bunny and Jennah Jeffrey would hit a pair of free throws to put Cunningham out of reach.
Central Plains extended their state record to seven straight state championships with the victory, spanning the 2A, 1A, and 1A-D2 classifications. It’s the second closest title game for the Oilers, who won by four. Their closest title game was their first title game, when Central Plains defeated Jefferson County North in the 2014 2A Womens title, defeating the Chargers 47-45. This was the lowest scoring title game for the Oilers. Previously, the lowest winning score came in 2015, when Central Plains defeated Moundridge in the 2015 2A Womens title, 46-33. Kassidy Nixon had a double-double to lead Central Plains, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Brynna Hammeke would score 11, and senior Jennah Jeffrey would score four of her nine in the final frame to put Central Plains in the winning column in her final contest in an Oiler uniform.
Cunningham was led in scoring by the 15 point performance from senior Morgan Meyers. Meyers went 6-7 from the charity stripe down the stretch in her final high school contest. Maddi Panek and Madie McGuire both had 8 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.
Boys Championship Game 2: Hanover 52 Elyria Christian 40
The Finale of 1A DII State Championship weekend at Barton Community College was undoubtedly the most physical. Hanover shot out to a quick lead, and despit multiple rallies, Elyria Christian could not cut the deficit to single digits. Hanover would win their seventh state mens basketball title and added to their 8Man-Division2 Football title this fall with a 52-40 victory.
Hanover would go on a 16-2 run after Zach Stucky made the opening basket for Elyria Christian. Emmitt Jueneman, Colin Jueneman, and Jacob Jueneman got the Wildcats rolling, and Keagan Dimler would connect on a three point shot. Stucky would connect on a pair of free throws to cut the Eagle deficit to 9, but another three point shot from Dimler would increase the Wildcat lead to 12 heading into the second quarter. Hanover would keep the lead over double digits for the rest of the contest.
The trio of Jueneman cousins would strike again, forcing a 6-2 run to begin the second quarter, which extended the Wildcat lead . Josef Hobson would then erupt for a 5-2 personal run before half, but it was all Wildcats, as they went into the locker room with a 24-11 lead over the Eagles.
Elyria Christian came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, hitting four of their first six. Keyan Wiggers started off the Elyria Christian scoring with a hoop-n-harm jumper, followed by layups from Bret Anderson and a jumper from Hobson. Hanover always had a response, with buckets from Jacob Jueneman and Dimler to keep the Wildcats in control. Elyria Christian would cut the lead down to 11 when Anderson had a 5-0 run, converting a three point play and a successful trip to the charity stripe, but Hanover would push the lead back up to 13 off of a pair of free throws from Jacob Klipp.
The fourth quarter was primarily decided at the free throw line, with the teams combining for 21 attempts at the line in the fourth quarter, with 13 of them makes. Hanover went 8-13 down the stretch while their counterpart Elyria Christian went 5-8 from the line. Dimler hit two straight buckets to start the quarter, followed by a Hobson three pointer to cut the lead back down to 14. Both teams were heaving in foul trouble, and after a full timeout from Hanover, only three scoring plays did not happen at the free throw line. Blake Hynek would pick up his fourth foul, and the senior would ball out, scoring 7 of his 10 down the stretch, including a 5-0 personal run. Three players would foul out in the stretch, with Ben Unruh and Keyan Wiggers fouling out for Elyria Christian, and Colin Jueneman was the lone foul out for Hanover. The teams combined for 40 personal fouls, the most among the six games in Great Bend this weekend.
Elyria Christian was led in scoring by the 13 point performance from Josef Hobson, who went 3-5 from the arc in the contest. Zach Stucky added 10 points for the Eagles. Elyria Christian finished their season 16-10.
Hanover was led by Keagan Dimler, who scored 18 points on 6-8 shooting, including 3-5 from the arc. Jacob Juneneman almost had a double double with his 11 point, 9 rebound performance, including 4 on the offensive glass. Blake Hynek added 10 points, including 3 steals.
Alex Hammeke, Tournament Correspondent. Presented by BTI Equipment.

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