KSHSAA Game Recaps
Tournament Correspondent - 6A KSHSAA State Basketball
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Game Recaps
Boys Semifinal Game 1: OP-Blue Valley North 71 Lawrence 63
Blue Valley North started the game exactly as you would want to draw it up by leading by as much as 14 towards the end of the first quarter against the Chesty Lions of Lawrence.
Lawrence battled their way back in the second quarter, but the Mustangs of Blue Valley North shot 64% in the period to get a commanding halftime lead, 40-22.
Lawrence then would go on to outscore Blue Valley North in the second half, 41-31 but the halftime difference proved to much to overcome.
The game was back and forth as Lawrence just could not chip into the lead of the Mustangs. Blue Valley North was led by 23 points from Isaac Patterson and 17 from Andrew Orr.
Isaiah Mayo put on an impressive scoring display with 41 total points on 15 of 27 shooting.
Blue Valley North forced the Chesty Lions into 24 turnovers compared to just 14 for the Mustangs. Points in the paint loomed large as well, with the Mustangs winning the advantage 42-26.
Blue Valley North will advance to the championship game tomorrow facing the winner of Free State vs. Campus.
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Boys Semifinal Game 2: Campus 42 Free State 37
Campus got out to a 10-9 lead over Free State to end the first quarter. Stevie Strong from Campus was shooting from deep opening the offense for the Colts. The Firebirds found some edge on the offensive end rebounding their own missed shots for put-backs.
The second quarter brought a back-and-forth up-tempo game but shots were not falling for either team. Sterling Chapman and Stevie Strong For Campus led the scoring six points each. For the Firebirds. Kristopher Daniels and Cooper Jackson each had five. Free State held the advantage heading to the locker room, 21-20.
The third quarter brought more of the same with a steady back and forth battle. The advantage stayed with Free State heading into the fourth 31-30. Free State’s Jackson was a pest on defense getting his hands in the passing lane, disrupting the Colt’s offensive flow.
The Colts took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a Chapman dunk. The Colts then went on to play a little keep away game on the offensive in and locked down defensively.
Chapman hit two free throws to make it 40-37 with 14 seconds left and Free State got a good look at a three to tie on the next possession but it hit the front rim.
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Girls Semifinal Game 1: SM-Northwest 59 Olathe West 45
Shawnee Mission-Northwest came in undefeated and proved they why they had that mark right out of the gate getting up 13-2 in the first four minutes of the semifinal game in Koch Arena.
The run did not stop there as the Cougars of Northwest ran their lead up to 17-2 before the first quarter ended with the Owls of Olathe West trailing 17-4.
The second quarter was brought more of the same as the Cougars saw their lead grow to 17 points before the Owls went on a little run of four points but a layup by Northwest’s Kennedy Taylor started the run again for the Cougars. Taylor would end up leading all scores with 19 when it was all said and done. The Owls were able to shoot 4-4 from the free throw line where half of the second quarter points came.
Halftime found the Cougars leading 33-12. Northwest was shooting 56% at that half compared to the Owls’ 17%.
Northwest continued to show dominance in the paint in the second half where in total for the game would outscore Olathe West 36-20.
A scoring run of 14 points for the Owls would provide them with the advantage in the fourth quarter but the deficient from the first three periods were too much to overcome.
SM-Northwest will play in the Championship Game Saturday against Dodge City or Topeka High.
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Girls Semifinal Game 2: Topeka High 54 Dodge City 37
Nijaree Canady scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Topeka lifting the Trojans to Saturday’s 6 p.m. state title game with a 54-37 victory over Dodge City.
The 23-1 Trojans will face 22-0 Shawnee Mission Northwest for the state championship, with the Cougars advancing with a 59-45 win over Olathe West.
Topeka High will be playing for the school's first girls state title since 1982.
Saturday’s title-game appearance will be the Trojans’ second straight in finals that have been played, with High finishing second to Washburn Rural in 2019. Topeka High made it to the semifinals a year ago before the final two rounds of the tournament were canceled due to COVID-19.
Canady led the way as Topeka High with a 25-8 advantage early in the second quarter but foul trouble came for the Trojans allowing Dodge City to take advantage to end the half with a 14-3 run to cut its deficit to 28-22 at the half.
Dodge City got within 2 points with a minute left in the third quarter but Canady hit a 3-pointer to allow Topeka High to take a 5-point lead into the fourth.
Canady continued her dominating night early in the final quarter as Topeka High pushed its lead back to 11 points and the 21-2 Red Demons got no closer than 8 the rest of the way.
Thomas finished with 9 points and Kiki Smith 7 for the Trojans.
Becca Unruhn and Camree Johnson led Dodge City with 9 points each.
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Boys Championship Game 1: Blue Valley North 67 Campus 59
The Mustangs of Blue Valley North claim the 6A State Championship topping Campus 67-59. It was a true championship game that had both team showing strengths on both sides of the court.
Blue Valley North played in their third state championship game in history and captured just their second trophy, the other coming in 1994.
The first quarter started off slow on the offensive end but both teams were able to spark offense in the closing minutes of the period. North’s Luke Adams found the range from deep and Stevie Strong from Campus was able to answer the call. North got up my as many as seven and closed the period up 16-10.
Campus had a strong second quarter. Strong took advantage of several different one on one situation. Campus would lead 32-22 at one point in the period. The Mustangs would score the final four points of the half to make it 32-26 in favor of the Colts.
Free throws were big in the game. The veteran team from Blue Valley North went 17-19 from the line and Campus when 11-16. The colts missed some key free throws in the third quarter and fourth quarter that saw regain the lead by outscoring Campus 14-6 in the third.
Seven seniors in the Blue Valley North lineup provided stability in the closing minutes.
Isaac Patterson led the Mustangs with 19 points. Blue Valley North had four player put up double figures.
Strong ended the game with a game-high 26 points, playing nearly every second of the game.
Campus was playing in just their second championship game in school history, first since 1988.
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Girls Championship Game 2: SM-Northwest 61 Topeka 54
The Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars finish a perfect 23-0 season with a 1st-place trophy at the 6A Girls Basketball State Championship. They top Topeka, 61-54.
It was the game most people tuning into the 6A postseason thought they'd see and it did not disappoint. Topeka High junior NiJaree Canady scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, finishing off an impressive state tournament.
Topeka High threw the first punch going up 7-2 but Northwest responded and by the second quarter the cougars had the lead and took at 26-21 advantage into the locker room.
Back to back deep balls by Lilly Smith and Tae Thomas gave Topeka the 32-31 lead with 5:33 to go in the third. Canady also put in four more points to extend the Topeka lead. But, Northwest found the three-pointer. Something Topeka had done a good job of stopping to this point. Saige Grampsas hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 36 with 3:37 remaining in the period. Kennedy Taylor followed with a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a lead which they would not surrender. Taylor scored 15 points and had 9 boards. Northwest put a bow on it by converting enough free throws to claim the title.
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