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Sub-state basketball brackets announced

POSTED: March 3, 2014 11:16 p.m.
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Lady Oiler Breanna Holmes makes an easy bucket late in the Feb. 11 win over Ellinwood in Claflin.

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The Kansas State High School Activities Association has released the brackets for the 2014 sub-State basketball tournaments.

3A

ELLSWORTH — The Bearcats (7-13) will play the fifth-ranked, Beloit Trojans (19-1) at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Beloit. The ‘Cats have played the Trojans tough in both outings this season, losing by just three points in the Feb. 7 meeting of the North Central Activities Association rivals. Statistically, it is hard to beat a basketball team three times in a season, but the Trojans are led by two good seniors, Sam Pahls and Payton Vetter and sophomore Bailey Vetter. The ‘Cats will have to shut down the formidable play of the Vetter brothers and contain Pahls beneath the rim to get the upset.

The Lady ‘Cats (13-7) have the home court advantage and will play a dangerous Hoisington Lady Cardinal team (11-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in Ellsworth. In a rarity, it will be the first meeting of the two teams this season. The victor will play the winner of the Minneapolis vs. Norton game (the odds makers favor the Lady Lions heavily) Friday, March 7 at a time to be announced. This sub-State, in all likelihood, will become an NCAA match-up in the finals, as a resurging Beloit team is also in the brackets.

The 2013-14 basketball season was a rarity, as no NCAA team broke into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association rankings. However, all the girls’ teams in the league are quality teams, with any one of them having the capability to win any game, on any given night.

2A

 

CENTRAL PLAINS — The fourth-ranked Central Plains Oilers (17-3) have the home court advantage against a young Ellinwood Eagles team (5-15) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in Claflin. The Oilers destroyed Ellinwood, 40-28, Feb. 11 and won with a running clock in the fourth quarter. The victor (the Oilers) will play the winner of the Coldwater-South Central vs. Kinsley Friday, March 7 at a time to be announced.

 

The Oilers are a young, talented and disciplined team that knows how to win. The fly in the ointment for the Oilers is mighty St. John-Hudson — the team that has handed the Oilers its only three losses during the season and is also competing in the tournament. Both teams could beat a lot of ranked 3A basketball teams. Look for a fourth meeting of the Tigers and the Oilers in the sub-State championship game.

The undefeated, second-ranked basketball scoring machine called the Lady Oilers (20-0) will play (defeat) a struggling Kinsley (4-16) club at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Claflin. After the light, ball-passing workout, the Lady O’s will play (destroy) the victor of the St. John-Hudson vs. Kiowa County game Thursday, March 6 in Greensburg. The Lady O’s have beaten all three teams easily during the regular season.

Seventh-ranked Ellinwood is seeded second in the tournament and will probably meet the Lady O’s in the championship match. Central Plains beat the Lady Eagles 56-32 Feb. 11 in Claflin and made it look easy. Like the boys’ team, the Lady O’s could also beat a lot of ranked teams at the 3A-4A level, if not higher. No team has really challenged the Lady O’s this season and they have had the enviable problem of working hard not to whip opponents by huge, lopsided scores.

The 2A State tournament will be March 12-15 at Kansas State University’s Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

1A Division II

WILSON — The third-seeded Wilson Dragons (8-12) are the dark horse in the Otis-Bison 1A Division II sub-State tournament and will meet the 10th-ranked Otis-Bison Cougars (11-8) Thursday, March 6 at Barton Community College in Great Bend at a time to be announced.

The Dragons struggled in the beginning of the season, but led by the two seniors, Marcus Denham and Jarod Shelton, the young team improved with each outing to beat a lot of teams that had written them off during the season. The senior leadership of the Dragons is outstanding and could be the edge that leads to an upset. The victor of the game will play in the championship match at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Barton Community College in Great Bend.

The Lady Dragons (14-5) are the top seed of the tournament and will play the winner of the Chase (5-14) versus Hutchinson-Central Christian (2-17) matchup Friday, March 7 at Barton Community College in Great Bend at a time to be announced.

Wilson beat the third seed of the tournament, Otis-Bison (7-12), by a score of 52-34, Dec. 6 in Otis. Ranked early in the season by the KBCA, the Lady Dragons hit a slump mid-season and have worked hard to improve their scoring and defensive capabilities. In all probabilities, the Lady Dragons will play in the championship match at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Barton Community College in Great Bend. The Lady Dragons should make their third consecutive return to the 1A Division II State tournament, March 12-15 at Gross Memorial Stadium in Hays.

Good luck to all the teams in the sub-State tournaments.

 

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