Central Plains sends two teams to State

Lady Oiler Emily Ryan takes the ball cross court on the way to a sub-State championship for Central Plains. Photo by Mike Courson.

By The Pipeline Yearbook Staff


Both Central Plains Oiler Basketball squads took the sub-state title at their home court in Claflin this past Saturday. The Lady Oilers had to defeat league opponent the Kinsley Coyotes in the semifinals and the No. 4 ranked Kiowa County Mavericks for the championship. On the boys side, the Oiler men were victorious against the Skyline Thunderbirds who they took on in the semis, and league opponent the Macksville Mustangs to earn the trip to Manhattan. The girls will play at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Manhattan  and the boys play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday..



The Central Plains girls got out to a 9-0 lead at the beginning of the sub-state championship game against Kiowa County. The nine points were shared between sophomore Emily Ryan and senior Julie Donecker. The first quarter ended with a 20-8 Oiler lead.

      The Mavericks would score the first bucket of the 2nd quarter right from the start. Sophomore Rachel Lamatsch picked up her third foul of the evening and had to sit the bench for awhile. Kiowa County went on a run as the Oiler’s fell into a scoreless lull. It wasn’t until 4:19 left in the half when Donecker broke the dry spell. From there it was back and forth action from both teams. A freshman Rebecca Stratmann basket as well as a Ryan three capped the first half with the Oilers up 31-20.

    Ryan scored quickly into the third quarter for the largest lead of the game. However, the Mavericks bounced back with another score of their own. The Oilers battled foul trouble as two starters had three fouls a piece. Kiowa County began to catch up to the Oilers and by the end of the 3rd quarter the Lady Mavericks were with seven points.

     Ryan started off the 4th quarter with back to back buckets. Due to a 7 point deficit the Mavericks were reduced to fouling the Oilers toward the last few minutes of the game. Central Plains would make 5 out of their 6 free throws down the stretch and along with a layup by Stratmann the Lady O’s would seal the victory. The final score would end up 53-44, after a half court buzzer-beater shot made by Kiowa County. The Lady Oilers make their 5th consecutive to the state tournament.



   One of the most anticipated boys sub-state matches took place during the Championship game of the Central Plains sub-state. The Macksville Mustangs versus the Central Plains Oilers was intense for all 32 minutes of the game. The Oilers had a quick 11-2 start and by the end of the quarter led 18-11. Junior Alex Hickel shot in 11 out of the 18 Central Plains’ points, while senior Alex Barton chipped chip in six, and junior Myles Menges added a free throw.

   The beginning of the second quarter started with a Mustang three and two free throws to make the score 18-16. The Oilers responded with back to back buckets from Barton and junior Brett Liebl. Teams continued to trade points to end with a tight half time score 25-23.

   The first points of the second half came from Liebl. Menges added a three shortly after to make it 30-23. A strong Oiler defense held the Mustangs from scoring until half way through the third quarter.     More buckets from Barton and Liebl added up, and junior Devin Ryan added a three to end the quarter 39-28.

   Fourth quarter anxiety brought on many fouls by both teams and a technical foul from Central Plains Coach Brett Rolfs. Macksville made both technical foul free throws and a bucket right after to close the score 43-36. Barton and Liebl answered back with baskets putting it right back to an 11 point game. The Oilers continued to push their lead with free throws and took the victory 56-41. The Oilers will make their the third trip in school history to the state tournament this week.


Pick up a copy of the March 8 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for more stories and photos on sub-State action.




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