Basketball roundup: De Soto girls, SM North and Maranatha boys advance to tournament title games
The De Soto girls, Shawnee Mission North boys and Maranatha Christian Academy boys basketball teams all punched tickets to play in the championship games of their respective midseason tournaments with victories on Friday.
The Wildcats will play for their second straight Tonganoxie Invitational title after upending Bonner Springs, 44-25, in the semifinals. De Soto led 18-14 in a low-scoring first half, but held Bonner Springs (3-6) to 11 points after the break to pull away from the Braves.
Mackenzie Shupe scored a game-high 15 points for the Wildcats. LaMyah Ricks and Ellie Bream added eight points apiece and Emily Fuhr chipped in seven.
De Soto (9-2) will take on Meriden-Jefferson West (10-2) at 5 tonight in the title game.
The SM North boys will play Schlagle for the second consecutive year in the Bobcat Invitational at Basehor-Linwood, but instead of it being in the seventh-place game, it will be in the championship game.
The Indians (5-5) earned a 50-42 victory over Ottawa (7-3, No. 5 in Class 4A-I) in the semifinals. North jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first half.
The Indians will try to avenge their last-second loss to the Stallions (10-2) from last year at 6:30 tonight.
The Maranatha boys moved to the McLouth Invitational title game with a 62-48 victory over Bishop Seabury. Brock West poured in 19 points and grabbed seven of the Eagles' 40 rebounds to lead the Eagles (7-2) against the Seahawks (3-6).
Jonathan Jackson recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Roland Hou joined Jackson and West in double figures with 10.
The Eagles will play tournament host McLouth (6-4) at 2:30 today in the title game.
The Maranatha girls also defeated Seabury, 50-35, in the fifth-place game of the McLouth Invitational. The Eagles (4-6) continued their offensive resurgence against the Seahawks (0-6). Maranatha's three highest-scoring games of the season came at the McLouth Invitational.
The Eagles will go for their third straight win at 6 p.m. Friday when they play host to Bishop Ward (0-9).
De Soto boys, SMNW girls come up short in OT
The De Soto boys nearly joined the DHS girls in playing for a Tonganoxie Invitational championship, but the Wildcats fell in overtime against Wamego, 66-62.
The Wildcats had four players score in double figures with Brannon Bell and Tyler Barkemeyer netting 15 and 14 points, respectively, and Nate Barnhart and Levi Hansen adding 12 apiece. De Soto's record fell to 6-5, while Wamego (No. 3 in 4A-I) remained perfect at 9-0.
De Soto will try to bounce back in the third-place game against Olathe West (3-7) at 2:30 p.m.
The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls also lost in overtime to Olathe South, 38-33. The Cougars (6-4, No. 7 in 6A) grabbed a commanding 22-8 lead, but the Falcons (8-2, No. 10 in 6A) fought their way back to send it to overtime.
Northwest will play the first game of its midseason tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday against Manhattan (8-1, No. 2 in 6A) in the first round of the Mid America Classic in McPherson. Manhattan will be the third straight state-ranked foe that the Cougars will go up against.
St. James girls, Mill Valley boys fall
The St. James Academy girls lost to Shawnee Mission West, 49-38, in the fifth-place game of the KAMO Classic at Blue Valley North.
The Thunder fell to 3-8, while the Vikings improved to 6-5. St. James will travel to Notre Dame de Sion (6-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Mill Valley boys were unable to keep pace with Washburn Rural in a 53-42 loss to the Junior Blues in the consolation semifinals of the Saints Classic at St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Jaguars (3-7) got going offensively in the second half after trailing, 25-13, at halftime, but the Junior Blues (6-4) kept them at bay after the break.
Mill Valley will take on Pembroke Hill (6-6) at 11 a.m. in the seventh-place game.