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Miege, McPherson claim 4A Championships

Mar. 11—McPherson outlasts Fort Scott for third place in 4A Girls

The number two seed Fort Scott Tigers opened up a 10-point lead on the four seed McPherson Lady Bullpups in the third-place game Saturday Morning in Salina. McPherson uncharacteristically turned the ball over more than 10 times in the first half and add to that the Bullpups opened shooting 34% from the field.

McPherson worked its way back to within three points midway through the second quarter before Fort Scott led 28-24 at half.

McPherson would tie the game on a layup by Jaela Thompson and then a go-ahead basket by Reanna Elrich early in the third quarter. Fort Scott's Keegan Yarick made a driving layup for a 38-38 tie as the third quarter ended.

Thompson hit a reverse layup and then the plus one to put McPherson up 47-44 with three minutes left. Thompson then power drove the baseline for a layup on the next possession. Follow a 49-49 tie, Karter Alvord popped a three from the corner to give Mac a 52-49 advantage with under a minute to play.

McPherson essentially won the game at the free throw line as Fort Scott was forced to foul.

Final McPherson 57, Fort Scott 50. McPherson receives the third-place trophy.

McPherson 57, Fort Scott 50

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Fort Scott — Abbie Gorman 11, Keegan Yarick 18, Kylee Comstock 11, Claire McElroy 6, Aubrey Yarick 2, Jacee Rogers 2. Totals: 13 (4) 15-20.

McPherson — Jayla McLeod 9, Madi Moors 5, Jaela Thompson 8, Karter Alvord 21, Reanna Eilrich 13, Piper Alvord 1. Totals: 17 (6) 17-17.

Atchison defeats Baldwin for third place

The number two Atchison Phoenix took on the five seed Baldwin Bulldogs in the third-place game in the Class 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon in Salina. Atchison led by one after the first quarter.

At the half Atchison took a 27-21 lead to the locker room. Eric Smith III led the Phoenix with 11 first half points while Cooper Carr had 12 for Baldwin. Baldwin struggled from beyond the arc in the first half but held a slight rebound edge over the Phoenix.

Atchison pulls away for a 61 to 50 final over Baldwin. Atchison shot 51% from the field in the game. Carr ended with a game high 32 points for Baldwin. Trey Carter led Atchison with 16 points and Eric Smith III had 12 points.

Atchison received the third-place trophy.

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Atchison — Xiomar Hernandez 11, Jeter Purdy 7, Trey Carter 16, Jeizeiah Kelley 9, Eric Smith III 12, Jace Richards 4, Yogi Purdy 2. Totals: 23 (3) 12-15.

Baldwin — Cooper Carr 32, Leo Schoenberger 5, Colton Collum 10, Ethan Smasal 1, Garret McLaughlin 2. Total: 18 (2) 12-18.

Bishop Miege repeats as 4A Champion

In a rematch of a first-round game from 2023, the Wellington Crusaders met the Bishop Miege Stags in the Class 4A State Championship game Saturday evening in Salina. Bishop Miege went on to win the State Championship a year ago.

The two battled back and forth throughout the first half, each sharing time at the lead. Wellington took a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter on a buzzer beating jumper Kristyn Gregory.

Wellington took a 36-33 lead to the locker room at halftime. Val Norwood led the Crusaders with 16 first half points. Mary Grant had 12 for Miege.

Bishop Miege opened the second half with a 10-0 run to go up 43-36 at the five-minute mark. Norwood and Britt Zeka spurred the Crusaders on a run to tie and take the lead three minutes later.

Heading to the fourth quarter tied at 47-47.

After back-and-forth lead changes, Kirston Verhulst capped an eight zero run to give Miege a 61-55 advantage with three and a half minutes remaining. That lead was just too much for Wellington to overcome as stretched it to 10 points with 25 seconds left at 72-62.

The final was Miege 75, Wellington 64. Bishop Miege repeats as champion. Wellington is young and do not lose a senior off the squad that gained the number one seed in the tournament.

Val Norwood led all scorers with 33 points. Mary Grant had 20 for Miege with Verhulst having 18 and Grace McCallop 13.

Bishop Miege 75, Wellington 64

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Bishop Miege — Mary Grant 20, Faith McCallop 10, Kirsten Verhulst 18, Grace McCallop 19, Finley LeMay 5, Carly Kurt 3. Totals: 22 (7) 24-31.

Wellington — Lyndi Barton 6, Britt Zeka 8, Ella Goodrum 2, Cruz Carnejo 7, Val Norwood 33, Kylan Gregory 6, Kirstyn Gregory 2, Dru Zeka 5. Totals: 24 (4) 12-16.

McPhersons finishes undefeated season with a State Championship win over Hugoton

In a repeat of the 2023 championship game, a game that Hugoton won, the Hugoton Eagles led the McPherson Bullpups 10-9 after the first quarter.

The first half saw both teams shoot under 32% from the field and Hugoton's Dasean Lewis calmly swished three free throws after a shooting foul at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 20-17 half time lead. Hugoton was five of 16 from the floor and zero for three beyond the arc. McPherson struggled at six for 19 and were one for six on three attempts.

McPherson worked to tie the game midway through the third quarter and took a one-point lead on an old fashioned three-point play by Cory Muehler at 28-27. The quarter would end with McPherson taking a four-point lead 34-30 to start the fourth. Hugoton went on an eight zero run to go up 38-36 with six and a half remaining.

Lewis hit an NBA three with four and a half minutes to go that pushed Hugoton's lead to 43-36. In less than a minute, Hugton rattled off four more points as the large crowd roared. With less than two minutes, Hugoton led 50-45 but McPherson was pressuring every inbounds play, and they would foul and send Hugoton to the line where they began to struggle shooting free throws. Jay Acosta gave Hugton a five-point lead with two free throws and then quickly Gabe Pyle hit a three to draw the score within two at 53-51 with 50 seconds remaining.

Hugoton fouled Kayden Thompson with 38.6 seconds left and he made one of two free throws for a 54 to 52 score. Hugoton immediately called their final time out. Izeyah Harris made one of two from the line but with 16.6 seconds remaining, McPherson's Cory Muehler was fouled shooting a three and made all three free throws to tie the game. A final Hugton shot missed the net and the horn sounded sending the game into overtime.

Hugoton controlled the tip of the extra period but immediately turned the ball over and Gabe Pyle popped a three to give McPherson a brief lead. Hugoton's Griffin Heger would tie the game with his own three-pointer. Each team then missed opportunities at the free throw line, but Harris made one of two for Hugoton to draw within one. McPherson called timeout up by one at 60-59 with 32 seconds left. Hugoton's tying field goal missed, and McPherson made a free throw to go up 62-59 with eight seconds left. Gabe Pyle then made two free throws to ice the win for McPherson.

Hugoton shot 17 of 35 free throws in the game that was decided at the line.

McPherson wins the 2024 championship 65-59 over Hugoton.

McPherson 65, Hugoton 59(OT)

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Hugoton — Dasean Lewis 17, Jay Acosta 7, Isaac Martin 10, Emmett Gaskill 2, Izeyah Harris 7, Griffin Heger 16. Totals: 18 (6) 17-35.

McPherson — Owen Pyle 6, Cory Muehler 19, Kayden Thompson 13, Gabe Pyle 17, Jett Pyle 6, Hayden Hoxie 1, Ian Razak 3. Totals: 17 (8) 19-23.