The Campus boys, the Cheney girls, and the Garden Plain girls and boys are all headed to State tournaments this week. Learn more about their matchups here.
Clearwater went to overtime before suffering a 3-point loss in its substate championship against a league rival. The Eisenhower and Goddard girls found it tough-going in their championship matches.
Scroll down to get the latest substate updates. We’ll have more coverage of all games in next Thursday’s papers.
Class 6A – Campus
The Campus boys’ biggest win over Derby this year also is the Colts’ biggest win in more that 20 years. The Colts beat the Panthers 69-58 for their third win over Derby this season, this time in the 6A substate championship in Haysville. The Colts are now going to their first State basketball tournament since 1996.
The Colts had little trouble in their first substate game, rolling over the Dodge City Red Demons 73-44. Likewise, Derby took down visiting Garden City 68-40. Both games were on Wednesday.
Campus finished the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record and were the only undefeated team in Class 6A.
The Campus girls finished as the No. 18 seed, and under new rules this season, are not part of the substate tournament. The new playoff format has eliminated the play-in games that featured No. 13 vs. No. 16 and No. 14 vs. No. 15.
Class 5A – Eisenhower and Goddard
Saturday was a tough day for the two girls teams from Goddard. Eisenhower lost 44-30 at Maize South in their substate championship game. The Tigers finish the season 10-12.
The Goddard Lions lost 55-27 at No. 2 Andover Central, and finish the season 14-8. GHS went 0-3 against Central this season.
No. 7 Goddard (14-7) beat visiting No. 10 Emporia 48-39 in Wednesday’s first round. The No. 12 Tigers (10-11) surprised No. 5 Salina Central (15-6) in Salina on Wednesday, 57-51.
The Eisenhower boys were the No. 3 seed in 5A West and in position to host two home substate games, but were upset on Tuesday by No. 14 Valley Center (10-11) 55-52 at EHS. That ends the Tigers’ season, who put together a 17-4 season and spent much of the season in the Class 5A rankings.
The Goddard boys were not part of this year’s substate play. New rules adopted this season leave out the bottom two teams, and the Lions finished 18th in 5A West.
Class 4A – Clearwater
The Clearwater boys will not make their first State basketball appearance since 1983. The Indians lost 52-49 in overtime to Rose Hill after beating the Rockets in two close games during the regular season. Clearwater had won those two games by a total of 5 points.
The No. 3 Indians (15-6) handily defeated No. 14 Clay Center (5-16) at home Wednesday, 55-33.
The No. 8 Clearwater girls improved enough this season to host a substate game, but lost on Tuesday 52-33 to No. 9 Holton (12-9). The Indians close out the season with a 12-9 record. Under the new substate format, last year’s Clearwater girls would have been left out of substate play. Clearwater had won just 10 total games over the previous five seasons.
Class 3A – Cheney
The No. 2 Cheney girls are going back to 3A State after storming past the No. 1 Eureka Tornadoes 46-33 on Saturday in Cheney, where the Cardinals were the visiting team on their home court. Cheney now stands at 20-3.
The Cardinals escaped Friday’s semifinal with a 66-64 win over the No. 3 Trinity Academy (15-7). The teams changed leads several time, and neither team ever led by more than 6 points. Cheney looked like a top seed in Tuesday’s 67-17 win over visiting N0. 7 Kingman (2-19) in the first round.
The No. 1 seed Cheney boys lost 63-50 to No. 2 Collegiate at Cheney on Saturday, in a battle of top-10 teams in Class 3A. That ends Cheney’s season at 20-3. It was the matchup most people expected before substate began.
The Cardinals got a good challenge from No. 5 Chaparral (10-12) in Thursday’s semifinal. The Cardinals struggled early, allowing the Roadrunners to hang around into the second half. But Cheney was improved after the break and put the game away in the fourth quarter, winning 63-47. Cheney rolled over No. 8 Douglass (2-19) 72-41 in the first round on Monday.
Class 2A – Garden Plain and Conway Springs
Both Garden Plain teams are headed to 2A State in Manhattan, with the girls going as two-time defending champions.
The No. 2 Lady Owls (18-5) topped West Elk 51-36 on Saturday in Sedan, taking down the top seed with ease. Garden Plain advanced into Saturday’s championship with a 49-31 win over No. 3 Independent (14-8) in Thursday’s semifinal.
The Owls (16-5) got little resistance from No. 7 Bluestem (5-15) in a 49-18 home win on Monday.
The No. 5 Conway Springs girls saw their season end Monday in heartbreaking fashion, falling 54-53 on a last-second shot to host Sedan (see story in the March 5 print edition of the Star-Argosy). The Cardinals end the season with a 12-9 record, highlighted by a championship in the Mulvane Wildcat Classic in January.
The No. 3 Garden Plain (18-5) boys cruised past Independent 76-49 in Saturday’s title match in Sedan. No. 8 Independent had taken out the bracket’s top seed in an overtime first-round game, then beat No. 5 West Elk.
The Owls are in the substate title match thanks to a 76-61 win over No. 2 Belle Plaine (17-5) in a game that many thought would be closer.
The Owls (16-5) and No. 6 Conway Springs Cardinals (7-14) faced off in Tuesday’s substate opener in Garden Plain, with the higher-seeded Owls beating the Cardinals 46-27. Conway Springs’ season ends with a 7-14 record.
Class 1A Regional – Argonia Raiders
The Argonia girls (18-6) closed out the season in a substate semifinal on Friday, falling 55-37 to Berean Academy (17-7). Berean took an early lead and was up 10 points at halftime, 25-15. The game was played in Emporia. Berean Academy and undefeated Olpe will play in Saturday’s championship.
The Raiders earned a spot at substate by going 2-1 at last week’s regional tournament. Argonia opened play with a 59-19 win over Central-Burden in Argonia. The tournament then moved to Burden. AHS earned a spot at substate with a 32-21 win over South Haven last Friday. The top two teams from each regional go to substate. Norwich beat Argonia 35-25 in the substate championship last Saturday, in a game played for seeding.
The No. 7 Argonia boys saw their season end Monday, Feb. 24, falling 67-22 against host Caldwell. No. 2 Caldwell then lost to No. 3 Norwich in the semfinal, and top seed Udall top Norwich in the championship.