From the beginning of the season, the senior-heavy Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball team has had its eyes on a spot in the state tournament.
On Saturday night, the Mustangs turned a tense three-point game into a 57-43 victory over Shawnee Mission West in the Class 6A substate championship at BV North.
The reigning Kansas Class 6A state champions, didn’t leave any doubt as they took down Shawnee Mission East 63-49 for their fifth straight substate championship.
Vikings headed to 6A state tournament after 48-47 win.
It was the first basketball contest between the two Kansas Catholic high schools, and a crush of fans forced the fire marshal to close off the gym 20 minutes before tipoff. And after regulation and an overtime period, it was the Saints that left victorious with a 65-59 victory.
Blue Valley had every reason to feel good midway through the final period on Thursday at Shawnee Mission East. With 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in the Class 6A semifinal substate game, Blue Valley senior Jalen Fulce connected on a three-pointer from the left wing to give the Tigers a 43-35 lead. But from that point on, it was all Lancers.
The Lansing boys basketball team lost just two games last season, including the Class 5A state championship game. Since then, the Lions have been unstoppable. They finished the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record and a 14-0 mark in the Kaw Valley League.
With three minutes left in Friday’s game, the big contingent of Olathe East fans on hand at Olathe South could clearly envision a grand opportunity: Rushing the floor of their bitter rivals, a metaphorical thumb in the eye of the Falcons.
Johnson County area boys and girls basketball notebook
Taking full advantage of their quickness and their full-court press, the Bishop Miege girls forced a whopping 27 turnovers Friday night en route to a 67-41 win over Blue Valley in an Eastern Kansas League game at Miege.
News and notes about the Johnson County area high school boys basketball scene.
News and notes about the Johnson County area high school girls basketball scene.
Huskies pours it on in the second half and win 54-42 at Blue Valley North in boys basketball.
Don’t be deceived. Basehor-Linwood indeed came away with a three-point victory over visiting Bonner Springs on Friday night, but that 76-73 score didn’t mean the game was close.
The last five regular season basketball games for the Olathe North High School boys team could be brutal, and head coach Jeff Walton says his team is appropriately wary.
The Olathe South High School girls basketball team had been looking forward to its matchup with Leavenworth, and the cancellation of the Firebird Winter Classic championship game a week earlier had only added to the anticipation.
In the second half on Friday — after Olathe South, No. 3 in the Star’s big-class rankings, cleaned up on offense and locked down on defense — the Falcons cruised to a 61-48 victory and handed Leavenworth, No. 1 in the rankings, its first loss of the season.
Olathe North coach Jeff Walton had a big smile on his face Friday night after his Eagles beat Shawnee Mission East 51-40 at SM East. After all, it was the end of a nine-year losing streak.
Brady Skeens leads Cougars with 29 points, as Shawnee Mission Northwest survives at Harmon.
Blue Valley boys win 59-57 against BV Northwest, the top-ranked team in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.