Piper, the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A-Division I girls basketball tournament, defeated Abilene 45-34 on Thursday in Salina in the quarterfinals.
Alison Vigil led the way for Piper with 18 points, including four three-pointers, three assists and three rebounds at Tony’s Pizza Event Center. Ryan Cobbins added 13 points and five rebounds and was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. Maya Morrow grabbed 10 rebounds and scored three points.
Piper (22-1), in the semifinals for just the second time in school history, will face McPherson (20-3) on Friday at 3 p.m. Piper has never made it to the championship game.
Bishop Miege 63, Wellington 49
Defending champion Bishop Miege played a close quarterfinal game on Thursday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center, but the final score won’t show it. Miege defeated Wellington by 14 after entering the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.
Hunter Bentley led Miege with 24 points and four three-pointers. Johnni Gonzalez added 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers, with five assists. Ashton Verhulst scored 10 points in the victory.
Miege (20-3), seeking its 20th state title in school history, will play Circle (21-2) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
McPherson 60, Paola 54
Paola, which entered the tournament ranked sixth in the class by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, lost to McPherson 60-54.
Seniors Matti Morgan and Chandler Karr shared the lead for Paola with 11 points each. Senior Rheanna Leckner and junior Skyler Williams added 10 points apiece.