Bishop Miege advanced to the semifinals of Kansas Class 4A at the Bicentennial Center with a 62-45 win over McPherson on Wednesday.
It was a case of the Bullpups wilting under the relenting full-court pressure applied by the Stags that turned McPherson over 25 times and led to 29 points.
Miege, 20-3, will play Andover Central at 3 p.m. Friday. McPherson finished 17-6.
“We are quick up front,” Miege coach Terry English said, “even our big kid (Madeline Homoly, 6-2 junior) is quick. She can get up and down the court quicker than most post players.”
While Miege lived off its press and defense, the Bullpups stayed in the game hitting eight of 15 three-pointers.
The game made a final turn for Miege when the Stags went on a 10-0 run in just 1:32 midway through the third quarter. That turned a tie into a 43-33 Miege lead with 2:41 left.
“That was all off of our press, English said. “We got some quick buckets, and that’s just converting when we make a steal and everyone goes to the hole.”
Homoly led Miege with 18 points. Shelbe Piggie scored 14, Kelsey Wolf 12 and Hunter Bentley 11. Abby Pederson had 18 for McPherson.Piper 77, Field Kindley 70
Piper built early double-figure leads and then fended off every charge made by Coffeyville-Field Kindley as the Pirates moved to Friday’s semifinals against defending state champion Wamego (a 51-40 winner over Mulvane).
Piper, 20-3, was up 13 in the second quarter, but Alexus Johnson led an early third-quarter charge to pull the Golden Tornado within 38-37 with 4:27 on the clock.
Piper regrouped and closed the quarter on a 16-4 roll going up 54-41 heading to the final quarter.
Piper lead throughout the final quarter by was never able to pull away as Devin Casper went off for 17 of her 26 points to keep Coffeyville in it.
The Pirates found the charity stripe to their liking, especially in the final minutes and converted 19 of 25 freebies in the game. Piper also was six of 10 from three-point range.
Haley White led Piper with 22 points; Megan Woolley added 14, Jessica Wayne 12 and Victoria Webb 10.Andover Central 58, Paola 50
Andover Central shot 53.8 percent in the second half and pulled away from Paola.
The Jaguars used a sagging man-to-man around Tiana Moala, Paola’s 6-foot-4 junior center, and double-teamed her when the ball went inside. The Panthers were down 19-14 at halftime and quickly fell behind by double digits.
Moala finished with a double-double, 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Morgan Laudan had 14 points.