The Kansas City Kansas Community College women will be playing for a national championship in basketball. So, too, will the Johnson County Community College men.
The KCK women beat Cape Fear (N.C.) 83-75 on Friday night in the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament in Harrison, Ark.
Johnson County, meanwhile, topped No. 14 seed Cecil (Md.) 81-78 in overtime in the semifinals of the men’s tournament in Danville, Ill.
KCK, the No. 3 seed, improved to 31-4 on the season and will play at 7:30 Saturday night for the national title against No. 9 seed Union County (N.J.), a 69-55 winner over No. 13 seed Lackawanna (Penn.)
KCK took control of things early. The Blue Devils had a 27-16 lead by the end of the first quarter and was able to hold off Cape Fear the rest of the way.
Lillie Moore had 22 points and 12 rebounds for KCK, which out-rebounded Cape Fear 51-32.
Johnson County Community College, the No. 2 seed, will face top seed Kirkwood (Mo.) in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. men’s championship game. Kirkwood beat fourth-seeded Erie (N.Y.) 84-70 in Friday’s other semifinal.