By MIKE COURSON
For Catch it Kansas
1:30 PM CST, January 29, 2013
Several HOPL teams were in action at the 54 Classic hosted by Pratt Skyline. No. 2 Norwich remains perfect on the year after downing South Barber for that title.
The Lady Eagles jumped to No. 2 in the Class1A, Div. II ranks. They celebrated by winning the 54 Classic tournament hosted by Pratt Skyline on Saturday. Norwich (12-0) opened the tournament with a 71-45 win against Macksville. From there, the girls downed host Skyline 38-30 on Friday, then pounded South Barber 54-33 in Saturday’s title game. The Lady Eagles fell behind 9-6 after one quarter on Friday before taking a 13-11 halftime lead and outscoring the T-Birds 25-19 in the second half. Kenzie Klaver paced the pack with 18 points and eight rebounds. Haley Rust added nine points and six rebounds, and Bailey Poe finished with six points and eight boards.
The Eagle boys fell to 2-11 with a 58-41 loss to Central Christian on Friday. The Cougars outscored Norwich 37-18 in the middle quarters. Jacob Norris led the Eagles with 13 points and Tristian Wallace added 11 points.
The Cougar boys posted a win in week eight of action. Central Christian (8-4) finished a slow week strong with a 58-41 win against Norwich. Central Christian led 33-22 by halftime of that win, then finished the Eagles off with a 17-8 third quarter. Jared Starkey led all scorers with 16 points. Zac Krehbiel finished with 13 points, and Ben Krehbiel added nine points.
The Lady Cougars picked up their second win of the year but not before losing their first two games of the 54 Classic tournament at Pratt Skyline. Central Christian fell to Douglass 54-20, then lost to Burrton 31-14 on Thursday. Saturday, the Lady Cougars improved to 2-9 with a 37-19 win against Stafford. In Tuesday’s loss, Central Christian managed just a handful of points early to trail Douglass 34-7 by halftime. Seniors Sarah Hagen and Brittani Green each scored seven points.
The Lady Thunderbirds hosted an eight-team tournament last week, including a field of several HOPL schools. After beating Cunningham 45-27 on day one of the 54 Classic on Tuesday, the girls fell to No. 2Norwich 38-30 in Friday’s semifinals, then lost another close 37-33 battle to Pretty Prairie in Saturday’s third-place game. Skyline tried to hand Norwich its first loss of the season on Friday, leading 9-6 after one quarter. The T-Birds could not hang on to that advantage, managing just two points in the second quarter and giving up six more points in the second half. Saturday, Pretty Prairie outscored Skyline 19-11 in the second half for a four-point win. Kaitlyn Stark scored 13 points in Saturday’s loss, and Janessa Davis finished with eight points.
The Lady Falcons fell to No. 10 in the Class 1A, Div. I polls after suffering its first loss. Last week, Fairfield (10-3) dropped two more games at the Sedgwick tournament. After a 53-30 win against Canton-Galva in the first round, the Falcons fell to Inman 48-41, then lost 53-45 to Remington in Saturday’s consolation match. In Tuesday’s win, Fairfield ran out to a 17-2 lead after one quarter of play. The Falcons went on to outscore the Eagles 28-20 in the second half. Senior Brandy Burns swished three threes on the way to a 25-point night. Senior Renae Montford added nine points.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 8-5 on the year with a third-place finish at the 54 Classic tournament at Pratt Skyline last week. Pretty Prairie opened with a 41-20 win against Attica on Tuesday. After a 30-22 loss to South Barber on Friday, the girls bounced back to edge the host Thunderbirds 37-33 in Saturday’s consolation match. In that win, Pretty Prairie fell in a 16-9 hole after one quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Skyline 9-6 over each of the next two quarters to get within one, then used a 10-5 fourth quarter to steal the win. Junior Selena Wapelhorst led the team with 16 points. Senior Tiffani Hines added 12 points but did most of her damage with 19 rebounds and seven assists in the win. Emily Moore finished with six points.
The Lady Chargers picked up a second win of the season at last week’s tournament at Berean Academy. After a 56-18 loss to Wichita Trinity in the opener on Tuesday, the girls downed Central Christian 31-14 in a battle of one-win squads. Saturday, the Chargers scored only seven second half points in a 41-28 loss to Bluestem. In Tuesday’s loss, Burrton never scored more than five points in a quarter, falling behind 31-9 by halftime and 49-13 after three quarters. Taylor Gottschalk led the team with six points, and Briana Woodworth scored five points.
Several HOPL teams competed at the 54 Classic tournament hosted by Pratt Skyline last week. Two of those teams reached Saturday’s championship game. The Lady Chieftains were one of them, falling to 8-3 with a 54-33 loss to No. 2 Norwich to finish second. South Barber downed Kinsley 57-51 in round one, then knocked off Pretty Prairie 30-22 in the semifinals.
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