Hayden falls short against No. 3 Spartans, dropping 48-33 league game

Isaac Deer


The inability to convert shots in the second half haunted the Hayden girls basketball team in the Tuesday night, as the Wildcats dropped a home 48-33 Centennial League decision to Emporia.

“I thought we played hard,” Hayden coach Carvel Reynoldson said. “I thought our defensive effort was good. We made (Gracie) Gilpin work hard for her shots.

"I think that we lost to a great player and a great team.”

Both Emporia and Hayden were coming off of mid-season tournaments, with the Lady Spartans, who are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, winning the Glaciers Edge Invitational and the Lady Wildcats finishing as the runner ups in the Top Gun Invitational.

Despite coming off of a busy tournament week, Reynoldson didn't believe that his team waa suffering from any fatigue.

“I don’t think that we are fatigued at all,” said Reynoldson. “I think our girls are pretty fresh. They love each other and work for each other. They will always fight.”

BryleeMeiernewFreshman Brylee Meier led Hayden with 12 points in Tuesday's 48-33 Centennial League loss to Emporia. [File photo/TSN]

The amount of converted 3-point shots was the difference for Emporia, with the Spartans nailing eight treys on the night. 

“Three’s are something we work on quite a bit,” Emporia coach Carolyn Dorsey said. “I think (the team) is playing well. I think they’re understanding their roles. We have enough kids that are buying in to what we are trying to do here.”

Gilpin created numerous problems for Hayden, mostly beyond the arc, with the Spartan senior standout hitting five 3-point shots and finishing with 19 points.

“Gracie works at shooting all the time,” said Dorsey. “She’s been playing extremely well for us this season and she did a good job tonight.”

Emporia’s Rebecca Snyder had her way against Hayden in the first quarter. The 6-foot junior had eight points and was a problem for Hayden’s defense down on the low block.

Snyder, who would go on to have 10 points in the contest, also recorded 13 rebounds. Tuesday night’s double double was her fourth of the year.

Emporia’s defensive pressure was a big problem for Hayden to overcome in the second half, with the Wildcats scoring just 12 total second-half points.

Brylee Meier continued her solid freshman year season, leading the Wildcats with 12 points Tuesday night while senior Macy Smith added 11 and senior Carly Stuke seven.

Dorsey admitted that this is a tough week for her Spartans, who will face undefeated Topeka High on Friday.

I was nervous,'' Dorsey said. "(Hayden) is a tough place to play. (Reynoldson’s) kids play hard, they’re intelligent, and (Hayden) is a good team. I think (Topeka High) is playing better than they did when they beat us the first time. Kiki (Smith) is hard to guard, (Tae) Thomas is so athletic and (Topeka High) forces a lot of problems.''

 Hayden also faces a tough challenge Friday night, playing at No. 3-ranked Washburn Rural.


Emporia 16 11 13 8 – 48

Hayden  10 11 7 5 – 33

Emporia High (11-3, 7-3) – Gilpin 7 0-0 19, Snyder 4 2-6 10, Kirmer 2 1-2 6, Shivley 2 0-0 5, Peak 1 1-2 3, Stewart 1 0-0 3, Baker 1 (0-1) 2.

Hayden (7-5, 5-4) – Meier 4 2-4 12, Smith 4 3-5 11, Stuke 1 4-6 7, Greco 0 2-2 2, Grunert 0 1-2 1.

3-point goals – Emporia 8 (Gilpin 5, Kirmer, Shivley, Stewart), Hayden 3 (Meier 2, Stuke). Total fouls – Emporia 16, Hayden 9.


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Seaman girls hang on for 49-46 Centennial League win over Manhattan

Rick Peterson


Seaman struggled through much of Tuesday night's Centennial League girls contest against Manhattan, with the game going down to the final possession.

But the Vikings got the job done, hanging on for a 49-46 win in a makeup contest at Seaman as freshman Anna Becker led the way with a career-high 26 points.

AnnaBeckerHaydenFreshman Anna Becker scored a career-high 26 points as Seaman held off Manhattan for a 49-46 Centennial League win Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

"Sometimes you just have to find a way to win,'' Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said. "We have a young team and I told the girls after the game that we needed a grind-it-out, see-how-tough-you-are kind of game.

"This was a good step for us. Tough teams win games and credit Manhattan. They didn't quit and they had some girls hit some big shots late.''

Seaman, which improved to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in the league, never trailed after taking a 16-15 lead with about five minutes left in the opening half, but Manhattan (4-9, 3-6) refused to go away.

The Vikings led 28-21 at the half and by 10 points twice in the third quarter, but Manhattan cut its deficit to six at the start of the fourth quarter and fought back from nine points down in the fourth quarter to get within two points (48-46) with 23.3 seconds remaining.

Seaman sophomore Tayln Stallbaumer hit one of two free throws with 15.6 seconds left to account or the final margin as the Vikings survived the Manhattan upset bid despite missing some key free throws late (12 of 22 for the game).

"Usually we're a pretty good free throw team down the stretch and I think we were one of eight maybe at the line,'' Tinsley said. "But it's good for us to be in that situation and still come out with a win when I feel we didn't play our best.''

Becker scored 12 points in the first half and 14 after the break to power Seaman's offense as the Vikings' lone double-figure scorer.

Junior Jaycee Schumann added eight points off the bench for Seaman.

Senior Grace Dixon led Manhattan with 14 points while sophomore Maxine Doering added 11.

Seaman will be back at home Friday to host Highland Park in a Centennial League contest.


Manhattan 10 11 12 13 -- 46

Seaman       10 18 11 10 -- 49

Manhattan (4-9, 3-6) – Yates 1-4 2-3 4, Larson 1-4 1-2 3, Doering 3-5 4-4 11, Ruliffson 2-5 1-3 5, Dixon 6-8 2-4 14, Ingram 2-3 0-0 6, Sa. Salmans 0-1 0-0 0, So. Salmans 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 16-32 10-16 46.

Seaman (9-4, 7-3) – Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Stallbaumer 2-4 1-2 5, Becker 8-12 9-12 26, Gormley 1-2 0-1 2, Mills 1-3 0-0 2, Schumann 3-7 2-2 8, Esser 3-3 0-5 6, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-31 12-22 49.

3-point goals – Manhattan 4 (Ingram 2, Doering, Sophia Salmans), Seaman 1 (Becker). Total fouls – Manhattan 21, Seaman 15. Fouled out – Doering, Ruliffson.

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