Brooks scores 43 points as Topeka West tips Junction City in OT, 67-66

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Forty-three. 43. XLIII.

No matter how you put it, scoring 43 points in a high school basketball game is a monster number, and senior Elijah Brooks and his Topeka West Chargers needed every last one of those 43 points to pull out a 67-66 overtime Centennial League victory over a talented Junction City team Tuesday night at West.

Brooks who scored 30 or more points for the fourth straight game, hit 15 of 20 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and connected on 12 of 16 free throws as No. 2-ranked Topeka West battled back from 12-point deficit early in the third quarter to improve to 11-1 overall and remain tied for the Centennial League lead at 7-1.

"I'm just glad to get out of here with a win,'' Brooks said. "Coming off the (Topeka Invitational) and playing tonight, it was kind of hard. We played alright, but the intensity was down and the energy was low.

We were all sluggish and stuff, but we got it done and we'll go on.''

ElijahBrooksJCTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks (4) scored a career-high 43 points as the Chargers outlasted Junction City in overtime, 67-66, Tuesday night at West. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

Tuesday's game included nine ties and 11 lead changes, including seven lead changes and three ties in the fourth quarter, before the game went to overtime tied at 61.

West, which was coming off its first Topeka Invitational Tournament title since 2004, went up 61-59 on a Brooks dunk with 3:34 left in regulation before Blue Jay senior David Rowell tied the game up at the 2:49 mark.

Both teams missed opportunities down the stretch, sending the game to the four-minute extra session.

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Mitchell leads the way with 25 points as Rossville girls get back on track

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Rossville's girls basketball snapped a five-game losing streak in Monday's opening round of the Jefferson County North Invitational, with sophomore Emma Mitchell powering the Bulldawgs to a 55-49 win over Perry-Lecompton.

Mitchell led the Bulldawgs with a game-high 25 points as Rossville improved to 5-6 on the season.

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Rossville trailed the Kaws 16-12 at the end of the first quarter but the Bulldawgs used a 19-13 second quarter to take a 31-29 halftime advantage.

The Bulldawgs pushed their lead to five points with a 10-7 third quarter and held on for the win, outscoring Perry-Lecompton 14-13 over the final eight minutes.

Mitchell scored 12 points in the first half and 13 after halftime, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Mitchell went nine of 11 at the free throw line as the Bulldawgs hit 19 of 23 charities as a team.

Sophomore Kinley Porter joined Mitchell in double figures with 10 points while senior Caylee Douglas and sophomore Kinsey Perine added eight points apiece.

The Bulldawgs will play the NEK Saints at 6 p.m. Thursday and will play a place game on Saturday.

The fifth-place game is set for 12 p.m. Saturday, followed by the third-place game at 1:30 and the championship game at 3 o'clock.

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