By RICK PETERSON
Shawnee Heights girls basketball coach Bob Wells was proud of the way his T-Birds fought back against Basehor-Linwood Tuesday night.
The problem is that the hole Heights dug itself was too deep to dig out of in a home 51-43 United Kansas Conference loss to the Bobcats.
"I love our heart,'' Wells said. "These girls just do not give up Their effort is just through the roof and they keep going and going and they'll climb back into games.
"We just need to play with that sense of urgency the first four minutes of the game and continue it throughout the game.''
Basehor-Linwood, which improved to 9-6 overall and 4-1 in the UKC, opened up a 26-13 lead with two minutes left in the first half before the T-Birds ended the half with a 6-0 run to cut its deficit to 26-19.
The Bobcat opened up a 39-24 advantage in the third quarter and began the fourth period with a 43-29 cushion before Heights fought back once again, getting as close as five points (48-43) with 50 seconds left before Basehor-Linwood ended the game with three straight free throws.
By RICK PETERSON
Seven Shawnee County basketball teams earned spots in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association state rankings, with Cair Paravel Latin's boys the latest county addition to the rankings.
Cair Paravel, 10-3 on the season entering Tuesday night's game, garnered the No. 8 position in the Class 1A Division I rankings, released Tuesday.
Silver Lake continues to hold down the No. 1 spot in the 3A girls rankings..
Topeka West, which has won 12 straight games to improve to 13-1, remained No. 2 in the 5A boys rankings while Highland Park (13-2) is No. 4.
Topeka High and Washburn Rural are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the 6A girls rankings and will face off on Friday at Topeka High.
Topeka High was 14-0 and Rural 14-1 entering Tuesday's games.
Seaman (10-4) moved up to the No. 8 spot in the 5A girls rankings.
KANSAS BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE RANKINGS
By RICK PETERSON
The Washburn women's basketball team outscored Rogers State 36-20 in the second half of Monday's MIAA makeup game, but a cold-shooting second quarter proved costly as the Ichabods dropped a 55-54 road game to fall to 10-11 overall and 8-7 in the conference.
Rogers State (10-13 overall, 6-11 MIAA) broke a five-all tie with a 3-pointer midway through the opening quarter to begin a 14-2 run to push its lead to 19-7 with 2:01 on the clock.
Abby Oliver made a layup and Hunter Bentley followed with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to single digits, but Rogers State remained in front, 20-12, at the end of the first quarter.
Washburn's offense went cold in the second quarter as it hit just two of 10 shots from the field and made those two baskets in the final 90 seconds of the frame while Rogers State took a 35-18 advantage into the break.
The Ichabods came out firing to start the second half and outscored the Hillcats 20-9 to trim the deficit to 44-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Bentley started the fourth with a bang with another 3-pointer as the Ichabods kept the game within reach throughout the quarter.
Washburn pulled within a point with 2:29 left and then again with 48 seconds left when Bentley hit a pair of free throws, but the Ichabods were unable to complete the comeback as their last-second shot fell short of the basket.
Bentley made all six of Washburn's 3-pointers and was one point shy of tying her career-high with a 28-point game and also added five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Nuria Barrientos and Oliver both added 10 points.
Three players from Rogers State finished in double figures, led by Vanessa Gajdosova's 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Washburn will travel to Lincoln on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. game.
COLD SPELLS DOOM WASHBURN MEN
The end of the first half and the end of the game cost Washburn University's men in a 77-60 loss at Rogers State on Monday.
The Ichabods (13-9, 10-6 MIAA) led 32-26 with 4:36 to play in the first half, but the Hillcats (14-8, 8-8 MIAA) finished the half on a 15-2 run to take a 41-34 lead into halftime.
Starting the second half, Washburn went on a 10-2 run of its own to take a 44-43 lead after a 3-pointer by Jalen Lewis, who hit his Washburn record-breaking 243rd career 3-pointer to break Shannon Kruger's career mark of 243 in the first half.
Rogers State came back with a 6-0 run of its own, but Washburn tied the score at 49 with 10:37 to play in the game.
From that point on the Ichabods were outscored 28-11, including a 16-3 run to end the game over final 5:28.
Washburn had four double-figure scorers, led by Tyler Geiman's 15 points, and Geiman added seven assists and three steals.
Jeremy Harrell had 11 points and led the team with six rebounds while Lewis and Michael Keegan both added 10 points for the Ichabods.
David Pullum led the Hillcats with a game-high 23 points, pacing four Roger State players in double figures.
Washburn will be back in action on Thursday at Lincoln (7:30 p.m. start).
By RICK PETERSON
Silver Lake's girls basketball team, top-ranked in Class 3A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, improved to 14-1 Monday night with a 75-36 romp at Pleasant Ridge.
Eagle sophomores McKinley Kruger and Makenzie McDaniel scored 17 points apiece for Silver Lake, with McDaniel also grabbing 10 rebounds and Kruger recoring five assists and three steals.
Junior Taylor Ross scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds while junior Mariah Farmer had nine points and four steals.
Silver Lake's boys dropped a 60-54 decision to the Rams, with Pleasant Ridge using a 13-0 run in the second quarter and an 11-2 run in the third quarter to hold off the Eagles, who fell to 5-10.
Senior Troy Heiman led Silver Lake with 18 points while Kamryn Kaniper added 13 points and Isaac Mountain 12.
Silver Lake's girls and boys will play at Riley County on Thursday before traveling to Rossville on Friday.
By RICK PETERSON
SEAMAN (10-4, 8-3) at WASHBURN RURAL (14[1, 10-1)
Washburn Rural played a Monday night Centennial League makeup game against Junction City, rolling to a 69-26 home win over the Blue Jays. Senior Katelynn Brogan came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points while Rural sophomores Zoe Canfield and Jada Ingram added 10 points apiece. Seaman is coming off a 67-35 league win over Highland Park last Friday, with freshman Anna Becker scoring 22 points and sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer adding 14 points, sophomore Brooklyn Gormley 11 and freshman Ava Esser 10 points.
TOPEKA HIGH (14-0, 11-0) at HIGHLAND PARK (2-13, 0-11)
Topeka High, second-ranked in Class 6A, remained undefeated with a 65-36 Centennial League romp past No. 3-ranked (5A) Emporia last Friday. Junior Kiki Smith led the Trojans with 21 points while senior Tae Thomas added 15 points. Highland Park dropped a 67-35 decision at Seaman last Friday, with the Scots getting 12 points and 12 rebounds from freshman Amelia Ramsey.
MANHATTAN (5-9, 4-6) at TOPEKA WEST (1-12, 1-9)
Topeka West has been idle since 51-34 loss to Leavenworth in the Lady Firebirds Winter Classic on Jan. 28. Manhattan is coming off a 49-28 Centennial League win over Junction City last Friday.
HAYDEN (7-6, 5-5) at JUNCTION CITY (2-12, 2-9)
Junction City dropped a 69-26 Centennial League decision at Washburn Rural Monday night in a makeup game, with the Blue Jays getting 11 points from junior Sophia Holloway. Hayden is coming off a 46-32 loss at Washburn Rural last Friday. Senior Carly Stuke led the Wildcats with 10 points while sophomore Lauren Sandstrom added nine points and senior Macy Smith eight.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD (8-6, 3-1) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (7-6, 2-2)
Both teams will be looking to bounce back from losses, with Shawnee Heights coming off a 56-48 United Kansas Conference defeat against De Soto while Basehor-Linwood dropped a 56-51 non-league decision to Wamego.
OLATHE HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (8-5) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (8-6)
Senior Jaley Barkley scored 18 points with three 3-pointers in Cair Paravel's 49-42 victory over Marais des Cygnes Valley last Friday. Heritage Christian is coming off a 43-27 win over Lutheran, Mo.
ROSSVILLE (8-7) at OSAGE CITY (7-9)
Rossville rolled to a 53-25 victory over Wabaunsee in its last game, getting 18 points from sophomore Emma Mitchell and 13 points from senior Caylee Douglas, who went seven of eight at the free throw line. Osage City is coming off a 41-31 win over West Franklin.