- Created: Friday, 27 January 2023 16:39
By RICK PETERSON
Topeka High rolled to a 69-34 first-round win over Wichita Northwest Thursday night at Free State, advancing to a Friday semifinal in the Firebird Classic.
The seventh-ranked (Class 6A) Trojans, who improved to 9-3, put the game away with a 24-8 first quarter and opened up a 39-17 halftime advantage over Northwest (5-7).
Topeka High used a 24-10 third quarter to take a 63-26 lead and force a running clock throughout the fourth quarter.
Trojan senior star Kiki Smith scored a game-high 21 points for the Trojans while sophomore Jo'Mhara Benning added 13 points and junior Ladaysha Baird 11.
Topeka High will face 8-2 Eisenhower in a 7:30 p.m. Friday semifinal, with the Tigers advancing with a 54-14 first-round win over Free State.
HAYDEN GIRLS 47, NEMAHA CENTRAL 40 -- No. 10-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden posted its third straight victory Thursday night in the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament, taking a 47-40 win over No. 3-ranked (3A) and previously-unbeaten Nemaha Central.