Thursday prep BB roundup: City trio advances with tourney wins

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


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.

KikiSmithWRSenior Kiki Smith scored 21 points in Topeka High's 69-34 win over Wichita Northwest Thursday in the first round of the Firebird Classic. [File photo/TSN]

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.

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Bench helps Washburn women snap four-game losing streak, 60-53

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


The Washburn bench came through with 31 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Ichabod women defeated Rogers State on Thursday evening at Lee Arena, 60-53, to snap a four-game losing streak.

Nine of the 10 Ichabods who saw action Thursday night cracked the scoring column.

YibariNwidadahFreshman Yibari Nwidadah recorded a double-double in Washburn's 60-53 MIAA win over State Thursday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

Freshman Yibari Nwidadah came off the bench to notch her second double-double of the season with a career-high 13 points and tied a career-best with 13 rebounds.

Macy Doebele came off the bench to hit four of six shots from the field and four for five from the free throw line to add 12 points. 

Both teams got off to a sluggish start as Rogers State (4-16 overall, 2-12 MIAA) scored the first points of the evening on a free throw at the 6:28 mark. Washburn (7-10, 3-8 MIAA) answered with a 5-0 run before Rogers State reclaimed the lead with a 7-0 scoring stretch.

Emma Chapman went two for two at the free throw line with 19 seconds to go in the period to level the score at 8-all.

The Hillcats made a layup early in the second quarter to go back in front, but the Ichabods put together an 8-2 run over the course of three and a half minutes to lead to take a 16-12 advantage.

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