By JUSTIN BURKHARDT
Hayden's boys basketball team hosted Topeka High Friday for its Senior Night contest, with both teams looking to end losing streaks and Hayden looking for its first win in 2024.
The game would start out in the Trojans' favor, with High going up 7-2 early in the first quarter before the Wildcats got going to take a 12-7 lead at the end of the first.
The Wildcats would not look back as they would go into halftime up 27-20 and would pull away to take a 57-42 Centennial League victory, snapping a 12-game losing streak with their first win since Dec. 20.
“It all means a lot,'' said Trey Brown, who notched his first Centennial League win as the Wildcats' coach "It’s a credit to all these guys and it's a credit to the seniors. We talked all week about playing for them and doing all that for them. It's their last time getting to step on the floor at home.
"I am super proud of these guys and their effort. It could have been easy, really easy, to quit and these guys stayed with it. The seniors played great tonight, they led the charge and everyone picked up their energy.”
By Rick Peterson
Silver Lake's boys rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to take a 52-46 Mid-East League road win at Rock Creek Friday night.
The Eagles trailed 30-22 at the half but outscored the Mustangs 17-6 in the third quarter to take a 39-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
Silver Lake outscored Rock Creek 13-10 in the fourth stanza to hold on for the win, avenging a 51-38 home loss to the Mustangs on Jan. 5.
Junior Brody Deiter led Silver Lake with 19 points, going 5 of 6 at the free throw line.
Elijah Lopez added 14 for the Eagles, who improved to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the Mid-East.
Silver Lake will travel to Royal Valley on Tuesday before hosting Wabaunsee on Thursday.
McDaniel's 28 points leads Silver Lake girls to 66-33 romp past Rock Creek
Emporia State signee Makenzie McDaniel scored 28 points to lead the way as undefeated and top-ranked (Class 3A) Silver Lake rolled to a 66-33 Mid-East League win at Rock Creek Friday night.
Silver Lake, which improved to 18-0 overall and 9-0 in the Mid-East League, took control with a 27-8 first quarter and led 48-14 at the half and 64-25 at the start of the fourth quarter, forcing a running clock over the final eight minutes.
Senior McKinley Kruger added 16 points for Silver Lake while senior Kaylee Deiter finished with 11.
By JUSTIN BURKHARDT
Hayden's girls faced visiting Topeka High Friday night and during the first quarter the game would go back and forth, with the Wildcats taking a 16-13 lead after the opening eight minutes.
That would be all the fight the Lady Trojans had in them as the Wildcats would pull away and outscore the Lady Trojans 25-8 in the second quarter and go on to cruise to a 69-36 Centennial League win on Senior Night at Hayden.
Hayden was led in scoring by Rockhurst signee Lauren Sandstrom, who had a monstrous 30-point night on 12-19 shooting.
“It’s really special,'' Sandstrom said. "It‘s a great way to leave my home court and finish strong.”
The Wildcats got a breakout game from midseason transfer Amelia Ramsey, a junior who would post her Hayden high in points and rebounds with her first double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“I have been getting used to the change of everything and tonight everything came together and I can’t wait for our next game,” Ramsey said.
Hayden coach Carvel Reynoldson said Friday was a special Senior Night for four Wildcat upperclassmen who have played together since the fifth grade.
“We had a script that we wanted to do but we had to play well enough to earn that script and to get all the seniors off individually,'' Reynoldson said. "First we started with Jill linherr who hasn't played this year because of a torn ACL, but she would have been a huge part of our team and then going on down the line it was exactly what we hoped it would be and and I know that the girls enjoyed their moment.''
By Todd Fertig
The Washburn Rural boys climbed above .500 for the first time on the season Friday night, holding off Manhattan, 48-46, for a Centennial League decision at Rural.
The Indians entered the game shorthanded, playing without a couple of starters due to illness. Washburn Rural held the visitors to just eight points in the first period, and just seven in the second. The Junior Blues, who improved to 10-9 overall and 7-2 in the league, led 23-15 at the half.
Manhattan began to get untracked in the third period, outscoring the Junior Blues 15-12. The rally continued with the Indians closing to within a possession midway through the fourth period.
Six missed free throws in the fourth period by the Junior Blues left the door open for the Indians down the stretch. A Manhattan 3-pointer cut the deficit to 48-46 with 18 seconds remaining. When Washburn Rural missed two free throws, the Indians had a chance. But the Junior Blues’ Kaden Ballard intercepted a pass to thwart the last-ditch effort.
“I’m glad that we got it done, but we’ve got to get stops,” said Washburn Rural coach Alex Hutchins. “I think a lot of people will point to the missed free throws at the end. And obviously it would be nice to have those. But if they don’t score, those don’t become an issue, and we gave up way too many looks that last minute and a half. We’ve got to seal that off to finish a game.”
By Todd Fertig
The Washburn Rural girls held off a late rally by Centennial League foe Manhattan to win at home 55-50 Friday night.
Washburn Rural jumped on the visitors out of the gate. While the Junior Blues knocked down their first four shots at one end, they held the visitors scoreless for more than five minutes at the other end, grabbing a 12-0 lead.
“We talked about coming out strong and aggressive and being in attack mode,” Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick said. “I thought we really did that and did a good job of playing within our offensive structure. We attacked inside and they tried closing that up. We attacked from the outside and that worked and we were really in a good rhythm and a good flow.”
The Indians didn’t fold. They rallied with six straight points to close the first period. A similarly rough start to the second period put the Indians into a 22-7 hole, but they fought back. A 10-0 run brought the Indians to within a possession just before half.
In the third period, Washburn Rural dialed up several long 3-point attempts, connecting on four of them, to extend its lead to double digits once again.
“We have some people who can shoot the ball and when they’re consistent we can be deadly,” Bordewick said. “We want to try to get a paint touch and then kick it out, or start hitting from the outside and things open up on the inside.”