Imac, LHS handed early exits
Reaching state basketball tournaments was sweet for Lansing and Immaculata, but their first-round games weren't as enjoyable.
Lansing met up with Ottawa in the Class 4A quarterfinals last Wednesday in Salina. Ottawa dropped the Lions, 80-58, ending Lansing's season at 17-7. The Cyclones eventually took third in the tournament with an 80-64 win against Chanute on Saturday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Ottawa dropped a 67-59 decision to Colby in the state semifinals. Colby then fell to Marysville, 60-58, in the state finals. The Bulldogs won their first state championship since 1966. Spring Hill slip past Topeka-Hayden, 56-45 for the girls crown. Jeff West, which won Tonganoxie's sub-state, defeated Iola, 73-58, for third place
Area team results
BV North 55, Leavenworth 47
Leavenworth 43, Maize 40
St. Thomas Aquinas 52, Leavenworth 29
Hutchinson 82, Leavenworth 45
LHS takes fourth at state
Ottawa 80, Lansing 58
Medicine Lodge 65, Immaculata 60
Jackson Heights 65, Garden Plain 58
Jackson Heights 67, Sublette 66 (OT)
Jackson Heights 81, Colgan 72 (2OT) JHHS wins state tournament
Moundridge 65, Horton 55 (OT)
In Class 3A action, Medicine Lodge squeaked by Immaculata, 65-60, ending the Raiders' boys season at 18-6. Medicine Lodge made its way to the state finals where the Indians lost to Norton, 60-58.
Immaculata had an 18-16 lead after the first quarter, but Medicine Lodge went into halftime with a 35-31 lead. The Raiders were down by as many as nine in the fourth quarter, but cut the lead to 63-60 with 19 seconds left. That was the closest they would come as the Indians sank two free throws in the final seconds and held on for the win. Scott Elliott scored a game-high 23 in the loss.
Immaculata finished the season at 18-6.
In state girls action, Nemaha Valley won its first state title since 1992 with a 55-50 win against Southwestern Heights.
In other area results, the Leavenworth boys team lost its Class 6A quarterfinal game against Blue Valley North, 55-47. The girls fared slightly better as they got past Maize, 43-40, before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas, 52-29. The Pioneers took fourth at state after losing to Hutchinson, 82-45, in the consolation game. The boys ended their season 16-7; the girls finished the year 14-11.
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