Substate brackets taking shape
Tonganoxie girls currently hold top seed; boys fighting for position around No. 5, No. 6 slots
The Tonganoxie High girls team finds itself in a familiar scenario heading into substate: The Chieftains have an impressive record, but so do three other teams.
As of Friday, Tonganoxie was 12-2, Sumner Academy 11-3, De Soto 11-4 and Bishop Ward 9-5.
With remaining games against Basehor-Linwood, two against Perry-Lecompton, Lansing, Immaculata and Bonner Springs, Bishop Ward could sport a 15-5 record heading into substate.
If Tonganoxie, Sumner and De Soto also win out, that would make the upper echelon of the bracket fairly balanced -- with some impressive records.
"Sumner's losses have come against some pretty good teams," THS coach Randy Kraft said.
1. Tonganoxie 12-2
2. Sumner Academy 11-3
3. De Soto 11-4
4. Bishop Ward 9-5
5. Bonner Springs 6-7
6. Basehor-Linwood 5-6
7. Atchison 2-12
8. Piper 1-13
1. Sumner Academy 13-2
2. Atchison 12-2
3. Piper 10-4
4. Bonner Springs 7-6
5. Basehor-Linwood 4-8
6. Tonganoxie 4-10
7. Bishop Ward 3-11
8. De Soto 2-13
Sumner finished fourth in at Topeka tournament a few weeks ago, with one loss coming against Hutchinson, a Class 6A school. The Sabres lost to Hutchinson by just two.
As for De Soto, the Wildcats had a slight slump earlier in the season, but DHS is in good shape with a few weeks left in the season.
One of De Soto's wins came against Tonganoxie in the Ike Cearfoss Tournament at Central Heights.
"They're playing pretty good right now," Kraft said.
As for Ward, most of the Cyclones' losses have come against larger schools. Highland Park (Topeka), Blue Springs (Mo.) and Kansas City-Schlagle all defeated Ward, as did Santa Fe Trail, a team the Cyclones defeated in the rematch two weeks ago.
Ward's fifth loss came against Tonganoxie, a 70-49 loss Feb. 1 in Tonganoxie.
The Chieftains, meanwhile, could keep their No. 1 seed by running the table.
If Tonganoxie does lose, the Chieftains, who currently are the No. 10 team in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, could have identical records with Sumner and De Soto.
If DHS and Tonganoxie finish with the same record, De Soto would get the higher seed because the Wildcats won the head-to-head match-up.
If Sumner adds to the mix of identical records, a coin flip likely would decide the seeding because the Sabres haven't played Tonganoxie or De Soto.
Last year, Tonganoxie was a No. 2 seed with a 16-4 record behind No. 1 De Soto, while Eudora 15-5 as a No. 3.
Ward was close behind as a No. 4.
This year, Sumner enters the picture and replaces Eudora, which will be the host of its own substate next month.
If the Basehor-Linwood substate were decided today, the lower four seeds would be: No. 5 Bonner Springs (6-7), No. 6 Basehor-Linwood (4-6), No. 7 Atchison Atchison (2-12) and No. 8 Piper (1-13).
Two of the top teams in Class 4A will be in the Basehor-Linwood substate tournament in a few weeks.
Sumner Academy is 13-2, while Atchison stands at 12-2. Sumner is ranked No. 4 in the most recent KBCA poll, while Atchison is No. 2.
The top two seeds likely will be determined soon. Sumner and Atchison will play each other Friday. Atchison also must face Marysville on Tuesday. MHS is ranked No. 8 in the latest KBCA poll.
Piper was a game behind Atchison and Sumner before last week when the Pirates fell to Bonner Springs, 78-73. PHS still has Mill Valley, Immaculata, Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood and Santa Fe Trail on its schedule.
With the win, Bonner Springs moved closer to the Pirates. The Braves are two games back at 7-6 and currently hold the No. 4 seed. The Braves have Perry-Lecompton, Immaculata, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward, Lansing and Santa Fe Trail remaining on the schedule.
The bottom four seeds are even closer to one another.
Basehor-Linwood is 4-8, Tonganoxie 4-10, Bishop Ward 3-11 and De Soto 2-13. Basehor-Linwood has defeated Tonganoxie, while Tonganoxie has beaten Ward and De Soto. Basehor-Linwood and Ward will play this week.
Tonganoxie likely will be a No. 5 or No. 6 seed when pairings are released.
That means the Chieftains would play at Piper or Bonner Springs in their quarterfinal game.