Wichita The Veritas Christian boys basketball team placed sixth at the Kansas Christian Athletic Assn. Class 2A state tournament Saturday when the Eagles fell to Tyro Christian, 76-64. Veritas finished 14-10, and the tournament marked the final games for four seniors - Mark Randtke, Casey Woods, Andrew Bartlow and Shawn Rebman.
"It was a pretty emotional game for us. Our guys fought really hard. We played well," Veritas coach Doug Bennett said. "Mark Randtke had one of his best games of the season. Andrew Barltow has probably been our most consistent player all season. Marcus Holman had a good game."
Randtke and Barltow led the Eagles with 18 points apiece, and Holman added 14.
"We had a good season. Our expectations were higher than what we finished, but overall we were satisfied with the season," Bennett said. "Our league and state competition, there's a lot of talent."
Tyro Christian 58, Veritas girls 27
Wichita - Veritas Christian lost its shooting touch in the second half, forcing the Eagles (11-12) to settle for sixth place at the KCAA Class 2A state tournament.
Veritas led 14-13 after one quarter and trailed by just one point, 23-22, at halftime. But the Eagles managed just five ponits in the second half.
"It really was a tale of two halves," Veritas coach Kevin Shelton said. "We played well. Our shots just didn't fall. After halftime, they shot the ball extremely well, and we had wide-open shots and didn't make them, and that was the difference in the game."
Kristie Tiegreen led Veritas with 13 points, and Marteka Carlton followed with six.
"We're really pleased with the season with our first year of varsity," Shelton said. "We're not hanging our heads. You win some and you lose some. We're going to take a step forward and try to improve and get better for next year."