WAHAA 4 10 12 12 — 38
Veritas 11 12 6 19 — 48
WAHAA — McClure 12, Rose 12, Colliatie 3, Whitley 2, Tibbitts 5, Moeder 4.
Veritas — Nate Scott 7, Ethan Scott 9, Thomas Bachert 7, Ethan Kay 11, Elijah Penny 14.
Eudora Elijah Penny scored 14 points, and Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team used a 19-point fourth quarter to defeat WAHAA, 48-38, on Thursday in the first round of the KCAA state tournament.
The No. 3 seed Eagles will face No. 2 seed Topeka Cair Paravel in the semifinals at 7:30 Friday at the Eudora Community Center. Veritas and Cair Paravel split during the regular season.
The Eagles lost in the semifinals of the state tournament last year.
“I was really proud we kept our composure,” second-year Veritas coach Gary Hammer said. “It was a physical game. The referees let us play, and our guys like that. The whistles that blew were definitely fouls. There was a lot of banging going on.”
Veritas (16-6) jumped ahead, 11-4, in the first quarter, and used a 19-12 advantage in the final quarter to secure the victory.
Ethan Kay added 11 points, and Ethan Scott pitched in nine for Veritas.