Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys secure 9th consecutive win
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Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team wasted no time taking care of business in its latest win.
The Seahawks jumped out to a 35-6 advantage in the first quarter and never looked back en route to an 85-33 win over Northland Christian at BSA on Tuesday night. With the win in its last home game of the regular season, Bishop Seabury (14-2, No. 1 in Class 2A) has now claimed nine consecutive victories.
“I thought we came out with great energy and focus,” BSA head coach Jonathan Raney said. “Once again, we showed what we are capable of when we play hard and play together.”
That cohesiveness was evident from the start. Junior Stavian Jones, senior Cobe Green and junior Zach Bloch helped set the tone with their pressure defense. The Seahawks were also unselfish on the offensive end, getting good looks after making the extra pass.
Jones led the team with 23 points, though a majority of that production was made possible by his effort on the defensive end. Senior Luke Hornberger was running the floor well and posting hard inside, finishing with 20 points on senior night.
Sophomore Joao Carlos Ramirez and Bloch finished in double figures with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Bishop Seabury had a 55-20 advantage at halftime, and was able to coast to another lopsided win.
Bishop Seabury will travel to Olathe Heritage Christian on Tuesday.
N. Christian 6 14 7 6 — 33
Bishop Seabury 35 20 23 7 — 85
Bishop Seabury (85)
Zach Bloch 11, Sam Bayliss 3, Stavian Jones 23, Cobe Green 1, Jett French 1, Luke Hornberger 20, Joao Carlos Ramirez 16.
Veritas boys fall to St. Joseph Lions
Despite a late push, Veritas boys basketball dropped a 73-70 decision to the St. Joseph Christian Lions on Tuesday night.
VHS (8-13) faced a 24-18 deficit in the first quarter before slowly clawing its way back over the next three periods. The Eagles eventually scored 23 points in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done.
Will Rau was spectacular despite the team’s losing effort, scoring 30 points on 10 of 20 shooting from the floor. He also flirted with a triple-double, finishing with eight rebounds and seven assists. Will Bartkoski scored 21 points, while Brennan Clements added 17 points.
Veritas will travel to Heritage Christian Academy on Monday.
St. Joe 24 19 12 18 — 73
Veritas 18 17 12 23 — 70
Ben Hansen 2, Will Rau 30, Will Bartkoski 21, Brennan Clements 17
Baldwin girls take down Wellsville
Baldwin’s girls basketball team earned a 54-45 win over Wellsville on Tuesday night.
Junior Jenna Harvey led the way for the Bulldogs (No. 6 in Class 4A), who improved to 15-3 on the year. Harvey went 9-for-15 from the field to finish with a team-high 19 points. Senior Josie Boyle registered 10 points to finish with double figures.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Baldwin’s boys basketball team (3-12) suffered a 67-53 loss to Wellsville.
Wellsville 8 13 14 10 — 45
Baldwin 11 12 14 17 — 54
Josie Boyle 10, Anna Burnett 9, Lauren Russell 5, Jenna Harvey 19, Riley Smith 7, Nikki Morgan 4
Tonganoxie splits with Bishop Ward
In a road basketball doubleheader at Bishop Ward, Tonganoxie came away with one win Tuesday.
Sophomore Zane Novotney had a breakout performance for the THS boys in a 70-42 win over Bishop Ward. Novotney led the team with 32 points in the win, while Tonganoxie (10-7) scored in double digits in all four periods.
In the first game, Tonganoxie’s girls basketball team suffered a 52-36 loss to Bishop Ward.
THS boys 16 19 14 21 — 70
Bishop Ward 8 13 12 9 — 42
Eudora girls extend winning streak to 14
With a few different area teams currently on impressive win streaks, Eudora’s girls basketball team stands above the rest.
EHS (16-2, No. 4 in Class 4A) has now won 14 games in a row following a 57-33 win over Louisburg on Tuesday night. The Cardinals, who haven’t lost since Dec. 11, are still listed as the No. 1 team in the Class 4A East bracket with three games remaining in the regular season.
For comparison, Lawrence High’s boys basketball squad has recorded 11 consecutive wins and the Bishop Seabury boys has nine-straight victories.
In the nightcap, EHS boys dropped a 64-50 decision to Louisburg. The Cardinals are now 8-9 on the year.