Area basketball roundup: Behind balanced attack, Bishop Seabury boys extend win streak to 10 games
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A balanced attack helped Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team grab an 83-37 win over Heritage Christian Academy on Tuesday night — its 10th consecutive win.
Five players reached double figures for the Seahawks. Bishop Seabury, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 25, now has one game remaining in the regular season.
Sophomore forward Joao Carlos Ramirez led the Seahawks (17-2, No. 1 in Class 2A) with 22 points. Junior guard Zach Bloch finished with 19 points. Senior forward Luke Hornberger posted 16 points, and Stavian Jones and Cobe Green finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“Zach and Cobe did a good job attacking the basket and putting pressure on their defense,” BSA head coach Jonathan Raney said. “I also thought (Ramirez) and Luke gave us a good interior presence.”
Heritage Christian was within striking distance in the first quarter. Despite playing with good energy early on, the Seahawks only had a 15-13 advantage at the end of the opening period. But BSA pulled away with a 24-point outburst in the second quarter. The Seahawks then removed any doubt by scoring 29 points in the third frame.
BSA will travel to Pembroke Hill on Thursday.
Heritage Christian 13 9 8 7 — 37
Bishop Seabury 15 24 29 15 — 83
Bishop Seabury (83)
Zach Bloch 19, Sam Bayliss 4, Stavian Jones 12, Cobe Green 10, Luke Hornberger 16, Joao Carlos Ramirez 22.
Eudora girls knock off Baldwin
In a rivalry matchup between Frontier League foes, Eudora’s girls basketball team cruised to a 46-29 win over Baldwin on Tuesday.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 21-6 advantage and never looked back. Both teams advanced to the Class 4A state tournament a year ago, but Eudora won both of this year’s meetings with Baldwin in convincing fashion.
Riley Hiebert and Harper Schreiner each finished with 15 points for Eudora (18-1, No. 3 in Class 4A). Nikki Morgan led Baldwin (14-5, No. 7 in Class 4A) with 9 points.
EHS has now won 16 games in a row, but it will face its toughest test in the regular-season finale on Friday. The Cardinals will square off with Kansas City Piper (17-2, No. 2 in Class 4A) in a rematch from Dec. 11, when Piper claimed a 36-26 win.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Eudora’s boys basketball team recorded a 64-52 win over Baldwin. The Eudora boys are now 9-10, and the Bulldogs fell to 3-15.
Both Baldwin basketball squads will travel to Bonner Spring on Friday.
Baldwin girls 6 12 7 4 — 29
Eudora 21 5 12 8 — 46
Karly Neufeld 3, Josie Boyle 6, Jenna Harvey 6, Riley Smith 5, Nikki Morgan 9.
Reagan Hiebert 3, Riley Hiebert 15, Jayla Pierce 8, Harper Schreiner 15, Emma Durr 5.
Veritas boys fall to Wichita Defenders
In the final game before the state tournament, the Veritas boys basketball team suffered a 89-47 loss to the Wichita Defenders on Tuesday.
Veritas (9-15) faced a 26-11 deficit in the first quarter and gave up 33 points in the second period. The Eagles were held to a total of 15 points in the second half. Will Rau led the team with 22 points, and Will Bartkoski finished with 20 points.
Veritas will face St. Mary’s in the opening round of the KCAA state tournament on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Veritas 11 21 9 6 — 47
Wichita Defenders 26 33 12 18 — 89
Will Rau 22, Will Bartkoski 20, Aden-Jay Baker 2, Calvin Clements 3
Tonganoxie boys top Atchison
In the final game of the regular season, Tonganoxie’s boys basketball team took down Atchison for a 56-39 home win.
The Chieftains scored double digits in all four periods, including 19 points in the third quarter. Atchison scored 13 points in the first half. THS (11-9) awaits its postseason fate, with sub-state seedings for Class 4A being revealed on Saturday.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Tonganoxie’s girls basketball team dropped a 45-43 decision to Atchison. The Chieftains (3-17) are currently the No. 15 seed in the Class 4A East division.
THS boys 12 11 19 14 — 56
Atchison 7 6 10 16 — 39
Sub-state brackets released for Class 2A and Class 3A
On Wednesday, sub-state brackets were released for a few area squads, and Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team is the No. 1 seed in its bracket.
As a result, the Seahawks will host the opening round at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Their opponent will be the winner of Kansas City Christian (6-14) and Heritage Christian Academy (5-15). After the play-in game, there will be eight teams in the sub-state bracket. The winner will earn a trip to the Class 2A state tournament.
Bishop Seabury will have to win three games, including two at Lyndon High School, to return to the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Perry-Lecompton’s boys basketball squad (14-6) will be the No. 4 seed in its Class 3A sub-state bracket. The Kaws, who have been to the state tourney in back-to-back years, will play host to Jefferson West (12-8) at 7 p.m. Monday. Royal Valley (19-1) is the host of this region and is the No. 1 seed.
On the girls side, PLHS (10-10) is the fifth seed out of eight teams. Perry-Lecompton will travel to Silver Lake (10-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Royal Valley is the host of the next two rounds, though Riley County (19-0) is the No. 1 seed in the sub-state bracket.