Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys and Baldwin girls advance to state tournament
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Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team is headed back to the Class 2A state tournament.
The Seahawks, who have been ranked No. 1 all year, took care of business with a 59-36 win over Lyndon in the sub-state championship game Saturday night at Lyndon High School. It marks Bishop Seabury’s fifth trip to the state tournament, including its second appearance in a row.
“Just proud once again to go on the road and beat a young, talented and well-coached Lyndon team,” BSA head coach Jonathan Raney said. “It wasn’t near as easy as the final score may indicate. They made us work especially early on and we earned this.”
The Seahawks set the tone with their effort on the defensive end. Senior Luke Hornberger limited Lyndon’s prolific post presence. Zach Bloch, Stavian Jones and Cobe Green provided strong perimeter defense as well.
Sophomore Joao Carlos Ramirez came alive when his team needed him the most, leading the way with 26 points on the offensive end. Green, Bloch and Jones all reached double figures for the Seahawks.
Last season, BSA was eliminated in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament at Fort Hays State University. This year’s event will return to Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan after a one-year hiatus.
Bishop Seabury (21-2) is on a 14-game win streak entering the final week of the season, including three postseason victories in its sub-state bracket. The last two wins took place at Lyndon High School.
In the sub-state semifinals, which took place Friday night, Bishop Seabury earned a 79-54 win over Mission Valley. Jones led the way with a 32-point performance, while Bloch finished with 23 points.
Sub-state championship game
Bishop Seabury 15 20 15 8 — 59
Lyndon 8 14 6 8 — 36
Bishop Seabury (59)
Zach Bloch 11, Stavian Jones 10, Cobe Green 12, Joao Carlos Ramirez 26
Bishop Seabury 12 26 19 22 — 79
Mission Valley 12 15 14 13 — 54
Bishop Seabury (79)
Zach Bloch 23, Stavian Jones 32, Cobe Green 13 Luke Hornberger 4, Joao Carlos Ramirez 7.
Baldwin girls notch another state berth
Despite being the No. 5 seed and having to travel for the sub-state title game, Baldwin’s girls basketball team is headed back to the Class 4A state tournament.
The Bulldogs recorded a 44-32 win over No. 4 Labette County on Friday night in the sub-state championship game. Baldwin’s effort in the third quarter proved to be the difference, as the visitors posted a 14-2 advantage in the third period.
It is the third year in a row that Baldwin has advanced to the state tournament. BHS now has notched 14 state berths in program history, which includes an impressive five such trips over the last six seasons.
In the sub-state final, Baldwin had two players reach double figures. Sophomore Riley Smith led the way with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting, thanks to a 3 of 4 clip from long range. Senior Anna Burnett added 10 points on a 4-for-9 effort from the floor. Senior Josie Boyle finished with seven rebounds.
Eudora, Kansas City-Piper, Bishop Miege and Baldwin are the sub-state champions in the Class 4A East division. Nickerson, Buhler, Clay Center Community and Chapman won their respective sub-state brackets in Class 4A West.
Baldwin 6 6 14 18 — 44
Labette County 8 5 2 17 — 32
Karly Neufeld 7, Josie Boyle 5, Anna Burnett 10, Lauren Russell 2, Jenna Harvey 4, Riley Smith 15, Nikki Morgan 1.
Eudora boys, THS boys fall in sub-state final
Both Eudora and Tonganoxie boys basketball programs came up on the wrong end of their respective sub-state title games.
Eudora dropped a 43-34 decision to Parsons, which was the top seed in the Class 4A East division. EHS, which earned a 64-57 win over Girard in the sub-state semifinals, finished the year with a 10-12 overall record.
No. 6 Tonganoxie suffered a 82-53 road loss to No. 3 Bishop Miege in the sub-state final on Saturday. THS finished the year with a 12-10 clip, which included a 55-53 win over No. 11 Paola in the sub-state semifinals Wednesday.
Parsons, Piper, Bishop Miege, and Ottawa all made it to the Class 4A state tournament out of the East division. Augusta, Andale, Rose Hill and Buhler earned state berths from Class 4A West.