The Piper girls’ basketball won handily over Turner 60-30 on Friday evening. Senior Ryann Clark won the night, leading her team in scoring, and then being crowned courtwarming queen immediately after.
The Lady Pirates’ pressure defense hassled the Turner offense throughout the game, and at every pass it seemed like a Piper defender was already in position to prevent a clean dribble or pass.
The tough defense led to a series of layups from Clark and Sage Grann, especially in the second quarter when Piper turned up the defensive pressure even higher.
Jerzey Hanna was Turner’s main response to the pressure, playing through contact to earn six first-quarter free throw chances. Later in the game, Hanna connected from the perimeter on two three-pointers and a long two.
Even though Clark slipped away in the fourth quarter to change into her courtwarming dress, her 14 points paced the Lady Pirates, with Grann right behind at 13.
Avary Vallejo hit three first-half shots behind the arc for nine points, and Lauren Marron also scored nine.
Hanna totalled 14 points in the game for the Lady Bears, with Arylne Carrillo and Damarys Nieto each adding six.
The courtwarming coronation took place after the game. Alongside Clark, senior boys’ basketball player Terelle Berry was crowned courtwarming king.
The Lady Pirates improved their season record to 13-5 with just two home games remaining, facing Topeka West on Tuesday and Shawnee Heights on Friday.
Turner stands at 1-14 for the season, with a January win against Washington in the plus column. The Lady Bears will play at Basehor-Linwood on Valentine’s Day.
After nearly hanging a hundred points on the Maranatha Eagles in their last match-up, the Bishop Ward Cyclones got a much more spirited contest when they traveled to Maranatha on Friday, winning 61-43.
The Cyclones raced out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead, with pressure defense and good inside shooting from Jeremyah Greer and Immanuel Campbell.
The Eagles made a second-quarter comeback, holding the visitors to just seven points in the quarter. Maranatha had consecutive baskets late in the half to get the lead down to single digits, but a Ward timeout set up a three-pointer from Dustin Rector to keep the Eagles at arm’s length.
The Eagles kept the pressure on in the third quarter. Colton Williams hit two three-pointers and brought the lead down to six late in the quarter. As the clock ran out, Campbell hit a twisting put-back to send the game to the final frame with a 43-35 score.
The Eagles’ late outside attempts refused to fall, and six Cyclones scored a combined 16 points to pull away in the fourth quarter to the 61-43 final tally.
Campbell led the Cyclones with 18 points in the game, and Greer totaled 15. Rector scored 8 points, including two key three-pointers to hold off the Eagles’ challenge in the second and third quarters.
The win improves the Cyclones’ already-impressive season record to 13-2. The team’s next contest is at home against Lawrence’s Bishop Seabury Academy on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m.
A family feud decided the standings at the Frontier League girls’ wrestling tournament Wednesday evening at Bonner Springs.
Bonner standout Olivia Stean pinned her cousin, Tonganoxie sophomore Grace Stean, in the final match of the 170-pound weight class. Grace got an early takedown, but Olivia roared back for a pin with thirty seconds left in the first period.
The win pushed the Braves a slim half-point ahead of the Chieftains into second place to settle what had been a back-and-forth battle among four teams for second place behind runaway winner Baldwin.
Olivia Stean also hit the century mark for high school wins, earning her hundredth with a pin of Spring Hill’s Cali Claar early in the tournament. Stean is now 32-0 for the 2022-2023 season.
Bonner’s Jenna Knight won the title in the 115-pound class, pinning Ottawa’s Brooklyn Soman in the final after outlasting Eudora’s Kayleigh Miller in a 7-3 decision in the semifinal.
Bianca Keith placed second in the 155-pound class, while Kylie Enriquez (120), Neveah Brown (135), and Aaryn Krebs (235) earned third place in their classes. Brown won her third-place match with a takedown of Eudora’s Madelynn Arnold in sudden-victory (overtime).
The Braves’ wrestlers are looking ahead to their regional tournament in Topeka on Feb. 11 with the opportunity to win a spot at the state tournament in Wichita.
Baldwin 186.0 Bonner Springs 144.5 Tonganoxie 144.0 Paola 139.5 Spring Hill 137.0 Eudora 108.0 Ottawa 47.0