Wabaunsee rallied from an 11-point deficit but ultimately fell short as the Central Plains girls won the Class 2A state title on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.
Sacred Heart defeated St. John to win the boys’ championship game.
The Chargers went into the fourth quarter down 11 before going on a 7-2 run to cut the Central Plains lead down to six points. Wabaunsee pulled within five before Central Plains finished the game on a 10-3 run, much of that coming at the foul line, to close the game out and win, 60-48.
Wabaunsee struggled at times with 16 turnovers, but turned up its own defense to force 21 on the other end. The Mustangs got a gamehigh 21-point performance from Karsen Schultz. Abby Oliver added 13.
Central Plains had a trio of players in double figures. Emily Ryan and Kylee Kasselman each scored 18. Janae Ryan scored 14 and made four 3-pointers.
Meade defeated Valley Falls in the girls’ consolation game to claim third place.
Sacred Heart built an early lead in the boys’ title game and then held on to beat St. John, 59-51.
Sacred Heart opened the game to an 11-7 lead after the first quarter, and then extended the advantage to 23-14 at halftime. The Tigers struggled to keep up with Sacred Heart from the field, with just four field goals in the first half, but rebounding kept St. John in the game.
St. John stared chipping away at the lead in the third quarter, and then pulled within two early in the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart led by four with 4:43 to play, and then closed the game out by making free throws down the stretch.
Bishop Seabury defeated Hoxie in the consolation game to take third in the boys’ bracket.