Congratulations to the Wamego girls’ basketball team, which on Saturday won its first state championship.
The 4A title game, appropriately, was against McPherson, the defending state champions, and Wamego prevailed 60-53. To earn the berth in the championship game, Wamego, the No. 1 seed, knocked off Fort Scott, 63-46, in the semifinal after taking care of Pratt, 54-36, in the first round.
So powerful were the Wamego girls this season that their lone loss, to Hillsboro in January, was by just one point, 51-50.
Plenty has been written all season about Wamego’s stars, Kaylee and Lanie Page, the daughters of Wamego’s coach, Jim Page. Blessed with considerable talent to go with their height — they’re both listed at 6-2 — they have earned the plaudits with their play. But they couldn’t have won the title — or any other games — by themselves. In the championship game, in fact, two of their teammates — starters Rikki Alderson and Lakyn Rowden — were the last Wamego players to score. Allison Seufert, an integral part of the team all season, was Wamego’s fifth starter.
Other team members were Rachel Griffitt, Katie Baker, Jennifer Griffitt, Alexis Pettay, Kasey Holle, Brooke Woodward and Madeline Vontz.
We hope all of the players enjoy their moment as state champions. They’ve done something no other Wamego girls basketball team — and just one boys team (1968) — has done. Again, congratulations on a memorable season.