At Centralia, the Hanover Wildcats (14-6) used a strong third quarter to build a lead nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter against Valley Heights (14-8) in the semifinals of the Centralia sub-state on Friday. The Mustangs were not able to mount a comeback in the final quarter, ending their season with a 53-40 loss to Hanover.
Charles Musil scored eight points for Valley Heights, while Cody Nieman paced Hanover with a game-high 18 points.
AXTELL 71, FRANKFORT 49
At Baileyville, Frankfort (13-8) kept the game within arm’s reach in the first half against Axtell (14-8), but couldn’t keep pace in the final two quarters, as the Eagles outscored the Wildcats by nine in the third quarter and six in the fourth to pull away and earn a berth in the final against host Baileyville B&B.
Frankfort was led by Alex Surdez’s 18 points, while Calahan Brown chipped in 17. Payton Heinen led Axtell with 33 points.
WAMEGO 56, HAYDEN 42
At Hayden, the top-seeded Red Raiders (21-1) pulled away in the second half against host Hayden (16-5) in Friday night’s sub-state semifinal, earning a chance to play second-seeded with a trip to state on the line. Wamego outscored Hayden by five in the third quarter and 10 in a hot-shooting fourth to win comfortably.
Kaylee Page had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Lanie Page chipped in 10 points. Sarah Pimentel and Shannon Strecker each had 11 for Hayden.
VALLEY HEIGHTS 53, CENTRALIA 44
At Centralia, Valley Heights (17-4) got past host Centralia (7-15) with an up-and-down game, taking a 17-8 lead in the first only to hand it all back as Centralia evened the score at 20 by halftime. In the third quarter, the Mustangs outscored the Panthers by five to give themselves a lead they would not relinquish, ending Centralia’s season, while pitting the Mustangs against Hanover for a trip to state.
Sidney Blackburn led Valley Heights with 20 points, while Brandi Roepke added 16. Kaitlyn Koch led Centralia with 14 points.