At Topeka Hayden, the Red Raiders (18-4) managed to advance past upset-minded Royal Valley (10-12) on Thursday, 51-35, earning a game against Highland Park on Saturday in the Hayden sub-state championship game.
Royal Valley, who knocked off Rock Creek on Wednesday, managed to take a two-point lead to halftime, but Wamego outscored the Panthers by six in the third quarter before pouring it on in the final period, outscoring Royal Valley 18-6 the rest of the way.
Marshall Wethington led Wamego with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyler Alderson scored 13 points.
Tipoff for Saturday’s championship game is set for 7:30 p.m.
VALLEY HEIGHTS 48, BLUE VALLEY 38
At Centralia, Valley Heights (14-7) used a strong second quarter to build a 20-14 halftime lead against Blue Valley (2-18) in the opening round game at the Centralia sub-state.
The Mustangs added to their lead in each of the final two quarters, but could never quite shake the Rams, who kept the game close most of the way. Valley Heights made 10 of 16 free throws in the fourth to close out the victory.
Valley Heights was led by Derek Trimble’s 12 points, with Charles Musil adding nine points. Blue Valley got 12 points from Bobby O’Neill and 10 from Levi Peter.
The Mustangs advance to tonight’s game against second-seeded Hanover at 7:30. Should they win, they’d play in Saturday’s championship at 7:30 p.m., with all games at Centralia.
WETMORE 69, FRANKFORT 52
At Baileyville, Wetmore (13-8) used a strong first half to pull away from Frankfort in the Baileyville B&B sub-state, leading 21-14 after the first quarter and leading 40-22 at halftime. The Wildcats (12-8) couldn’t make up the deficit in the second half, ending their season.
Jessa Jones led Frankfort with 20 points, including three 3-pointers, while Josie Hale added 15. Jordan Evans led Wetmore with 17 points.
LINN 53, BLUE VALLEY 46
At Centralia, Blue Valley (3-18) took a one-point lead to halftime, but struggled in the third quarter, as Linn (10-10) outscored the Rams 21-6 to take a big lead heading into the fourth. Blue Valley did its best to make things interesting in the end, knocking down four 3s in the final period, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Brittany Pfaff led Blue Valley with 14 points, including three 3s, while Tiffany Shaheen chipped in 13 points and three 3s of her own. Nicole Ohlde scored a game-high 21 points for Linn, which closed out the game 2 of 10 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.