FLUSH — Some stagnant offense and a big game from Rossville’s Taylor Kirk helped spell defeat for the shorthanded Rock Creek girls’ basketball team as they dropped a 47-37 decision to the Bulldogs Thursday night.
As tough a schedule as Manhattan High has wrestled, and as many tough weekend tournaments they’ve competed in this season, head coach Robert Gonzales knows this is the one that counts.
Taking a long season one game at a time is one of the most popular sports clichés of all time, but more often than not, it’s difficult to do.
Manhattan High boys’ co-interim coach Benji George told the team to prepare for Tuesday’s game against Hayden as if it would come down to the final possession.
At Marysville, the Wamego girls’ baskeball team never quite found the dagger against Marysville Tuesday night, but the Red Raiders managed to win every quarter in what turned into a 17-point win in the end.
At Axtell, the Mustangs continued its strong finish to the regular season with a rout of Axtell that was never close to wrap up a Twin Valley League title.
At Randolph, Baileyville B&B took a 39-15 halftime lead and led 43-23 heading into the fourth quarter to score a comfortable road win Tuesday night.
At Frankfort, the Wildcats played Linn close all night, but couldn’t quite turn the corner, trailing by six at halftime before an even third quarter and a tight fourth.
At Marysville, the Red Raiders took a 14-point lead to halftime and managed to win every quarter in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against the Bulldogs.
At Axtell, Valley Heights was able to keep Axtell at arm’s length and win comfortably on the road Tuesday night behind 21 points from Charles Musil and 18 from Gage Woodyard to win the Twin Valley League title a game ahead of Hanover, which beat Centralia in overtime to secure second place.
At Randolph, Baileyville B&B blanked the Rams in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead, but Blue Valley cut the deficit to four by halftime.
At Frankfort, the Wildcats hung tough with Linn Tuesday night, but narrowly lost each quarter to come up short.
At Centralia, Rock Creek faced a 12-point deficit after the first quarter but turned things around in the second quarter against Centralia, pulling within five points.
At Randolph, Valley Heights dominated Blue Valley from the opening tip, taking a 46-10 lead to halftime before calling off the dogs in the second half in a makeup game.
At Centralia, the Mustangs led by four at halftime against Centralia in a makeup contest, but pulled away in the second half behind a monster night from Ryan Schneider, who had 31 points, including six 3’s, with Nate Berard adding 15 points, Carson Becker scoring 14 and Jared Garcia chipping in 10.
At Randolph, Valley Heights got a tough game on the road from Blue Valley, taking a seven-point lead to halftime but only leading by three heading into the fourth quarter as the Rams kept it close all night.
In its final tuneup before regionals on Friday in Topeka, the Manhattan High bowling teams competed Tuesday at Junction City in a four-team event.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team’s rally fell short in the fourth quarter, as Hayden held on for a 63-61 win Tuesday night.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team took a 20-point lead to halftime and held on against Hayden’s multiple rally attempts to win 49-37 Tuesday night and stay undefeated in Centennial League play.
Three teams, one spot.
The Wamego girls’ basketball team continues to pull down the top spot in the Class 4A Division I state rankings, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
The Manhattan Christian College women’s basketball team won two games this past weekend to capture the Midwest Christian College Tournament in Moberly, Mo.
The Blue Valley Business Professionals of America, athletic department and booster club will be hosting the 14th Annual Youth 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 15 at Blue Valley High School.
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