By Joanna Chadwick
Thursday’s state semifinals
Campus will play BV North in Saturday’s championship game.
Campus 42, Free State 37
Campus with a 10-9 lead over Free State after one. Stevie Strong hit two straight deep threes.
Free State goes into the break with a 21-20 lead over Campus. Both Strong and Sterling Chapman have six points for Campus.
Both teams are a little cold offensively — Free State is 9 of 23, Campus 9 of 22 from the field.
After Free State turned it over in the final 10 seconds of the third quarter, Campus gets a basket to get within 31-30 heading into the final period.
The Colts took the 32-31 lead at the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter after a Chapman steal and dunk.
Campus slowed the game way down in the fourth quarter, with multiple 90-second possessions.
Free State struggled from the free-throw line, hitting 4 of 14 free throws, while Campus — especially Chapman — couldn’t miss.
Chapman scored a game-high 20 points, hitting 6 of 6 from the free-throw line and finishing with 11 rebounds and three steals. Campus was 8 of 8 from the line.
Strong scored 10.
Mozae Downing finished with 10 points to lead Free State.
Blue Valley North 71, Lawrence 63
BV North went on a 14-0 run to take an 18-5 lead in the first quarter before taking a 40-22 lead at the half. Three players were in double figures at halftime — Issac Patterson, Andrew Orr and Kernan Bundy.
Lawrence’s Zeke Mayo, who had eight first-half points, finished with 41, scoring 29 in the fourth quarter.
Patterson finished with 22 points for BV North, while Orr had 17 and Bundy 12.
Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game will be St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Andover Central
Aquinas 64, Lansing 44
St. Thomas Aquinas had a 30-16 lead over Lansing at the half.
Beatrice Culliton led Aquinas with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lansing was led by Kamry Farris, who had 14 points, and Skylar Weaver 11.
Andover Central 65, Salina Central 56
Salina Central, led by Mykayla Cunningham and Aubrie Kierscht, came out hot offensively. Andover Central struggled to score, though. As Salina Central had a 6-0 run early in the third, Andover Central was 1 of 14 from three-point range and trailed the Mustangs 34-19.
Andover Central went on a 13-3 run in the third quarter and got to within 42-37.
With six minutes remaining, Andover Central cut Salina Central’s lead to 44-43 after Ellie Stearns got a steal and Brittany Harshaw scored on the layup.
Andover Central took its first lead at 45-44 with five minutes to go.
Mykayla Cunningham finished with 16 points.
Andover Central outscored Salina Central 41-17 over the final 12 minutes.
Harshaw scored 23 points, including 16 in the second half. Bailey Wilborn added 15, and Maddie Amekporfor had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kierscht led Salina Central with 21 points and Samilton had 13.
Louisburg will play Bishop Miege in Saturday’s championship game.
Louisburg 58, Augusta 55
After one quarter, Louisburg led Augusta 18-11.
By the half, Augusta had cut into that lead a bit, getting to within 31-27.
Augusta takes the lead 35-33 midway through the third quarter.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the score was 41-all.
Julian Margrave led Louisburg with 23 points and had eight rebounds, hitting 9 of 15 field goals.Weston Guetterman had 21 points, four assists and six steals.
Kaden McDaniel led Augusta with 14 points and six rebounds, Ryan Andrews had 12 points and Xander Roberts 10.
Bishop Miege 78, McPherson 51
After trailing 40-20 at the half, McPherson opened the third quarter with an 11-5 run.
Mark Mitchell led Miege with 24 points, hitting 10 of 14 field goals, while teammate Taj Manning scored 16 points and Harrison Braudis had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jayten Alexander scored 16 points and Seth Madron had 14.
Cheney will play Sabetha in Saturday’s championship game.
Sabetha 57, Hugoton 55
Sabetha had a 12-10 lead over Hugoton after one and stretched it to 27-22 at the half.
Sabetha’s Leah Renyer hit the game-winner at the buzzer. She scored five points int eh final 10 seconds.
Cheney 62, Frontenac 46
Cheney used a 14-3 run in the second quarter, sparked by three straight three-pointers by Kylee Scheer, to take a 13-point lead. Cheney had started the game 0 of 7 from three, but then hit 4 of 10 in the second quarter, while Frontenac only hit 1 of 11 field goals in the second.
In the third quarter, Cheney had a 38-21 lead. But Frontenac went on an 8-3 run to get within 44-40 after three.
A Scheer layup with about three minutes to go gave Cheney the 52-42 lead.
Scheer finished with 23 points, including 11 in the second period.
Heather Arnett had 14 points to lead Frontenac.
Hillsboro will play Lyndon in Saturday’s championship game.
Hillsboro 51, Lyndon 45
At the half, Hillsboro had a 31-19 lead.
Grayson Ratzlaff scored 14 to lead Hillsboro and Brekyn Ratzlaff had 11.
Miles Kitselman scored 18 to lead Lyndon, while Luke Detwiler had 11.
Wabaunsee 73, Hoxie 56
It was Hoxie’s first loss of the season. Wabaunsee’s Eli Oliver scored 24 points, Tyler Lohmeyer had 22 and Brayden Meseke 12.
Class 1A-I girls
Olpe will play Norwich in Saturday’s title game.
Norwich 54, Doniphan West 49
Doniphan West took a 27-19 lead over Norwich at the half.
Olpe 38, Hodgeman County 21
Marley Heins led Olpe with 15 points.
Class 1A-II girls
Cunningham will play Central Plains for the championship on Saturday.
Cunningham 52, Beloit St. John’s-Tipton 31
Cunningham led Beloit St. John’s-Tipton 17-5 after one and 29-14 at the half.
Cunningham led 41-27 after three.
Cunningham’s Morgan Meyers scored 28, while Lauryn Dubbert had 18 for Beloit St. John’s-Tipton.
Central Plains 50, Golden Plains 39
Brynna Hammeke scored 25 points to lead Central Plains.