NEWTON — The night before, Andover Central coach Stana Jefferson mulled what defense to run against Bishop Miege in the title game of the Newton girls basketball tournament. Should she go with a zone defense to try and shut down Miege's Adrianna Maurer (6-foot-3) and Shandelyn Stewart (6-foot)?
It was a good idea, since Miege had the clear advantage in the post because Andover Central's tallest player is 5-9.
Jefferson also considered man-to-man defense, using the Jaguars' quickness across the board to tire out Miege.
Ultimately, she chose the latter, and it's what worked as Andover Central, No. 3 in the state, defeated Miege 48-38 to improve to 13-0. Miege (9-3) is No. 5 overall.
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"We outlasted them, we wore them down," Jefferson said. "We were going a little faster than them and a little harder."
"Of course they have the size, but our quickness, we picked it up," said Andover Central senior Tiffany Bias, who finished with 16 points and five steals. "They're more of a slow-pace team, so we tried to pick up the tempo, do our fastbreaks. We tried to make the post people come over and then we could dish to (teammates) on the block."
The Jaguars executed that perfectly late in the second quarter when Bias drove to the basket on the left side. Two Miege players, including Maurer, came over to double-team Bias, who dumped it to Kenzie Harding for the easy lay-in.
"We always work on that," Bias said. "That's what that play is designed for."
It was the Jaguars' most effective play as they shot 37.8 percent.
Andover Central also had solid minutes from its post players. Cami Gee and Maddie Chapin finished with nine points apiece, while Harding had six. Brae Stiverson came off the bench for four rebounds.
Miege was led by Stewart's nine rebounds and 10 points, while Maurer had 15 points and seven rebounds.
"I was proud of our girls," Jefferson said. "I kept saying, 'Go hard, go hard.' And I thought defensively they stepped it up. We never really got anything going offensively, but defensively, if you can keep at it and play harder than the other team, then good things will happen."
While Miege coach Terry English gave credit to Andover Central, he was frustrated in the loss.
"We were there all night long," English said. "I don't know how many point-blank layups we missed all through the game. We were doing some things we wanted to offensively, we just weren't finishing. Defensively we held them to where we could win the game, but we just didn't get it done."
While Miege outrebounded Andover Central 34-27, the Stags committed 29 turnovers and shot 30.8 percent — including 1 of 12 from three. Their lone three came with 47 seconds remaining to cut Andover Central's lead to 42-36.
But Andover Central didn't play a perfect game. In the third quarter, the Jaguars had 11 turnovers and finished with 20.
"That was a very, very sloppy game," Jefferson said. "You can tell both teams came off tough, tough games (in the semifinals)."
Bishop Miege 4 11 6 17 — 38 Andover Central 8 13 8 19 — 48
BISHOP MIEGE: Stewart 10, Maurer 15, Hopper 4, Youngstrom 9. Totals 12 (1) 13-14 38.
ANDOVER CENTRAL: Gee 9, Chapin 9, Harding 6, Tennyson 6, Bias 16, Chamberlin 2. Totals 20 (2) 6-8 48.
Newton 61, Salina South 50 — Newton shot well from the field and the free-throw line and all nine players scored in the third-place win. Four were in double figures: Kate Lehman (14), Sadie Minkevitch (12), Laci McCartney (10) and Maddie Pendry (10).
But even with a double-digit lead most of the game, Newton was never able to completely put away Salina South.
"They're not a bad team," Newton coach Randy Jordan said, "so they're not going to go away.... Good teams just aren't going to go away."
Newton took a 25-13 lead at the half and was up by 10 heading into the final period. Salina South was able to get within nine three times, but that was it. Taylor Goodness led Salina South with 21 points.
The key was Newton never let up and kept its mistakes to a minimum. The Railers hit 5 of 8 from the field in the third quarter and McCartney hit a three-pointer. In the fourth quarter, Newton did it from the free-throw line, hitting 16 of 22, including 6 of 8 from Minkevitch and 4 of 5 from McCartney.
Newton 16 9 12 24 — 61 Salina South 6 7 14 23 — 50
NEWTON: Scott 3, Vogts 5, Lehman 14, Minkevitch 12, McCartney 10, Rangel 2, Pendry 10, McMullen 1, Hiebert 4. Totals 15 (4) 27-37 61.
SALINA SOUTH: Goodness 21, Thompson 4, Carey 4, Antenen 12, Haynes 3, Smith 3, Holloway 3. Totals 14 (3) 19-30 50.
Dodge City 63, Rose Hill 51 — Rose Hill committed 13 turnovers, missed 15 of 20 field goals and all four three-point attempts in the third quarter of a fifth-place loss.
Dodge City led 21-5 lead after the first quarter, when it hit 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 from three-point range. The Demons were 15 of 28 from the floor for the half and led 36-12 at the intermission.
"We were playing horrible, we couldn't take care of the ball, couldn't get a shot up, and they hit everything in the first half," Rose Hill coach Jenny Page said. "It wasn't a good combination."
The second half was a reversal for Rose Hill. The Rockets cut down their turnovers (only four), and shot better (13 of 31 from the floor, 8 of 16 from three).
In the 7th place game, Olathe Northwest defeated Garden City 47-43. MacKaela Carter had 21 points for Olathe Northwest.
Rose Hill 5 7 14 25 — 51 Dodge City 21 15 10 17 — 63
ROSE HILL: Webber 21, Rash 4, Lucas 8, Burnett 2, Bates 12, Justice 4. Totals 18 (8) 7-9 51.
DODGE CITY: Buckner 6, Ehrlich 15, Thompson 9, Briggs 8, Ortiz 22, Stephenson 3. Totals 25 (4) 9-14 63.