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No. 7 Holton (17-6)
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It's been a year of milestones for the Wildcats as they won their first league title since 1997 and are making their first state appearance since 1990. Holton heads into its quarterfinal game on a 10-game winning streak. Only one player scores in double figures for the Wildcats — 6-4 forward Taylor Smith (12 ppg), who also leads the team in rebounding with six a game.
No. 2 Ottawa (20-3)
The Cyclones have four players scoring in double figures — 6-5 freshman Semi Ojeleye (14), 6-2 senior Kevin Barber (13), 6-3 senior Corbin Goedert (12) and 5-11 junior Adam Hasty (12). In its last 10 games, Ottawa has held its opponents to below 50 percent shooting. The Cyclones are making their third straight trip to the state tournament.
No. 6 Nickerson (17-6)
After making the sub-state final three other times in the last six seasons, the Panthers are back at the state tournament for the first time since 1994. Nickerson is the only team in the field that has defeated top-seeded Pratt. The Panthers are the most successful when they get the ball to post players Troy Smith (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Braden Thompson (16 points, 6 rebounds).
No. 3 Coffeyville (19-3)
The Golden Tornado has the highest-scoring player in the tournament, with 5-11 junior point guard Cameron Craig averaging more than 22 points. Also leading Coffeyville is 6-3 forward Ethan Cordray, who is averaging 18 points. Despite starting four players 6-4 or taller, most of the Coffeyville players are on the perimeter.
No. 8 Circle (14-9)
Junior center Jordan Phillips leads the Thunderbirds in scoring (14) and rebounding (11). The one thing Circle doesn't do often is shoot from behind the three-point line — it has made 42 all season. The Thunderbirds held their last four opponents under 40 points, including 21 points to Kingman.
No. 1 Pratt (21-2)
In the previous four seasons, Pratt won a total of 14 games, including a winless season. The Greenbacks are in their first trip to state since 1992; their last sub-state title game was in 1998. Pratt's top two players are Matt and Micah Swank, coach David Swank's sons. Micah averages 14.8 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 steals, Matt averages 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists, and senior Skylar Angood averages 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
No. 5 Topeka Hayden (18-5)
This is the third straight season the Wildcats have qualified for the state tournament and they were champions in 2008. Their three leading scorers are guards Kurt Walker (13 points), Michael Johnson (11) and Collin Strobel (10). Johnson and Kyle Beck have combined to make 55 three-point shots.
No. 4 KC Sumner (19-4)
Sumner uses its athleticism to pressure opponents and then create easy scoring opportunities. Leading the Sabres in scoring is Reese Holliday, who has committed to play at Wisconsin-Green Bay next season. He is the second all-time scorer in Sumner history with 1,346 career points.
Nickerson-Coffeyville winner vs. Holton-Ottawa winner, 4:45 p.m.
Hayden-Sumner winner vs. Circle-Pratt winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
The Eagle's picks
Joanna Chadwick: KC Sumner over Ottawa
Jeffrey Lutz: Pratt over Coffeyville