By: J. Long
Am I the only one surprised that Dodge City beat Maize on Thursday? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Dodge is a good team. But with all the talent Maize has, it was easy to believe it would walk into the state tournament undefeated.
Even with the loss, I think Maize will reach the state final. The loss will make them hungrier. But it could work in favor of their opponents as well. I think the loss will give confidence to other teams that could see Maize in the regionals.
Speaking of 6A teams, what do you think about Southeast or East? I think that Southeast has the better chance of the two because it has a very tough defense. East will also have a chance, but will depend more on its offense.
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In Class 5A, Newton and Hutchinson will be tough to beat. Both teams played Maize tough. The key, for both teams, will be finding consistent scoring.
In Class 4-1A, Rose Hill has a really good chance of advancing to the title game. The Rockets are very active on defense and the Rockets make the most of their scoring chances. Trinity has a shot at advancing to the state tournament, but I’m not sure that it has the offense to make a run deep into the playoffs.
Regional pairings come out Saturday, with regional play beginning Monday.