by TAYLOR ELDRIDGE
Caught up with Francis Bias, the coach of the summer basketball team the Wichita Bearcats, earlier this afternoon. The team has been Wichita’s top summer basketball team for high school girls and has featured plenty of notable alumni, such as Julia Marshall (Boise State), Lindsey Keller (Oklahoma State), Kelsey Sorenson (Fort Hays State), Megan Cook (Rockhurst), Jessica Futo (Denver), Joanna McFarland (Oklahoma) and Katie Porter (Friends).
This summer’s team is sure to add to that list, with Tiffany Bias (Andover Central) and Ashia Woods (Collegiate) head-lining the team. Jamillah Bonner (Southeast) has also gained some exposure this summer with her pure athleticism at the guard position.
Other members of the team are: Dany Anderson (Wellington), Whitney Bates (Rose Hill), Kylie Cooper (Andover), Kyrstie Ehm (Rose Hill), Kamri Phox (Collegiate), Kjia Hart (Goddard), K.T. Tennyson (Andover Central) and Kelsey Webber (Rose Hill).
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Earlier this summer the team traveled to Portland, Ore. to compete in the End of the Trail tournament in the Silver bracket that had 32 teams. Wichita defeated its first round opponent from Santa Barbara, then lost to the Cal Stars Elite. The Bearcats worked their way through the loser’s bracket by beating teams from California, Colorado and then Arizona to take 6th place in the bracket. Tiffany Bias and Jamillah Bonner were named to the National Division’s All-Tournament team.
Next up was a trip to Nashville, Tenn. for the Music City Madness tournament in the Platinum bracket that had 32 teams. Wichita defeated teams from Arkansas, California, Tennessee and Utah to reach the bracket’s finals and the tournament’s final four. Wichita lost to eventual tournament champion Cal Swish Black, but finished second in the tournament of over 80 teams. Tiffany Bias was named the team’s MVP and Kelsey Webber and Ashia Woods were named to the National Division’s All-Tournament team.
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