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Derby grad Joanna McFarland playing in the Final Four

Joanna McFarland will play in the women’s national semifinals at 6 tonight against Stanford. McFarland, who is only a freshman, was one of the best high school players I’ve seen. She was so dominant in the lane — scoring, rebounding defending. Just a fun player to watch.

She’s got a great family basketball tradition, too — older sisters Jessica played at Kansas State and Jackie at Colorado.

But she’s taken this tradition to a new level as the only McFarland to get to the Final Four. I know I’ll be watching this game intently and checking out a Wichita-area product.