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MCPHERSON: Olathe South edges Bullpups for championship

McPHERSON — Casyn Buchman faked right and turned up the court, leaving Olathe South's Natalie Knight out of position. Katelyn Loeker placed the pass perfectly over Buchmans' shoulder and McPherson's most athletic player raced down the court, glancing up at the scoreboard to see the final seconds ticking off the clock.

She pulled up at the three-point line because her trailed 63-60. It only seemed fitting that Buchman (19 points, 3 of 4 three-pointers) would take the final shot, or at least that's what McPherson coach Chris Strathman wanted Olathe South to think.

Loeker was the trailer and was left unguarded at three-point line. She took the final shot. It was on line but hit the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded. Olathe South won the Mid America Classic 63-60.

Strathman "drew it up on the board," Loecker said. "If we didn't execute we wouldn't have a chance to win. We didn't make the last shot, but all you can do is try."

It was the shot Loecker (20 points) wanted. The 6-foot post player surprised Olathe South by stepping out behind the line and making a three with 7.7 seconds left to cut McPherson's deficit to 61-60. Olathe South's Natalie Night (21 points) made two free throws to extend her team's lead. Night was 6 for 6 from the foul line in the final 40 seconds. Megan Balcom (19 points) also had a big night for the Falcons, scoring 16 points in a six-minute span of the third and fourth quarters.

"Knight and Balcom are tough," Strathman said. "But if we would have ended up on top it would have been the same thing. Buchman and Loecker beat them. We didn't come out on top tonight but it was more than just their two players and our two players. Everybody played well."

Olathe South's Bailey Rinehart presented matchup problems for McPherson in the first half and played a key role in the Falcons' 32-28 halftime lead. Rinehart had four inches on McPherson 5-foot-4 point guard Tanner Hein and was able to muscle some baskets up in the paint. Rinehart had 11 first-half points while Hein picked up her third foul with 2:16 left in the first half.

Olathe South (12-0), the reigning Class 6A champion and No. 2 team in the state, is on a 17-game winning streak. No. 6 McPherson (11-2) hadn't lost since a season-opening loss to No. 7 Salina South.

Olathe South (12-0) 20 12 12 19—63 McPherson (11-2) 16 12 11 21—60

OLATHE SOUTH: Balcom 19, Hugo 5, Knight 21, Rinehart 12, Mgbike 6. Totals 21 (7) 14-17 63.

McPHERSON: Loving 3, Hein 8, Buchman 19, Pedersen 2, Gaeddert 8, Loecker 20. Totals 21 (7) 11-12 60.

Goddard 40, Beloit 33 —Goddard displayed lock-down defense to take third place. Ashley Foss had a team-high 11 points.

Goddard entered the fourth quarter with a 31-30 lead, and was finally able to contain Beloit's Bailey Brown(17 first-half points). The Lions held Beloit scoreless until the final second.

Goddard (10-4) 12 8 10 9 — 40 Beloit (6-6) 16 9 5 3 — 33

GODDARD: Lee 2, Foss 11, Rausch 7, Zoglman 5, Lindsay 7, Puthoff 8. Totals 16 (5) 3-5 40.

BELOIT: E. Mealiff 1, Brown 17, Engelbert 9, K. Mealiff 6. Totals 13 (3) 4-6 33.

Hays 32, Andale 26 — Hays outscored Andale 21-10 in the second half of the fifth-place game.

Paige Lundsford (11 points) made a three-point play with 1:12 left in the game to give Hays a 26-23 lead. Then Lindsey Schmeidler hit a layup, made two free throws and grabbed two crucial rebounds to put the game out of reach.

Kelsey Martin had a team-high eight points for Andale.

Hays (5-7) 6 7 10 11 — 32 Andale (7-4) 6 10 2 8 — 26

HAYS: Lundsford 11, Pfeifer 5, Gagnon 6, Pfannenstiel 2, Ashworth 2, Schmeidler 6. Totals 13 (1) 5-12 32.

ANDALE: Martin 8, Orth 3, Blasi 3, Hein 2, Macari 6, Ast 4. Totals 10 (1) 5-8 26.

Valley Center 37, Buhler 34 — Valley Center held off a late surge by Buhler in the fourth quarter to take seventh place. Morgan Wedekind scored 11 points and hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute. Bridget Winter had a team-high nine points for Buhler.

Valley Center (4-9) 10 11 7 9 — 37 Buhler (5-7) 11 9 5 9 — 34

VALLEY CENTER: Ma. Wedekind 10, Mo. Wedekind 11, Williams 2, McCormick 12, Coleman 2. Totals 13 (3) 8-10 37.

BUHLER: Sasse 6, Winter 9, Patterson 2, Goertzen 4, Dunning 3, Walton 3, Torgerson 1, Woodard 6. Totals 12 (6) 4-6 34.

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