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MULVANE: Southeast, Clearwater reach Mulvane final

MULVANE — The City League's leading scorer had two points in Southeast's 46-40 win over Wellington on Thursday night, and coach Latoya Randle is just fine with that.

Her team is showing growth. It doesn't have to rely on Jamillah Bonner's shooting to win tough games when it plays solid defense. Southeast (5-4) forced Wellington (9-3) into five fourth-quarter turnovers. Those led to eight points in transition and were part of a decisive 13-2 run for the Buffaloes.

"One thing that this team understands is that our defense is our offense," Randle said. "They understood that and knew that in crunch time they were going to have to step it up in the fourth quarter. They did not want to lose tonight. They don't like that feeling. They haven't liked it for four games now."

Southeast will play Clearwater at 7:15 p.m. Saturday for the championship. Wellington faces Mulvane at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for third place.

Wellington led most of the second and third quarters, but Southeast took the lead midway through the fourth. Jamisha Bonner's layup gave Southeast the lead, then another with 40 seconds left put Southeast ahead 45-37.

Southeast had a hard time guarding Wellington forward Dani Anderson. She had a game-high 15 points, scoring eight in the second quarter.

Wichita Southeast (5-4) 9 9 12 16 — 46 Wellington (9-3) 5 14 12 9 — 40

SOUTHEAST: Adams 2 1-2 5, Jamillah Bonner 1 0-2 2, Broadus 4 0-1 9, Maxwell 1 2-2 4, Thompson 2 1-2 5, Marshall 3 1-2 9, Montgomery 1 0-0 2, Jamisha Bonner 4 2-5 10. Totals 18 (3) 7-16 46.

WELLINGTON: Cornejo 2 2-3 8, Whaley 1 0-0 3, Amrein 0 0-3 0, Adams 4 1-3 9, Becker 2 1-5 5, Anderson 3 7-11 15. Totals 13 (3) 11-22 40.

Clearwater 42, Mulvane 38 — Clearwater, a team that had lost many close games, held off host Mulvane to reach the championship game.

The Indians, the tournament's last seed, also won a close game Tuesday against Garden Plain.

"In any sport, when you have some success the confidence is there," Clearwater coach Chuck Reitberger said. "You have kids believing they can hit shots and they can play defense. Confidence-wise, we are right where we need to be."

Clearwater didn't make a basket in the second half, but it was clutch from the free-throw line as Mulvane tried to forge a comeback. Clearwater went 10 of 13 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Clearwater (4-7) 6 9 17 10 — 42 Mulvane (7-5) 10 6 10 12 — 38

CLEARWATER: Jaax 2, Winter 2, Babb 2, Vogel 12, Tjaden 9, Cook 8, Molisee 4, Stever 3. Totals 13 (1) 15-25 42.

MULVANE: Melick 2, Miller 12, Hatfield 2, Donaldson 4, Burkhart 2, Bish 5, Gerlach 11. Totals 14 (3) 7-14 38.

Garden Plain 37, Maize South 23 — Garden Plain's defense held Maize South to 10 points in the first half of a losers bracket game.

Garden Plain (8-4) 7 13 8 9 — 37 Maize South (2-9) 4 6 3 10 — 23

GARDEN PLAIN: Hays 6, Fisher 1, Heimerman 9, Dooley 2, Haukap 6, Reyner 8, Bourne 5. Totals 17 (0) 3-14 37.

MAIZE SOUTH: McKay 2, M. Poynter 4, Martin 13, Suchan 4. Totals 9 (0) 5-11 23.

Campus 50, Arkansas City 35 — Casandra Brown led the winning Colts with 12 points. Arkansas City's Jordan Salas had a game-high 14 points.

Campus (4-7) 7 17 12 14 — 50 Arkansas City (2-8) 6 9 12 14 — 35

CAMPUS: Smallwood 6, Krier 2, Dickey 5, Brown 12, Balekova 5, Vann 1, Clark 1, Elliott 6, Dorsey 6, Howe 6. Totals 21 (2) 6-21 50.

ARK CITY: O'Daniel 4, McVey 2, Butler 2, Brantly 13, Salas 14. Totals 15 (0) 5-9 35.

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