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Tournament roundup: Maize South reaches Sterling boys final

Brett Barney scored 24 points and Kade Kordonowy had 23 to lead Maize South past Independent 62-58 in overtime on Thursday night and into the finals of the Sterling boys basketball tournament.

Independent looked in control early with a 20-7 first-quarter lead, but Maize South rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Barney added 15 rebounds for Maize South, which will face Beloit in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.

Brice Dean had 19 points and Trey Williams 14 for Independent, which shot 55 percent in the first half but tailed off to 32 percenti n the second.


Andover Central 57, Olathe North 39 — Zach Winter had a season-high 30 points, 12 from three-point range, to help the Jaguars handle Olathe North. Central held Olathe North to 13 first-half point and led by 24 after three quarters.


Conway Springs 66, Chaparral 52 — Ross Rasmussen scored 35 points to lead Conway Springs to a first-round victory. Rasmussen hit 13 of 15 free throws. He scored 17 points in the second half to help Conway Springs rally from a 34-30 halftime deficit. His nine points in the third quarter helped Conway surge to a 49-38 lead going into the final quarter.l

Mulvane 58, Belle Plaine 51 — Nolen Smith scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to rally Mulvane from a 33-16 halftime deficit. Mulvane trailed 41-35 going into the final quarter, and Smith scored eight points, finishing 10 of 16 at the free-throw line. Austin Johnson paced Belle Plaine in scoring with 24 points, 16 in the first half.


West 62, Liberal 31 — Jordan Kelly scored 16 points and Kennedy Bates had 15 in the opening-round win. The Pioneers’ press limited Liberal to nine points in the first half as West built a 17-point lead.


Cheney 83, Halstead 73 — Gabe Schomacker (25), Cameron Hill (17) and Taylor Hageman (15) combined for 57 of Cheney’s 83 points. Anthony Santiago (35) and Devon Herb (20) accounted for 55 of Halstead’s 73 in a losers bracket game.

Douglass 57, Haven 40 — Cody Holthaus scored 21 points to lead Douglass in a losers bracket game.


Holcomb 41, Hesston 36 — Holcomb’s 10-point first-quarter lead was too much for Hesston to overcome, sending the Threshers into Saturday’s third-place game. Grant Raleigh had 12 points to lead Hesston.

St. John

Pratt 52, Ness City 46 — Garret Smith had 22 points and Skylar Dean added 16 as the Greenbacks won a first-round game. Pratt faces Macksville in Friday’s semifinals.

Nickerson 55, Medicine Lodge 49 — Ryan O’Toole led Nickerson with 26 points in a losers bracket victory. Scott Beecher and Scott Angell had 15 each for Medicine Lodge. Nickerson will play for fifth place Saturday.


Andover 54, Salina South 39 — Adam DeKoning scored 16 points and the Andover defense was stout in beating Salina South to gain a spot in Saturday’s Salina Invitational at the Bicentennial Center. Brady Carter added 11 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Carroll 40, Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) 35 — Christian Smith scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Carroll rally to a win. Carroll, which will face host St. Thomas Aquinas in Friday’s semifinals, made 9 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Topeka West

Lawrence 63, East 57 — The Blue Aces fell behind by double digits in the first half and could never quite catch up, falling into the losers bracket. Samajae Jones led East with 13 points, while Jordan Hester had 12, DeShawn Terrell and Luke Nespor 10 each.

Highland Park 62, Southeast 34 — Dakota Pugh had eight points to lead the Buffaloes, who fell to 4-5. Highland Park improved to 9-0.

Valley Center

Northwest 56, Valley Center 43 — Brett Johnston scored 15 points and Nick Williams and Jared Carson had 10 each as the Grizzlies opened the January Jam with a victory. Jacob Brittain had 15 and Braden Tormey 12 for Valley Center. Northwest will face Blue Valley Northwest, a 108-39 winner over Kansas City Turner, in one semifinal Friday while Olathe Northwest meets Garden City in the other.

Thursday’s girls

Hillsboro 52, Hesston 34 — Tene Loewen scored 16 points and host Hillsboro held Hesston to 12 first-half points in a semifinal victory. Hillsboro will face the winner of Friday

Maize South 52, Winfield 36 — Mariah Suchan scored 18 points, including four of Maize South’s 10 points in the second quarter, en route to wiping out an early six-point deficit. McKenna Poynter added 15, 13 in the second half when Maize South outscored Winfield 32-18.