At United Wireless Arena, Dodge City
4:45: Elyria Christian vs. Axtell
No. 6 Elyria Christian (17-6) – The Eagles, from McPherson, are making the program’s first trip to the state tournament. Senior Rachel Adamyk (20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds) is the first player in program history to score more than 1,000 points in a career.
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No. 3 Axtell (20-3) – The Eagles have won nine straight after suffering their third loss of the season. Axtell beat Beloit St. John’s-Tipton 60-46 in a sub-state final. Seniors Courtney Heinen (18.2 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Kiersten Talbot (11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds) have been key down the stretch.
6:30: Wetmore vs. Norwich
No. 8 Wetmore (12-12) – The Cardinals are making their second straight trip to the state tournament and will look to win a game after losing in the quarterfinals last year. Senior Gerae Haverkamp (11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds) leads the team.
No. 1 Norwich (22-1) – The Eagles have been one of the top teams in 1A-II all season. Their only loss came to South Barber in early January, since then they’ve won their last 15 games. They’re led by senior Jayden Schroeder (12 points).
Thursday’s other games
3 p.m.: Sylvan-Lucas (14-9) vs. Ingalls (21-2)
8:15: Golden Plains (18-5) vs. Dighton (19-3)
Sylvan-Lucas-Ingalls winner vs. Elyria-Axtell winner, 3:00 p.m.
Wetmore-Norwich winner vs. Golden Plains-Dighton winner, 6:30 p.m.
Third-place game, noon
Championship, 4 p.m.
Joanna Chadwick’s pick
Norwich over Ingalls