Varsity Basketball

Central Christian rules road

The Hutchinson Central Christian girls are 17-2 — 0-0 at home.

The Cougars haven't been able to play on their home court — tonight's finale is at Pratt Skyline — but are still ranked No. 1 in Class 1A.

During a snow storm last March 28 when Hutchinson had 18 inches of snow, the school's cafeteria roof collapsed.

It is being fixed, but during the construction, the gym cannot be used for games because it doesn't have enough exits.

"It hasn't been too tough because we haven't made it a negative," Cougars coach Erin Patrick said. "We don't talk about it.... It really hasn't been a factor. We miss the home crowd coming. The advantage that you have — our gym is pretty loud — but you have to have a positive attitude, play defense, work hard, set picks and you still have to shoot the ball."

Hutchinson Central Christian hosted two games at Burrton and two at Buhler.

Seven players came out for basketball this season, but an injury to Diane Krehbiel kept her out of the lineup for the month of January.

Senior point guard Laura Patrick, the coach's daughter, leads the Cougars with 22.5 points, 7.8 assists and 3.5 blocks. Her sister, sophomore Jamie Patrick, adds 16.5 points, while sophomore Micaela Ensz averages eight points.

Senior Cassie Belton adds defense, as does sophomore Siara Alderson. Freshman Sarah Hagen comes off the bench.

Thinking Pink — Area basketball teams have joined the battle against cancer.

At Andover Central, the Jaguars' boys will wear pink shoelaces against El Dorado tonight as part of their Lace Up Cancer campaign.

"We're selling T-shirts to everyone in our school, middle school, elementary school," Jaguars forward Mark Anderson said. "We've gone to family members, neighbors, corporations. They're pledging $1 or $2 for every point we score."

Andover Central has raised $3,500, with a goal of $8,000. The money will be given to the Jimmy V foundation.

* For the fifth season, the Buhler girls are raising money to fight breast cancer. The Crusaders have raised nearly $12,000 in four years. In tonight's game against Mulvane, there will be other fund-raisers, including a pink Crusader jersey raffle and a quilt raffle. A check will be presented to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

* For the Winfield at Arkansas City game, a rivalry game, student council members at both schools have been raising money through the sales of pink T-shirts and pink bracelets. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Between the two schools, more than 900 T-shirts — at $10 per shirt — have been sold.

Cheney's streak — Cheney girls coach Rex Casner knew he had a special team this season. The Cardinals finished third in Class 4A last March and returned every state tournament player.

The Cardinals are 18-0 and ranked second in Class 4A. They play host to Bluestem tonight and are at Garden Plain on Tuesday.

Cheney has plenty of offense, averaging 61.8 points. Ally Nikkel leads with 14.2 points, Merissa Quick averages 13.1 points and 3.6 blocks, and four other players score between six and eight points.

The Cardinals have plenty of athletes — senior Courtney Traxson is going to Kansas State on a volleyball scholarship, Hailey Twietmeyer is heading to Missouri for track.

Still winning — With a win tonight against Cedar Vale-Dexter, the Argonia girls, ranked second in Class 1A, would finish their third straight regular season 20-0.

"We have good girls," Argonia coach Dixie Brewster said. "It's a coach's dream."

But the Raiders want more.

"The kids would much rather go farther in the postseason than to win 20 games," Brewster said. "That's their goal."

Argonia has four players averaging between 12 and 14 points — Davi Peetoom, Ali Brewster (the coach's daughter), Brooke Boatright and Ashton Stansbury.