Varsity Basketball

Collegiate clinches title

HILLSBORO — Hillsboro girls coach Nathan Hiebert didn't know the exact number, he just knew it was high.

That number, 35, was the amount of turnovers Collegiate forced against Hillsboro on its way to a 47-27 victory, its 18th consecutive win.

The win gave Collegiate the last MCAA girls basketball championship and its second in a row.

Collegiate coach Terrence Phox knows this one is special.

"For the league to be ending and the last possible championship to be won in girls basketball and we take that championship, this means an awful lot," Phox said.

Ashia Woods led Collegiate (19-1, 11-0 MCAA), No. 2 in Class 3A, at both ends of the floor. Woods finished with 32 points, six steals and three rebounds. It was Woods' defense that was the most impressive to Phox.

"It's really special for the girls who she plays with," Phox said. "All the girls kind of understand what (Woods) can do so then they figure out on the back side all they can do is this and we're going to take that away. When she decides to get after it, she can change a lot of things that teams can do."

Just Woods' presence, either inside or in the Spartans' press, forced even more steals.

In the first quarter, Collegiate did such a good job on the defensive end that it forced more turnovers (11) than times it allowed Hillsboro to shoot (4). Collegiate forced a turnover on six of the first seven Hillsboro possessions and five of its last six to lead 9-2 after the first quarter.

"When you hold a quality opponent to two points in a quarter and turn around to hold them to nine in the second quarter, that's about as good as you can get," Phox said. "The bottom line is, yeah that was a pretty solid defensive half."

It didn't stop in the second half and Woods didn't either. Woods scored 20 of her 32 points and the defense forced 19 more turnovers.

Woods got it going again from the start of the third quarter. Woods scored, got a steal, scored again, and scored 11 of Collegiate's 13 points in the third as Collegiate led 34-21.

"We just focused our defense on each other and with Sadie fronting and me on the backside, it's a lot of fun and a lot of steals," Woods said.

For Hiebert, Hillsboro's lack of defensive pressure and lack of handling Collegiate's pressure was the difference. Hillsboro (14-6) snapped a seven-game win streak.

"Ashia is better than anybody we've seen and we talked about how we couldn't be passive against her," Hiebert said. "But we can't win ballgames if you turn it over 30 times. We came out wanting it to happen and Collegiate came out and made it happen."

For Phox, the league championship was nice, but it's just the next step.

"This was one of our goals, but now we've got a couple more to achieve and we'll continue to work to get there," Phox said.

Wichita Collegiate9 12 13 13 — 47 Hillsboro2 9 10 6 — 27

COLLEGIATE: Woods 32, Clark 8, Broberg 4, Green 2, Holden 1, Lower 0, Taylor 0, Phox 0, Dunn 0, Cole 0, Skar 0, Horton 0, Courtney 0. Totals 19 (2) 7-8 47.

HILLSBORO: Kaufman 14, Gottsch 5, Weber 4, Faber 2, Weinbrenner 2, Morris 0, Schlehuber 0, Bartel 0, Unruh 0, Reimer 0, Serene 0, Em. Heyen 0, El. Heyen 0, Faul 0. Totals 13 (0) 1-3 27.