Varsity Basketball

Southeast rallies but falls to Topeka

Whenever Southeast's Jamillah Bonner wanted to score on Wednesday night, she had to weave her way through waves of Topeka defenders.

After growing accustomed to earning her 16 points with body contact in Topeka's 55-52 sub-state semifinal victory at Southeast, the first clean shot of the night — an open three-pointer to tie the game in the final seconds — came as a surprise.

"It threw me off," Bonner admitted. "I didn't know I was going to be open. Then I realized I'm open and I kind of got shaky. I still thought it was going to go in... "

The ball bounced wide and Topeka advanced to the sub-state final, hosted by East, on Friday against top-ranked Heights.

"Pretty nervous (when Bonner shot)," Topeka coach Shanna Perine said. "She's going to take the big shots. That one just didn't fall."

With Bonner on the bench with two fouls, Southeast survived a slow-paced first half to trail Topeka 20-19.

With the return of Bonner in the third quarter, Southeast's offense clicked.

Kerisha Broadus hit back-to-back three-pointers for Southeast's largest lead, 32-24, with four minutes left.

Southeast rattled the Trojans with its full-court press. Topeka turned the ball over eight times and helped Southeast take a 40-37 lead into the final quarter.

During streches of the fourth, Bonner took over and scored four straight baskets for Southeast.

She scored all 16 of her points in the second half.

"I have to take over and do what I have to do for myself," Bonner said. "I kind of have to ball-hog, but not really ball-hog."

When Topeka never trailed again after taking a 45-44 lead with five minutes left.

Southeast cut it to one point three times, but Topeka made all 14 of its free throws in the second half.

Tre'awn Garnes, Dana Gates and Broadus combined to score 29 points for Southeast (15-6).

Daria Sprew led Topeka (13-8) with 22 points.

"It doesn't matter if you apply ball pressure if you come down and foul them and put them on the line," Southeast coach LaToya Randle said. "That killed us. We kept fouling them. Ball pressure was irrelevent."

Topeka (13-8) 8 12 17 18 -- 55 Wichita Southeast (15-6) 8 11 21 12 -- 52

TOPEKA: Blake 4 4-4 15, Redmond 0 2-2 2, Patton 2 3-7 7, Bell 1 0-0 2, Sprew 6 10-10 22, Harden 0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Benning 3 1-1 7, Locke 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 (3) 20-24 55.

SOUTHEAST: Gates 4 1-1 9, Jmilah Bonner 7 2-2 16, Broadus 3 0-2 8, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Garnes 5 2-4 12, Loggins 0 0-0 0, Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 1 0--0 2, Clark 1 1-2 3, Raines 0 0-0 0, Jmisha Bonner 1 0-2 2. Totals 22 (2) 6-13 52.

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