Varsity Basketball

Maize deflates Northwest

Maize coach Jerrod Handy was surrounded by fans as he posed for pictures with the Eagles' seniors and then with his entire girls team, all while holding a Class 6A sub-state championship trophy.

Defeating Northwest 46-43 to advance to the 6A tournament was sweet for the first-year coach, but Handy knew full well the emotions experienced in the Northwest locker room.

He was the Grizzlies' coach one year ago when they fell one point short to Garden City and failed to get to the 6A tournament.

"I know how hard they're hurting right now," Handy said.

Knowing that feeling, though, was what made advancing much more special. Especially because the Maize players won five games last season.

"This is the opposite end of the spectrum," said Maize junior Erin Roeser, who finished with 12 points to help Maize improve to 16-6. "It's a great feeling."

"It's nothing short of amazing, a Cinderella story," Maize senior Kirsten Chamberlin said.

The win didn't come easy for Maize. Northwest opened with an 11-0 run, fueled by four Maize turnovers.

"It's kind of our little trick," Chamberlin joked. "I think we start off every game getting down about five or six points."

Maize rallied with a 13-0 run, hitting its first field goal, a three from McKenzie Cox, at the 1:59 mark. Less than a minute later, Lisa Tamasu came off the bench and hit a three to tie the score.

Northwest had its own comeback, running off 11 unanswered, capped by a Mac Millspaugh three, for a 36-29 lead with 3:36 remaining in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies then went nearly eight minutes without scoring.

"We didn't set screens," Northwest coach Jim Mernagh said. "I don't think we panicked. I just think we rushed in the half court."

An Alaina Shine basket with 39.5 seconds to go got Northwest within one. Thirty seconds later T. Nolen got a steal and Northwest, trailing by three, had two three-point attempts fall short.

"I was sweating bullets," Handy said.

Brianna Caldwell led Northwest with 15 points, and Shine had 10.

Maize (16-6) 13 14 10 9 — 46 Northwest (15-7) 11 14 13 5 — 43

MAIZE: Chamberlin 1 4-4 6, Roeser 4 4-6 12, Witt 3 1-2 7, Cox 2 0-1 5, Nicholson 0 0-0 0, James 1 0-0 2, Hartzog 3 0-0 8, Tamasu 1 0-0 3, Lungwitz 0 0-0 0, Newberry 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 (4) 10-15 46.

NORTHWEST: Caldwell 4 6-7 15, Simon 2 1-2 5, Shine 4 2-2 10, Nolen 1 0-0 5, M. Millspaugh 1 0-0 3, Loganbill 0 0-1 0, A. Millspaugh 1 0-0 3, Wood 0 0-0 0, Cotman 1 0-1 2. Totals 15 (3) 10-15 43.

Dodge City 58, Goddard 39 — Goddard senior Samantha Soyez hit a three-pointer as time expired in the second quarter to give the Lions a 25-24 lead. She hit another for the 28-27 lead early in the third.

But over the next 15 minutes, Goddard scored 11 points.

"We just had trouble scoring, got a little tight, broke down defensively at times, they got some easy buckets," Goddard coach Lee Keller said."... Once we got down, it just kind of snowballed from there and we never could fight our way back."

Soyez led Goddard with 13 and teammate Kjia Hart had 11. Dodge City was led by Valerie Ortiz, who scored her game-high 20 points in the final three periods.

Goddard (10-11) 13 12 5 9 — 39 Dodge City (18-3) 11 13 18 16 — 58

GODDARD: Soyez 13, Zoglman 4, Puthoff 4, Richard 2, Hart 11, Keller 2, Griffis 3. Totals 16 (4) 3-9 39.

DODGE CITY: Buckner 7, Ehrlich 8, Thompson 13, Briggs 9, Ortiz 20, Lampe 1. Totals 24 (2) 8-17 58.

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