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No. 7 BV Northwest (15-7)
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BV Northwest is led by Tyler Brasears (13 points, 48-percent shooting), Brett Fisher (11 points, 52 percent from three) and Morgan Smith (10 points, 3 assists). The Huskies, who start four juniors, are a strong-shooting team (48 percent FG, 72 percent FT). Coach Ed Fritz is married to BV North girls coach Ann Fritz, who won has won three titles.
No. 2 Dodge City (19-3)
Senior Terrence Williams leads the Demons with 13.9 points and shoots 59 percent. Sophomore Rico Hogan averages 12.9 points, and seniors Landon Head and Miles Mori average 5.5 rebounds and a combined 17.8 points. Dodge City is outscoring teams by 14 points while shooting 47 percent. Dodge City's best finish at state was second in 2004. Coach Dennis Hamilton has won 321 games in 23 seasons.
No. 6 BV North (15-7)
BV North, which last advanced to state in 2003, hit a rough patch in mid-February, losing three games in a row. The Mustangs' last four games have been all wins — three by at least 20 points. BV North is especially strong on the perimeter, making twice as many three-pointers as opponents. The Mustangs are led by Weston Ehlers (16.9 points), Sean McLerran (13) and Kyle Crooker (9.3).
No. 3 SM South (17-5)
SM South was 4-4 after a first-round loss to Dodge City in the Demons' midseason tournament. Since then, the Raiders have won 13 of 14 games, with the only loss coming on a basket at the buzzer. SM South is a patient team that focuses on defense and shot selection. Point guard Will Spradling, a Kansas State signee, averages 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
No. 8 Manhattan (12-10)
Manhattan, which is on a five-game winning streak, last qualified for the 6A tournament in 2008, but before that the Indians hadn't been to 6A since 1996. Zach Nelson leads Manhattan with 17 points, while AJ Stitt and Connor Brooks add nine points apiece. Heights is the third straight City League team Manhattan will face — the Indians upset East and then beat Southeast by one in the sub-state final.
No. 1 Wichita Heights (20-2)
Heights, the defending champ, is led by junior Evan Wessel (12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists), who missed the first six games with a broken hand, and sophomore phenom Perry Ellis (22.5 points, 10.6 rebounds). They were Heights' only returning starters, but sophomore Terrence Moore and juniors Dreamius Smith and EJ Dobbins have filled in well, averaging a combined 30 points. After an eight-year drought at the 6A tourney, Heights is making its third straight trip.
No. 5 Leavenworth (16-6)
Leavenworth spent time atop the Class 6A rankings, but with three starters out with injuries, the Pioneers lost four straight. Senior Nino Williams (6-4) averages 20 points, 9 rebounds and has made an oral commitment to Kansas State after playing at a prep school next year. Junior Kyle Wiggins averages 11 points; he hit two last-second shots for victories, including in the sub-state championship. Leavenworth last won the 6A title in 2000 former Kansas player Wayne Simien.
No. 4 Maize (17-5)
Maize is balanced and has three averaging double-figure scoring in Ryan Schultz (13.5 points, 9 rebounds), Luke Langley (11.5 points, 4 assists) and Ryan McCarthy (11 points, 2 steals), who comes off the bench. The Eagles are a strong passing team, which allows them to make multiple passes and find the best scoring options. Maize has been to state three times previously _ the last time was in 2005 _ but hasn't won a first-round game.
BV North-SM South winner vs. BV Northwest-Dodge City winner, 4:45 p.m.
Leavenworth-Maize winner vs. Manhattan-Heights winner, 8:15
Third-place game, noon
Championship, 6:15 p.m.
The Eagle's picks
Joanna Chadwick: Wichita Heights over Dodge City
Jeffrey Lutz: Wichita Heights over Dodge City