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No. 8 Lebo (16-7)
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Lebo, which won state in 2001, gets a third shot at Lyon County League-rival Olpe, which won the first two meetings (63-47 and 58-44). The Wolves are led by 5-11 forward Morgan Laflen (15 points, 7 rebounds) and 5-6 guard Morgan Tastove (10 points, 4.5 assists). Coach Lucas Matile said the defense and rebounding were strong early, and now the offense is better.
No. 1 Olpe (23-0)
Despite dominating their league, the Eagles have just one state title, in 1981 (Class 1A). Junior Kathryn Flott is the team's leading scorer (20 points) and rebounder (10). Sophomore Kendyl McDougald averages 18 points and 5 assists. The Eagles, who start four juniors and one sophomore, are making their eighth straight trip to state and 20th in 31 years.
No. 5 Pittsburg Colgan (20-3)
The Panthers boast an all-senior starting lineup, led by 5-5 guard Ashley Werner (13 points) and 5-10 forward Katie Hayes (10 points, 7 rebounds). Two of Colgan's three losses were to state qualifiers. A year ago, the Panthers lost their state opener. Coach Megan Simmons said her players were affected by a stomach bug in that game.
No. 4 Berean Academy (20-3)
The Heart of America League champion Warriors are making their fifth straight state appearance and won their first 2A title in 2008. Senior 5-10 post Janelle Rust averages 18.1 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Sophomore Mallory Zuercher averages 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Other keys for Berean are 5-9 senior Kristin Khosravipour and 5-6 sophomore Kayla Wilgers.
No. 7 Valley Heights (18-5)
Teams wishing to stop the Mustangs must contend with senior guard Macy Parker (16.8 points, 3.5 steals), who has more than 1,000 career points. Senior Terra Hargrave has bounced back from a season-ending ACL injury a year ago to average 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Coach Ryan Noel said two recent tough losses have refocused his team and saved the season.
No. 2 Hill City (21-2)
The Ringnecks are making their first state appearance in 16 years. Their firepower is mainly in the backcourt with 5-7 junior guard Lexi Hardiek (21.5 points), who has hit 87 percent of her free throws. Senior 5-9 post Kaitlyn Davis averages 7.3 rebounds, and 5-8 junior Taylor Money averages 6.8 rebounds. Coach Linda Nighswonger said her team likes to pressure the ball and push the tempo.
No. 6 Osborne (18-5)
First-year coach John Boden has Osborne looking for its third title since 2000, winning in 2000 and 2002. A buzzer-beating layup by 5-8 junior post Jordyn Sturgeon gave the Bulldogs a 51-49 victory over Rock Hills in the sub-state final and advanced them to state. Sturgeon averages 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. Emily Girard, a 5-9 senior, averages 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds.
No. 3 Spearville (20-3)
The Lancers, at state for the first time in 20 years, will try to win their first 2A title since a run of four straight championships ended in 1990. They likely will have the tallest front line with leading scorer Becca Hornung-Heeke and Megan Stein at 6-foot and Elle Stein at 5-11. The Steins are daughters of coach Lorie Stein. Megan Stein has 20 blocks and Hornung-Heeke has 14.
Lebo-Olpe winner vs. Colgan-Berean winner, 3 p.m.
Osborne-Spearville winner vs. Valley Heights-Hill City winner, 6:30
Third-place game, noon
Championship, 4 p.m.
The Eagle's Picks
Joanna Chadwick: Olpe over Osborne
Jeffrey Lutz: Berean Academy over Spearville