Varsity Basketball

3A Girls

At Hutchinson Sports Arena

Thursday's Quarterfinals

3 p.m.

No. 7 Frontenac (17-6)

The Raiders have ridden 5-foot-10 senior Emily Barto through the post-season. Barto averages 20 points and nine rebounds, and leads the team in every major statistical category. This is the second year in a row that Frontenac has had a 1,000-point career scorer.

No. 2 Jefferson North (22-1)

Quite a few ties remain between the 1985 state championship team, as Jordan Kramer, Katie Noll and Kelsey Deviney all had mothers on that team. This year, Kramer leads the team with 20 points per game and Kate Brickell and Mallory Grand Pre both average double figures.

4:45 p.m.

No. 6 Marion (18-5)

Playing against 13 teams that were in sub-state finals should prepare the Warriors for the tournament. Julia Zeiner and Lindsay Hett combine to average 32 points. Scoring won't be a problem, especially with 6-1 Whitney Gordon coming off the bench, but defense will decide how far Marion goes.

No. 3 Beloit (18-5)

After returning one starter from last season's state team, expectations weren't high. But Cami Engelbert and Bailey Brown, both sophomores, have stepped up offensively. Seniors Emily Pahls, Kelly Shamburg and Kalli Kruse lead the Trojans.

6:30 p.m.

No. 8 Riley County (13-10)

One of the more tradition-rich programs in 3A, the Falcons have been to the state tournament 10 of the last 15 years. Being efficient on the offensive end will be crucial for the defensive-minded team. Kelly Thomson (14 points) and Rachel Rheaume (11) lead the team in scoring.

No. 1 Thomas More Prep (22-1)

After knocking off top-ranked Southwestern Heights in sub-state, the Monarchs assume the role of favorites, riding in on a 21-game winning streak. Top player Kaylee Hoffman is still injured, but Rachel Jacobs, Jessa Stramel and Sophia Schippers have picked up the slack.

8:15 p.m.

No. 5 Hillsboro (18-5)

Much of the Trojans' success has been because of 6-1 senior Dakota Kaufman. She is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds. With plenty of experience — this is the team's third state appearance in four years —Hillsboro will have to have good performances outside of Kaufman to advance.

No. 4 Garden Plain (18-5)

A young team quickly matured last week by upsetting Collegiate to advance to state. Only returning two starters from last season, much of the load has been shouldered by Ann Paul, Jordan Hoheisel and Samantha Ledy. The Owls have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Friday's Semifinals

Marion-Beloit winner vs. Frontenac-Jeff North winner, 3 p.m.

Hillsboro-Garden Plain winner vs. Riley County-TMP winner, 6:30

Saturday's Finals

Third-place game, noon

Championship, 4 p.m.

The Eagle's picks

Joanna Chadwick: Thomas More Prep over Jefferson North

Jeffrey Lutz: Jefferson North over Garden Plain