At Gross Coliseum, Hays
No. 7 Linn (10-12) —Linn, which is balanced, is one of four Twin Valley teams in the 1A-I, 1A-II and 2A tourneys. Tyler Herrs and Jacob Vott average double-figure scoring.
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No. 2 Hope (20-3) —Hope, which lost to two 3A and a 2A team, relies on its full-court pressing defense and is led by T.J. Kickhaefer (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 steals).
No. 6 Otis-Bison (14-9) —The Cougars are balanced with four players averaging 7 or more points, including Trevor Keller (11.2). They allow less than 40 points and have won six straight.
No. 3 Fowler (18-4) —The Goldbugs, at state for the first time since 1976, have won seven in a row. They are led by Jeremy Milford (19.1 points, 7.8 rebounds).
No. 8 Bern (9-14) —Bern ended the regular season with six straight losses, losing by an average of 20 points. Bern, led by Graham Droge (17.2 points), beat sub-state teams by a 15-point average.
No. 1 Greeley County (20-3) —The Jackrabbits, who give up 38 points, have won 17 straight and are led by Jonathan Miller (16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds) and Stephen Houston (14.6 points, 3.7 steals).
No. 5 Golden Plains (14-8) —Rilee Spresser (16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds) and Tate Preston (14 poitns, 7 assists) are offensive threats. The Bulldogs, who won 1A in 1985, play zone defense.
No. 4 South Barber (17-6) —The Chieftains, who have won 11 of 12, run a stifling zone defense, starting players that are 6-foot-4, 6-4 and 6-3. Luke Yearout (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Dylon Molz (10 points, 5 rebounds) are key.
Otis-Bison-Fowler winner vs. Linn-Hope winner, 4:45 p.m.
Golden Plains-South Barber winner vs. Bern-Greeley County winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
The Eagle's Picks
Joanna Chadwick: Hope over Greeley County
Chris Elliott: Greeley County over Fowler