Varsity Basketball

Class 4A girls

At Salina Bicentennial Center

Thursday's Quarterfinals

3 P.M.

No. 6 Basehor-Linwood (18-4) —The Bobcats, on an 11-game winning streak, will make their third state appearance in four seasons. They hold opponents to 33.2 points, holding them to 20 points or fewer six times. Megan Bergstrom averages 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

No. 3 Colby (21-2) —Colby reached state after an undefeated 2008 season, and the next season started a three-year trek to getting back. That year, four current Colby seniors were sophomores and gaining valuable experience. The Eagles are balanced, though Katherine Kaus is the most dependable scorer.

4:45

No. 7 Topeka Hayden (18-5) —In 2007 and '08, Hayden missed the state tournament in consecutive years for the first time since 1985 and '86. Hayden's seven-game winning streak ended before sub-state. Jayde Reid scored 29 points in Hayden's sub-state championship win over St. James Academy.

No. 2 Cheney (23-0) —The Cardinals look to defend their 2010 title and protect their 50-game winning streak. Merissa Quick, Payton Scheer and Ally Nikkel all average at least 12 points, and Kylie Patterson is another dangerous scorer. Rod Scheer took over as coach late last summer.

6:30

No. 8 Independence (16-7) —Independence started 6-7 but is on a 10-game winning streak. The Bulldogs have two freshman starters but the turnaround was keyed by six seniors. Guard Kelby McGrath is a leader, averaging 12.5 points while proving adept at getting teammates involved.

No. 1 Holton (23-0) —Holton enters the state tournament undefeated for the third straight year but has come away without a title. The Wildcats have gone 113-2 during the last five regular seasons with no championships. Holton is balanced in most categories, with Jayna Smith leading with an 8.8 scoring average.

8:15

No. 5 Ottawa (19-4) —After missing state for seven years, Ottawa returns for the second consecutive season. The star is junior Jordan Baldwin, who scored in double figures in every game but one (she had nine points) and has scored 20 in four straight games. Ottawa lost to this season to 4A qualifiers Topeka Hayden and Holton.

No. 4 Haven (20-3) —A deliberate offensive team that relies heavily on defense, Haven never reached 60 points this season. The Wildcats allow 32 points and beat Hesston 29-22 in the sub-state championship. The team's two seniors, Rachel Miller and Sage Ezell, provide stability and leadership.

Friday's Semifinals

Colby-Basehor-Linwood winner vs. Cheney-Topeka Hayden winner, 3 p.m.

Holton-Independence winner vs. Haven-Ottawa winner, 6:30

Saturday's Finals

Third-place game, noon

Championship, 4 p.m.

The Eagle's Picks

Joanna Chadwick: Cheney over Holton

Chris Elliott: Cheney over Holton

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