Lower Platte league rivals Sedgwick County and Holyoke square off for the fourth time this year and this time it’s for the state championship. Two other winners will also be awarded trophies on Saturday.
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8:30pm: #1 Sedgwick County vs #2 Holyoke
HIGHLAND EDGES PAONIA 60-53
Trailing most of the game, Highland took their first lead on a basket by Cole Rouse early in the 4th and pulled away with FT's late to edge Paonia 60-53. Rouse's lay in made it 42-41 in favor of the Huskies and was part of a stretch where the senior scored eight straight points. Rouse finished 13 and ended up second behind Trey Allmon who led Highland with 15. Allmon hit two big three's late in the third quarter to pull the Huskies to within two at 40-38.
Paonia was led by Dagan Reinks who scored a game high 26 points in his final high school game. The Eagles were still in the game at 56-53 with 32 seconds left but turned it over on two straight possessions. Following the second turnover, the Eagles committed an intentional foul. Will Overton then hit two FT's to seal the win and third place trophy for the Huskies. They ended the season at 24-1.
10:30am: #3 Del Norte vs #4 Akron
LATE 3 LEADS RAMS TO VICTORY
Another shootout was what began this game as Akron defeats Del Norte 47-46. It was a 13-11 Akron lead over Del Norte after one quarter. The Rams were hot from three in the first half as they went 5 of 8. . Jordan Herder had 3 of them on his way to 12 points in the first half. Balanced scoring from the Tigers kept them in the game as 5 players scored. It was Carlos Parra leading them in the first half with 7 points. Del Norte went 3 of 6 from the line in the half, while Akron went 8 of 11. At the half it was Akron with the 9 point lead at 29-20.
It was a shootout in the second half as well. Del Norte got the lead in the third, and both teams traded baskets all through the fourth. A 3 point shot from Brock Benson ultimately gave the victory to Akron. The Rams did not shoot a free throw the entire second half. Del Norte was 7 of 9. The Rams finished 8 of 11 from the stripe. Tigers were 10 of 15. Leading the charge for Akron was Jordan Herder with 19. The Tigers leading scorer was Carlos Parra with 17.
Akron claims 5th place and finishes the season 20-6. Del Norte takes 6th and finishes the season at 22-5.