State basketball pairings set for area teams
By BRETT MARSHALL
By BRETT MARSHALL
Five Telegram area basketball teams, three girls and two boys, have qualified for respective state tournaments, which will begin at various sites around Kansas on Wednesday.
Pairings were announced Sunday morning following completion of all sub-state championships on Saturday night. The pairings were announced by the Kansas State High School Activities Association on its website.
Holcomb's boys and Cimarron's girls claimed Class 3A sub-state titles on Saturday night in Cimarron to earn their spots at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Scott City's boys and Hugoton's girls won Class 4A-Division II crowns at Goodland and will play at Hartman Arena in Wichita.
Dighton's Lady Hornets punched their state ticket in Class 1A-Division II with a win at Tribune. That division competes in Hays.
Holcomb's 53-50 win over Cheney earned the Longhorns a No. 6 seed and they will face Nemaha Valley at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday while the Lady Bluejays of Cimarron, with their 64-48 victory over Holcomb, are the No. 3 seed and will face Council Grove at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Scott City defeated Goodland 57-45 to advance and seek its fourth straight state championship, albeit this one in a different class. The Beavers have won the past three Class 3A state championships, but moved up a class when Kansas split Class 4A into two divisions this year. The Beavers, who are seeded No. 2, will take on Pratt at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Hugoton's Lady Eagles, with their 55-47 win over Goodland, are the No. 3 seed and will face Holton at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Dighton advanced with a 49-31 victory over Wallace County and are the No. 5 seed and will play Argonia at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays.
Victories by teams will put them into Friday's semifinals, with consolation and championship games scheduled for Saturday.
For complete pairings of all classifications, go to www.kshsaa.org or you can find them in Monday's Telegram or online at www.gctelegram.com/sports.