Area state basketball roundups: KVL well-represented
6A Boys: Blue Valley Northwest 46, Blue Valley West 29
Wichita — Blue Valley Northwest capped a perfect season Saturday with a win over Blue Valley West to take the Kansas Class 6A high school boys basketball title.
Clayton Custer led with 21 points as Northwest finished the season 25-0. Kyle Harrison had 10 for Northwest in the victory. Blaise Gammon had 13 for West, which was the No. 7 seed in the tournament and finished the year 15-10. Gammon also pulled down eight rebounds.
5A Boys: SM South 46, Lansing 40
Topeka — Shawnee Mission South competed an undefeated season with a victory over Lansing for the boys Class 5A basketball championship.
The Raiders finished 25-0, led by 16 points from Dainan Swoope.
5A Boys: Mill Valley 75, Kapaun Mt. Carmel 70
Topeka — Mill Valley senior Nathan Stacy ended his career with a 24-point, 14-rebound performance to lead the Jaguars past Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel in the third-place game of the Class 5A boys state tournament.
Mill Valley (20-4) jumped to a 21-8 first quarter lead before the Crusaders (17-7) came back to make it a two-point game late in the fourth quarter. But freshman Logan Koch hit two foul shots and came up with a steal on the other end to seal the game.
Mill Valley’s third-place finish betters the program’s fourth-place finish in 2006 in its only other state appearance.
4A Boys: Ottawa 54, Highland Park 45
Salina — Ottawa broke open a tight game with 16 points in the fourth quarter to outlast Topeka’s Highland Park Scots for the Class 4A boys’ basketball title in Salina’s Bicentennial Center.
The Cyclones were led by Semi Ojeleye with 27 points and 15 rebounds. The Duke University signee was 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. Dallas Natt tossed in 12 for Ottawa (25-0). The Scots (24-1) were led by Jahmal McMurray’s 18 points.
3A Boys: Scott City 74, Humboldt 55
Hutchinson — Four players reached double figures to lead Scott City over Humboldt in the Class 3A boys’ championship.
2A Boys: Republic County 64, Meade 53
Manhattan — Republic County outlasted No. 1 seed Meade in overtime to win the Class 2A boys title in Bramlage Coliseum.
1A-DII Boys: Axtell 65, Fowler 56
Hays — Axtell turned in a strong second half to power past Fowler for the Kansas Class 1A-Division II boys championship.
6A Girls: Wichita South 46, Wichita Heights 44
Wichita — Three players scored in double figures to lead Wichita South to a victory over Wichita Heights for the Class 6A girls championship.
5A Girls: St. Thomas Aquinas 23, Mill Valley 22
Topeka — St. Thomas Aquinas built a seven-point halftime lead but had to hold off a late charge to beat Mill Valley in the Kansas Class 5A girls championship.
Aquinas (24-1) was up 15-8 to start the third quarter but saw the Jaguars chip the lead down late.
A last second shot by Mill Valley came up short as time expired. Kendra Weledji had nine points, and Claire Ferguson added five to lead the Saints. Mill Valley (22-2) was led by Tanner Tripp who topped all scorers with 14 points. Stephanie Lichtenaur added six for the Jaguars.
4A Girls: Wamego 60, McPherson 53
Salina — Kaylee Page scored 22, and Lanie Page added 20 to lead the Wamego girls to a victory over McPherson to claim the Class 4A championship.
3A Girls: Burlington 54, Garden Plain 42
Hutchinson — Burlington built a 13-point halftime lead and cruised to the finish line, defeating Garden Plain to win the Class 3A girls title and cap an undefeated season.
2A Girls: Smith Center 63, Jefferson Co. North 55
Manhattan — Smith Center withstood a comeback attempt by defending champion Jefferson County North to win the Class 2A girls title at Bramlage Coliseum.
1A-DI Girls: Hoxie 68, Olpe 63
Emporia — Hoxie held off a late charge in the fourth quarter to beat Olpe in the Class 1A-Division 1 championship.
1A-DII Girls: Ingalls 37, Norwich 22
Hays — Ingalls held Norwich to 28 percent shooting from the field to win the Class 1A Division 2 girls title.