Class 2 Girls
Madi Brethhower picked up her 4th foul at the 7 minute mark. Allie Hagler hit a huge trey and wing jumper, followed by a pair Lander scores to push the Lady Pirate lead back to 15. Brethower subs back in, but Crane seems to be in control. Lander and McMenamy have combined for 28 points, with eight coming in the fourth. Crane has emptied its bench. They will meet New Haven at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the Class 2 state title.
Skyline closed the quarter with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 10 heading into the fourth. The offense has picked up in the third. Both teams have had little problem getting up and down the court and knocking down shots. Emma Lander continues to be a tough matchup for Skyline. Her two early buckets for the Lady Pirates were answered by scores from Brethower and Alexa Beck for Skyline. The Lady Tigers are going to have to create some turnovers to get back into the game.
Crane opened the second period with a 9-3 run, keyed by a Kylie Vaught trey. Madi Brethower, Skyline's leading scorer, picked up her 2nd foul early in the quarter, but Coach Kevin Cheek has decided to let her play through it. It would be a back and forth quarter the rest of the way. Crane has looked really good, especially on the inside with senior Maggie McMenamy and freshman Emma Lander scoring eight and six respectively to lead the Lady Pirates. Skyline's Ashley Bishop has led the Lady Tigers with six points. The first half pace favors Crane. 33-22 Crane.
Crane jumped on the Lady Tigers early, scoring the games first four points on buckets by Riley Isreal and Emma Lander. Skyline got over its early nerves, and a jumper by Madi Brethower to end the quarter brought the Lady Tigers within three. Both teams have displayed their balance early, with 10 players scoring in the games first period. 16-13 Crane.
Class 1 Girls
Walnut Grove 66, Chadwick 42 FINAL- CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
The clock is running.
Chadwick has come out strong in the second half. Maddie Hursh got her first score of the game at the 3:23 mark.
Chadwick looks shaken. The Harman's are dominating at both ends of the floor. Lexi is hounding 3-point state record holder Maddie Hursh everywhere she goes and Heather Harman is putting on a shooting clinic, with 19 first half points.
Chadwick scores first, but the Lady Tigers come back with a triple by Madisyn Freeze. The Lady Cardinals are sitting in a 2-3 zone which could be trouple against a Walnut Grove team that loves to shoot it from 3. A Heather Harman old-fashioned three point play followed by a crosser triple has the Lady Tigers looking good early. Both Harman's add steal and layup to make it a 15 point game. Chadwick is out of the zone, but it doesn't help. It is raining threes on both ends of the court. Lexi Harman's put-back makes it 27-11 heading into the second.
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Class 1 Boys
Eminence 65, Drexel 64 FINAL/OT - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS -- CLICK HERE FOR A STORY & VIDEO
Javyn Johnson scored the first four points of the extra session before a Cole Keeling triple got the Redwings back in it. Drexel would then go on another 4-0 spurt before Damon Craig's corner 3 pulled Eminence within two at 64-62. Following missed Drexel free-throw, Lacey hit a wing 3-pointer with just 3 seconds remaining to lift the Redwings over No. 1 Drexel.
Eminence has extended its pressure the length of the floor to create turnovers, but it is having little effect on the Bobcats. Drexel continues to own the offensive glass. A 4-point play by Jesse Lacey, followed by a layup by the senior guard tied the game up at 56. That would be the score heading into overtime.
Eminence came out and scored 8 of the of the first 12 points of the quarter to take its first lead since the opening minutes of the game. The Redwings continue to get to every loose ball and make every hustle play to create extra possesions for themselves, however they cannot keep the bigger Bobcats off the offensive glass. Bolton and Dyer have 16 points each to lead their teams.
Drexel's CJ Bolton started the quarter with a steal and dunk, but it seemed to energize the Redwings. Eminence went on a 8-2 run to pull within jus t a bucket, but a pair of Trevor Cooley treys has put Drexel back in control. Eminence continues to make runs at the Bobcats to keep themselves in the game, but they haven't been able to keep Bolton off the glass or guard Trevor Cooley out of the paint. Eminence sophomore Logan Dyer has been a monster thus far, scoring 12 first half points. Bolton has a game-high 14.
The first quarter was exactly the track meet we thought it would be. Drexel came in averaging 74 points a game, while Eminence only puts up 67 a game. The Redwings came ready to play. Both teams are shooting the ball extremely well. the biggest difference in the game thus far is rebounding. The smaller Redwings must keep Javyn Johnson and CJ Bolton off the glass if they want to hang around.
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Video: Crane 70, Skyline 51 - Extended Highlights
Video: Crane 70, Skyline 51 - Extended Highlights