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Lady Warriors qualify for Sub-State

Finish runner up at regional

by Tyler Williams

February 25, 2019




     The Lady Warriors of Southern Cloud have extended their season, finishing in second place at the Solomon Regional.  To qualify for sub-state in 1A basketball this season, a team has to make it to the championship round of their regional. 

     With 117 teams in 1A in the new (actually the old way, before they divided into divisions) structure of classifications, 32 teams will qualify for sub-state.  There will be 8 tournaments set up across the state with 4 teams in each.  The eight who win these tournaments will advance to the state tournament the following week in Dodge City.  

     To get to where the Lady Warriors are, they took their position of the 2 seed in the regional and were able to handle Rock Hills (64-35, in Glasco), Lincoln (43-37), and fell to top seeded St. John’s/Tipton (42-28).  Southern Cloud will make the trip to Wabaunsee High School in Alma to take on undefeated Rural Vista at 6:00 on Thursday, February 28.

Vs. Rock Hills – February 18

     In the new format, the first round of the regional is hosted by the team with the better seeding.  The Warriors were the two seed and the Grizzlies of Rock Hills were the seven, giving the Lady Warriors one last home game which was used for senior recognition night.

     Starting the game with all five seniors on the roster (Logan Cool, Ashton Cooper, Kaitlyn Morris, Jordyn Scott, and Emily Stein), the Lady Warriors raced out to an early 14-6 lead and never looked back.  The Lady Warriors were able to stretch their lead to over 30 in the fourth quarter, leading to the KSHSAA running clock rule.

     Sophomore Shea McMillan, coming off the bench for the first time all season, came in and gave the Warriors a boost with her hot shooting, scoring 19 points going 7-10 from the field.

Scoring for the Lady Warriors: McMillan 19, Morris 18, L. Cool 12, Cooper 9, Athina Liby 3, Stein 2, Rael Beals 1

Other notable stats: L. Cool and Liby were all over the passing lanes, recording 5 steals a piece.  As a team, they Lady Warriors recorded 19 steals. 

Vs. Lincoln – February 21

     Playing Lincoln for the second time in two weeks, the Warriors seemed to think the Lady Leopards they would have the same result as they did the past time, a 26-point blowout.  That was not the case as the ladies of Lincoln came out pushing the tempo at the Lady Warriors and went around the press like the Lady Warriors were cones in a practice drill, racing out to an 11-2 first quarter lead.

     The Lady Warriors woke up in the second quarter, scoring 19 in the frame and taking a 21-18 lead to the half.  The Lady Warriors extended the lead in the third quarter but struggled to hold off the Leopards relentless pressure, able to squeak by with a 43-37 win.  With the win, the Lady Warriors assured themselves a spot at sub-state.

Scoring for the Lady Warriors:  McMillan 16, L. Cool 12, Morris 8, Cooper 5, H. Cool 2

Other notable stats:  Cooper snatched 5 steals, L. Cool had 4.  Morris pulled down 7 rebounds.

Vs. St. John’s/Tipton – February 24

     In a game that was moved to Sunday afternoon, the Lady Warriors battled league foe St. John’s/Tipton.  The Lady Warriors followed the defensive game plan beautifully, holding a very solid Lady Blujay team to 18 first half points.   They were able to clog the lane and take away the Blujays post play, as well as getting back on defense quickly, eliminating the runouts that the Blujays look to get easy points off of.

     That being said, the Lady Warriors could not find a way to put the ball in the basket in the first half.  The Lady Warriors have had solid outside shooting all season, constantly saw good shot opportunities find numerous ways to rim out of the basket.  A McMillan free throw was the only thing that could fall, giving the Warriors one point going into half, down 18-1.

     In the third quarter, the change of baskets must have helped as the Lady Warriors were able to score 10 points in the frame.  They picked up the pressure too, in hopes of getting a comeback going, but the Lady Jays heated up from the outside, hitting four three-point shots and scoring 16 of their own.

     In the fourth, the Lady Warriors were able to get 17 additional points but came up short by the final of 42-28. 

Scoring for the Lady Warriors: Cooper 10, Stein 4, McMillan 3, L. Cool 2, H. Cool 2, Liby 2, Beals 2, Makenna Comstock 2, Te’a Kennedy 1

Other notable stats:  The Lady Warriors, who have struggled from the free throw line all season, made 12 of 14 during the game (7-36 from the field)


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