Augusta showed Mulvane no mercy on Thursday night as the Orioles rolled to a 50-22 win at Augusta High School in the first round of sub-state.
Before tip-off, three Oriole seniors were recognized during a senior night ceremony. Madison Wheeler, Natalie Rockers, and Teresa Steinkamp were recognized for their commitment to the Augusta girls basketball program over the last four years.
Augusta, the No. 1 seed, displayed their dominant defense early in the game as they held the Wildcats scoreless in the first quarter. After another dominant quarter, the Orioles led 24-4 at the half. In the second half, many of the starters were able to rest and prepare for the championship game. Even without the starters, Augusta was able to continue to outscore Mulvane in the second half as they cruised to a 50-22 victory.
Madison Wheeler knocked down three three-pointers and finished with 11 to lead the Orioles. Natalie Rockers also knocked down three threes and finished with 9. Nataleigh Cantu added seven points in the win.
“That was overall the best basketball we had played all season,” said Augusta head coach Tracy Anderson.
“We were energetic and efficient on both ends of the floor. We had a couple of injuries to start the third quarter and so I rested my starters for the entire second half and we maintained the lead so I was happy with that.”
Augusta improves to 13-6 on the season and will take on No. 3 seed Andover Central (12-8) in the sub-state championship game on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“We have to limit their clean looks from the three and we have to do a great job on the boards on both ends of the floor,” said Anderson.
“I think it'll be a great match up. they have obviously have great fire power but I think we matchup well with them. If we can keep them from having big offensive runs I like our chances.”