Ken Darting called it the "worst game" his Shawnee Heights boys team had played all year.

Fortunately for the T-Birds, they were able to survive such an outing. But just barely.

Tyce Brown hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Wichita West missed two free throws to tie the game in the finals seconds as Heights held on for a 49-47 victory over the Pioneers in the opening round of the McPherson Invitational.

Heights (7-2) will take on host McPherson in Friday's 8:15 p.m. semifinal. McPherson edged Blue Valley West 70-65.

Leaving the Chanute Ralph Miller Classic for the McPherson tourney this year, Heights made a good first impression, bolting to an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The T-Birds went up as much as 13 in the second quarter before the offense hit the skids.

Heights managed just five points in the second period and saw West come back to tie the game 23-23 at halftime. The teams spent the second half trading small leads before Heights went up four with less than two minutes to play.

But West rallied for a one-point lead with less than 30 seconds to play before Brown delivered the game-winning 3. The T-Birds fouled Pioneer Kelvin Saulsberry on a drive to the basket with 2.8 seconds left, but Saulsberry missed the first free throw and then purposely missed the second.

West couldn't get off a final shot and Heights escaped.

"It was just a horrible game — we're the second worst team in the world and we beat the worst team in the world," Darting quipped. "It was lackluster, no competitiveness. It was our worst game of the year by far. We survived."

Marquis Barksdale led Heights with 17 points and Brown finished with 14, hitting 3 of 5 3-pointers in the game. Milan Jenkins led West with 15 points.

 

Seaman boys fall at Valley Center

Playing without injured standout Trey Duffey, Seaman got off to a solid start in Thursday's quarterfinal against Maize South at the Valley Center January Jam, leading 12-8 at the end of the first period.

But in the long run, Duffey's absence was too much for the Vikings to overcome. So was Maize South's trio of Trey Reid, Nolan Veenis and Kael Kordonowy.

Each of the Maverick standouts had seven field goals in the game and Maize South rode a 20-6 edge in the second quarter to a 70-51 victory.

Seaman (6-3) will take on Wichita Northwest in Friday's 3:30 p.m. consolation semifinal after the Grizzlies fell 44-39 to Garden City in their quarterfinal game.

Kobe Bonner and Brock Hillebert each hit first-quarter 3-pointers and Seaman got scoring from four different players in the first quarter to get out of the gates strong. But Maize South held Bonner to just a free throw in the second period and Seaman only made one field goal in the quarter, a 3-pointer from Mateo Hyman.

Reid, meanwhile, scored seven of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter and Kordonowy and Veenis combined for nine points in the period as Maize South took control. Veenis finished with 16 points and Kordonowy had 14.

 

Manhattan routs West girls

On the plus side, the Topeka West girls forced nine straight missed field goals to start Thursday's contest at Manhattan.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, that first-quarter defensive performance couldn't carry over on the other end, where the team scored just two points in the opening period en route to an eventual 48-15 defeat.

The Indians led 32-6 at halftime, with the Chargers (1-8) getting all six points from Miyah Larson. The junior finished with a team-high 11 points.

Jaiden Weixelman's 13 points paced Manhattan (8-3).

 

Grassity layup lifts Hi Park girls

Junior Ariyana Grassity hit a last-second layup to give Highland Park’s girls basketball team a 39-38 victory over Pine Creek, Colo. Thursday night in the first round of the Colby Orange and Black Classic.

Grassity’s game-winning hoop, which capped a 16-point night, put Highland Park into a 6:30 p.m. tournament semifinal Friday. The Scots also got a game-high 17 points from sophomore Tia’Lah Taylor.

Thursday’s game was close throughout, with Highland Park leading 13-8 after one quarter, 19-16 at the half and 27-24 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Highland Park snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 8-4.

 

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS BOYS 49, WICHITA WEST 47

Wichita West;8;15;8;16;—;47

Shawnee Heights;18;5;11;15;—;49

Wichita West — Jenkins 6-14 2-4 15, Williams 0-8 0-0 0, Saulsberry 4-10 2-5 11, Miller 0-3 2-2 2, Hopson 1-3 1-2 3, Welch 3-7 1-4 9, Barksdale 0-0 0-0 0, Gasco 2-2 0-0 4, Parks-Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 17-52 8-17 47.

Shawnee Heights — Brown 3-7 5-6 14, Barksdale 8-12 1-1 17, Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 3-6 0-2 6, Donohoe 3-7 0-0 9, Morton-Pina 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Walker-Ladish 0-2 0-0 0, Bonjour 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 18-38 6-9 49.

3-point goals — West 5-16 (Welch 2-3, Jenkins 1-3, Saulsberry 1-1, Moore 1-2, Williams 0-6, Parks-Jackson 0-1); Heights 7-17 (Brown 3-5, Donohoe 3-7, Bonjour 1-3, Davis 0-1, Johnson 0-1). Total fouls — West 12, Heights 14. Fouled out — none.

 

MAIZE SOUTH 70, SEAMAN BOYS 51

Maize South;8;20;15;27;—;70

Seaman;12;6;10;23;—;51

Maize South — Johnson 3-5 1-2 7, Hartig 2-6 0-0 5, Reid 7-18 2-3 19, Veenis 7-12 2-3 16, Kordonowy 7-14 1-6 15, Belvin 1-2 0-0 3, Crowell 0-0 0-0 0, Noland 0-2 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 2-2 2, Kasitz 0-0 1-2 1, Burroughs 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-61 9-18 70.

Seaman — Cox 0-0 1-1 1, Bonner 7-15 7-8 25, Spence 1-3 0-2 2, Hillebert 2-10 6-6 11, Foster 1-1 0-0 2, Hyman 2-4 0-0 5, Jordan 1-4 0-0 3, Irvin 0-0 0-0 0, Boyles 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-40 14-17 51.

3-point goals — Maize South 5-13 (Reid 3-6, Hartig 1-2, Belvin 1-2, Veenis 0-2, Kordonowy 0-1); Seaman 7-19 (Bonner 4-9, Hyman 1-2, Jordan 1-2, Hillebert 1-4, Boyles 0-2). Total fouls — Maize South 16, Seaman 19. Fouled out — none.

 

MANHATTAN GIRLS 48, TOPEKA WEST 15

Topeka West;2;4;5;4;—;15

Manhattan;13;19;8;8;—;48

Topeka West (1-8) — Shima 0-1 1-2 1, Larson 4-8 2-2 11, Rivera 0-3 0-0 0, Holloman 0-7 0-2 0, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Lee 0-3 0-0 0, Harness 1-7 0-3 3. Totals 5-32 3-6 15.

Manhattan (8-3) — Weixelman 5-6 2-2 13, Williams 0-3 1-2 1, Harper 4-11 0-0 8, A. Ostermann 3-7 0-0 6, Wilson 3-12 1-2 7, Martinez 0-2 0-0 0, Corolis 4-9 0-0 8, Claussen 2-2 1-2 5, E. Ostermann 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 5-8 45.

3-point goals — Topeka West 2 (Larson, Harness), Manhattan 1 (Weixelman).

 

HIGHLAND PARK GIRLS 39, PINE CREEK 38

Pine Creek;8;8;8;14;--;38

Highland Park;13;6;8;12;--;39

Pine Creek – Thomas 3 1-2 9, Guitierrez 2 2-2 6, Martin 3 0-1 6, Kuehn 4 0-0 8, Parker 0 0-2 0, Carlile 3 3-5 9. Totals 15 6-12 38.

Highland Park – Grassity 7 0-0 16, Hobbs 0 0-0 0, Sherman 2 0-0 4, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Washington 0 0-0 0, Carter 1 0-0 2, A. Taylor 0 0-2 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Taylor 7 3-7 17. Totals 17 3-9 39.

3-point goals – Pine Creek 2 (Thomas 2), Highland Park 2 (Grassity 2). Total fouls – Pine Creek 8, Highland Park 15. Fouled out – none.