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Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

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Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP girls win 13th straight -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Defense lifts TMP boys past Norton -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

La Crosse boys nab big road win -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Hays High's Hannah Hearld will miss softball season -2/8/2015, 12:46 PM

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Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Ellis girls outlast Oakley to kick off MCL tourney

Published on -1/14/2014, 10:04 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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ELLIS -- The Ellis High School girls' basketball team held a six-point lead with 3 minutes, 43 seconds against Oakley on Monday night. Then, the Railers missed two straight shots and three consecutive free throws. Ellis didn't score again until a foul shot by sophomore Alexcia Deutscher with one second left in the contest.

Oakley closed the gap to two points and had multiple chances to tie or take the lead. But senior Kenzie Hemmert missed two free throws, and Hemmert made a bad perimeter pass that went out of bounds with 27.3 seconds left. In the final seconds, Oakley turned the ball over again and never got a shot off.

Ellis held on for a 49-46 victory in the first round of the Mid-Continent League tournament. As the final buzzer sounded, Deutscher let out of a deep breath near the Railroader bench.

"Relieved," she said.

Ellis, the defending MCL tournament champion, improved to 6-3 and moved into Friday's semifinals at Gross Memorial Coliseum against second-seeded Smith Center. The No. 3 seeded Railers are 3-1 in MCL tournament championship games in the last eight seasons. Oakley, the sixth seed, dropped to 4-3 and into the consolation semifinals.

"I really want to do it again, and I think the girls want to," Ellis coach Perry Mick said. "Hopefully we can step up and make a good showing."

The contest produced a matchup between arguably two of northwest Kansas' -- and Class 2A's -- top five players in Deutscher and Oakley senior Laura Dennis. Deutscher, held to a couple single figure games as Ellis went 1-2 in its previous three contests, bounced back with 14 points and nine rebounds, both team-highs.

She also delivered four assists, all in the second half, and three steals. On one possession late, Oakley had a wide-open 3, but Deutscher played terrific defense, Oakley coach Randall Rath said.

"Did a great job," Rath said. "Got out in the passing lane and made it a difficult pass."

The Railers trailed 29-26 early in the third quarter, but Deutscher helped in a 10-2 run that gave Ellis a 36-31 lead. Oakley briefly tied the game at 40, but the Railers never trailed again.

"She is very competitive and I think sometimes when she sees that we need her, she plays super hard and super fast," Mick said. "She probably was a little disappointed in maybe her last couple of efforts."

Ellis ran a triangle-and-two junk defense on Dennis and junior point guard Marlee Rath versus a Plainsmen team that received all but one of their points from four players and has little depth.

"Not quite ready for varsity basketball," Rath said. "They are getting thrown at the wolves. I thought that they are improving. As they are improving, we ought to hopefully keep getting better here. But I thought we played well."

In the first half, Dennis didn't take a shot until 3 minutes, 37 seconds remained before intermission. Dennis, who is being recruited by multiple Kansas junior colleges, still finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Marlee Rath and Hemmert each collected 11 points.

"(Dennis) is a good athlete with good savvy," Coach Rath said.

Oakley led 12-9 after the first quarter and 25-24 at halftime. The Railers hit four treys against the triangle-and-two, and forced Ellis to change its defense in the second half. Many times, Deutscher guarded Dennis.

"It's just a great matchup for me, because I have to play better defense and not be lazy," Deutscher said. "I like to make her moves slower, like not let her drive to the basket each time. It kind of affects them a lot, because they can't pass it in to her, because I have people down low on the backside helping me, too."

In the final game before holiday break, Ellis suffered a 52-27 loss at Osborne. Junior Stephanie Greenway and senior Sidney Gottschalk each suffered concussions. Mick said Greenway is healthy, but that Gottschalk is "still trying to recover a little bit," and is "a bit out of sorts."

"You have to be so careful about those head injuries," Mick said.

Greenway finished with eight points, including two treys in the third quarter run. Before this winter, four-year starting point guard Bailey Hensley scored often on fast breaks and layups. Now, Greenway is working into that role. Deutscher and Greenway have stayed after practice to work on the fast break plays and passes.

"She doesn't know how to do that as well as Bailey did last year, but it just takes a lot of time and practice," Deutscher said.

Deutscher assisted on two of Greenway's field goals, including a fast break basket off a defensive rebound that gave Ellis a 44-40 lead midway through the final quarter. Ellis scored just five points the rest of the game, but managed to hold on.

"I wish we had played that ending a little better," Mick said. "We simply did not make free throws. ... We feel fortunate to have gotten a win out of this."

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