Lady Chieftains Head to State!
By REX ZIMMERMAN
South Barber’s Lady Chieftains rolled over South Haven 75-45 Saturday night to win the 1A Div. I Sub-state Tournament at Dexter and earn a trip to State for the second straight year and third time in the past 8 years.
Sixth seeded South Barber (18-5) will travel to the Dodge City Civic Center on Thursday, March 10, at 4:45 p.m. against 3rd seeded Centralia (22-1). A win would put them in the semifinals on Friday.
Several other HOPL members will join South Barber at Dodge City in both the 1A Div. I and Div. II tournaments. Pretty Prairie won the boy’s bracket at Dexter and will join the Lady Chiefs in the Div. I action at the Civic Center. The 1A Div. II State Tournament is being held again at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. Representing the HOPL will be Attica and Central Christian in the boy’s bracket and Norwich on the girl’s side.
Offense From Everywhere
Four Lady Chieftains scored in double figures as they rolled to a big lead and held off a third quarter rally to top South Haven by 30 points in Saturday night’s championship game.
The Lady Chiefs used their full court pressure defense and quickness on offense to jump off to a 21-9 lead after one quarter of play. It got even tougher for the Lady Cardinals in the second period as South Barber went on a 24-10 run for a commanding 45-19 lead at halftime.
South Haven’s knew their only chance to get close was to shoot a lot of long shots – and when they hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored a quick 8 points to open the third quarter, Coach Steve Roberts challenged his squad to stop the rally and take control. The Lady Cards got within 13 points midway through the third, but a 3-pointer by junior Bailey Roberts and outstanding defense by senior Nicole Blick and junior Anna Perez got things turned around and South Barber ended the game on a 15-6 run to win going away.
Madison Polson proved to be just too much for South Haven to handle as she scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to go with 5 steals and 4 assists. Idallis Shaffer was also strong inside as she knocked in 12 points and also had 8 rebounds. Nicole Blick was a leader out front with 11 points and 4 steals while dishing out 8 assists. Anna Perez rounded out the double figure scores with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Bailey Roberts was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc for 9 points along with 4 rebounds. Junior Sabrina Hughbanks scored 7 points and pulled down 4 rebounds, freshman Morgan Polson added 4 points and 4 rebounds, and freshman ReAnna Dunlap scored 2 points. Also getting playing time were Savannah Hughbanks, Kaleigh Velasquez, Bryn Rathgeber and Taylor Pollock.
Easy Opening Win
South Barber opened Sub-state action Friday, March 4, with a 55-27 semifinal win over Pretty Prairie. The Lady Chieftains battled to a 15-8 lead after one quarter, then went on an 18-4 roll to finish the half with a 33-12 lead. South Barber had a 29 point lead heading into the final eight minutes and cruised to the win.
Madison Polson ripped the nets for 18 points and had 5 rebounds with Idallis Shaffer right behind with 14 points. Anna Perez scored 8 points and had 5 steals and Morgan Polson added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bailey Roberts hit for 6 points along with 5 assists. Sabrina Hughbanks had 2 points and Bryn Rathgeber 1 points to round out the scoring. Although she did not score, Nicole Blick was still very busy with 6 steals, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Chieftain Lead Gets Away
The Chieftain boys saw an early double-digit lead slip away in the second half as they lost a tough 61-51 battle with the home team Dexter-Cedar Vale Spartans.
Coach Jeff Lantz saw his squad get off to a good start with junior Spencer Kimmell scoring 6 first quarter points to lead his team to an 18-9 advantage after the opening period of play. South Barber had an 11 point lead early in the second period, but the Spartans fought for a 27-22 Chieftain lead at the half.
Dexter-Cedar Vale suddenly got hot from the outside and took a 38-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In a wild finishing stanza, the Spartans pulled away late for the 10 point win.
Grant Cantrell led the Chieftains with 21 points – 10 in that wild fourth quarter – with Spencer Kimmell also in double figures with 11 points. In his final game as a Chieftain, senior Trenton Jahay knocked in 5 points with junior Gavin Doherty also getting 5 points. Freshman Cole Coggins added 3 points while scoring 2 points each were junior Dale Hoch, sophomore Trae Rathgeber and freshman Neal Gugelmeyer. Also playing were Brian Farney, Kadin Banks and Brent Grismer.