Bellevue West fizzled in the second half and couldn't bring an end to Topeka Highland Park's undefeated record.
The Thunderbirds, who had an early 10-point lead, failed to score for the first 6½ minutes of the third quarter in the marquee game of Saturday's Nebraska Prep Classic to lose 46-32 at Ralston Arena.
No. 7 West was outscored 27-11 after halftime as it shot just 19 percent (3 of 16).
“The second quarter, we missed a lot of easy shots but still were getting easy shots,” West coach Doug Woodard said. “The second half, we were taking hard shots and still missing the easy shots.”
In Saturday's other games:
» Nate Maloley's 19 points led No. 3 Papillion-La Vista past Sioux City Heelan 61-54.
» Zach Flott had 26 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, as Class B No. 4 Ralston edged Class A Lincoln Pius X 52-48.
» Gunnar Peterson's 17 points paced Lincoln Southwest as it pounded No. 9 Omaha Creighton Prep 60-36.
» Lincoln Northeast rallied for a 34-32 win over Class B Gretna.
» In the only girls game of the day, No. 1 Bellevue West went on a 22-2 run in the second half for a 67-48 win over Iowa 4-A No. 1 Sioux City Heelan.
Tournament co-directors Jim Huffman and Tom Krehbiel estimated the day's paid attendance at 2,500.
Bellevue West's 21-18 halftime lead on Highland Park (8-0), ranked second in Kansas Class 4-A, didn't hold up very long. Jahmal McMurray's 3 gave Highland Park a 22-21 lead with 6:35 left in the third quarter. Shaffee Carr had a basket, then a putback for a five-point lead, which got to nine on a putback by Oshai Clark and a basket by Carr with 1:53 left.
Carr scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
Deon Pettigrew finally scored West's first points of the half with 1:29 left, but couldn't make it a 3-point play. But the Thunderbirds (8-4) got to the fourth quarter trailing only 30-26 as Chris Martin hit a 3 from the right wing before the buzzer.
Martin led the Thunderbirds with eight points.
The Scots went ahead 37-28 in the final quarter on baskets by Carr and 6-7 junior Eddie Hunt and 44-30 on a layup by Tray Wheeler.
Topeka Highland Park (8-0).............................6 12 12 16—46
Bellevue West (8-4).......................................14 7 5 6—32
HP: Jahmal McMurray 7, Eddie Hunt 2, Tray Wheeler 10, Steffon Kyles 5, Jamon Fulton 4, Shaffee Carr 14, Oshai Clark 4.
W: Brad Brazeal 5, Deon Pettigrew 6, CJ Johnson 5, Chris Martin 8, Kael Strawmier 2, Christian Hatterle 6,
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Papillion-La Vista 61, Sioux City Heelan 54
Papio (12-1) weathered a comeback by Heelan, which made up 12 points of a 13-point deficit but couldn't get the lead in the fourth quarter.
“We had a couple chances to push it to (a larger) lead,” Monarchs coach Jason Ryan said.
After Heelan (8-4) had rallied from a 38-25 deficit to trail 47-46 with 4:13 left, the Monarchs scored the next seven points starting with a Brett Dougherty free throw. The 6-foot-6 senior missed the next one, but Keenan Neelon rebounded and eventually scored for a 50-46 lead.
Dougherty, who had 14 points, scored with 2:54 left. Following a Heelan timeout, Neelon scored off a steal of the inbounds pass for an eight-point Monarchs lead with 2:43 left.
Shane Graves and Kyle Heaton, both playing on sprained ankles, had 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Crusaders. Both were injured in Friday's home win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.
“They could barely go through our layup drill in shootaround,” Crusaders coach Tom Betz said. “They gutted it out. They weren't going to give up the opportunity to play here.”
Papillion-La Vista (12-1)...........................15 14 13 19—61
Sioux City Heelan (8-4)...........................10 13 9 22—54
P: Nate Maloley 19, Brett Dougherty 14, Spencer Lewis 9, Ja'Pree Murry 6, Tyler Dougherty 5, Keenan Neelon 4, Bryce Sheard 4.
H: Shane Graves 19, Kyle Heaton 12, Trent Solsma 8, Keaton Slaughter 8, Connor Niles 3, Bryce Sweeney 4
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Bellevue West girls 67, Heelan 48
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Madi Braun, which broke a 43-43 tie, ignited the second-half surge for Bellevue West (13-0).
“We just needed a spark,” West coach Marc Kruger said. “Madi hadn't been shooting it well, but we told her to keep shooting.
“We finally started getting stops on defense, doing a better job stopping the dribble. Heelan had been getting in the lane and either kicking it out for 3s or going to the rim and getting free throws.”
Kate Liveringhouse had a 3-point play to end the third quarter, putting West ahead 54-43.
Heelan's Megan McCarthy opened the final quarter by making two free throws, then Chloe Akin-Otiko scored on back-to-back possessions and Elisha Cobbs made two free throws for a 60-45 lead.
West's largest lead was 65-45 after a Akin-Otiko free throw with 3:35 left in the game.
Braun and Chloe Akin-Otiko each had 17 points to lead Bellevue West. The Thunderbirds made 8 of 10 shots in the third quarter as they shot 66.7 percent for the second half and 48 percent for the game.
MaKayla Augustine led the Crusaders (8-3) with 17 points and Taylor Koolstra had 12. The Crusaders shot just 30.4 percent for the game.
“We feel good about what we did,” Heelan coach Darron Koolstra said. “We played one of the best teams we're going to see on our schedule.”
Sioux City Heelan (8-3)...............................7 21 15 5—48
Bellevue West (13-0)...............................16 12 26 13—67
H: Taylor Koolstra 12, MaKayla Augustine 17, Jenna Bork 7, Megan McCarthy 6, Megan Todd 1, Tristan Beaulieu 5.
BW: Madi Braun 17, Chloe Akin-Otiko 17, Kate Liveringhouse 9, Annie Szczepaniak 8, Julie Targy 7, Taylor Ditoro 2, Elisha Cobbs 5, Katie Imig 2.
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Ralston 52, Lincoln Pius X 48
Flott scored for Ralston with 50 seconds left to break a 48-48 tie. After Pius X missed a shot with 18 seconds left, Andy Chleborad made two free throws to seal the win that kept the Rams (9-3) undefeated against instate competition.
Darrick Mazour had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Thunderbolts (6-5).
Lincoln Pius X (6-5)........................19 6 15 8—48
Ralston (9-3)....................................21 13 7 11—52
P: Darrick Mazour 19, Malcolm Lancaster 3, Grant Schumacher 6, Brandon Utrup 7, Tom Schneider 8, Alex Stejskal 2, Nate Heimes 3.
R: Zach Flott 26, Matt Winkelman 3, Andy Chleborad 8, Jake Goltl 10, Josh Belling 3, Tonio Fidegnon 2
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Lincoln Northeast 34, Gretna 32
Ryan Garver's basket in the final three seconds, following an offensive rebound for the Rockets, lifted them to the win.
Northeast (3-9) scored only 16 points in the first three quarters in trailing 25-16, then erupted for 18 in the final stanza. That's when Derrick Curtis had seven of his team-high 10 points.
Jordon Batenhorst had 13 points and Mitch Drey 11 for the Dragons (8-4).
Lincoln Northeast (3-9).........................8 3 5 18—34
Gretna (8-4)...................................11 7 7 7—32
NE: Ryan Garver 5, Derrick Curtis 10, Dalton Hegeholtz 2, Tyler Sorensen 2, Tyler Keller 3, Spencer Kirk 4, Connor Springman 8.
G: Jared Samuelson 1, Trevor Leiting 6, Nate Skrdla 1, Jordon Batenhorst 13, Mitch Drey 11.
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Lincoln Southwest 60, Prep 36
Metro Conference teams have dominated the rest of Class A this season, so the Silver Hawks welcomed a blowout win.
They held Prep's Kevin Dineen scoreless after he tallied 28 points Friday against Omaha Westside. Kirk Kudlacz, with eight points, was the top scorer for the Junior Jays (7-5).
Reid Williams had 13 points and point guard Easton Edmond 11 for Southwest (7-6), which won its two weekend games after a four-game losing streak.
Omaha Creighton Prep (7-5).......................8 9 6 13—36
Lincoln Southwest (7-6)............................13 11 12 24—60
P: Tommy Pritchard 6, Sean Kuehl 2, Kirk Kudlacz 8, Pat Kirby 2, Drew Homa 1, Kevin Toner 6, Alex Allbery 2, Jason Allbery 6, Jack Buckley 3.
SW: Brayden Young 5, Easton Edmond 11, Reid Williams 13, Connor Thompson 2, Jordan Brown 2, Gunnar Peterson 17, Tyler Hoppes 5, Avery Prai 2, Griffin Thomas 3.
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