Year after year, the Burlington Invitational has brought together some of the best teams in Eastern Kansas and this 22nd edition continued that level of excellence. The top four girls team presented a 29-3 record with the top four boys teams coming in with a 28-4 record.
The LadyCats matched up with Paola (8-0) in the opening round game and were defeated by the eventual tourney champion 62-42. Friday night saw the Ladys in a rematch with the Iola Fillies, a team they fell to 51-49 in the December tournament in Garnett. Burlington took the lead early and held off each Iola run to finish with a 58-43 victory. Regan Norton and Marlorie Wagner matched up for 16 points each to lead the LadyCats to the win. Saturday found the LadyCats taking on the Rossville Bulldogs in the 5th place slot of the tournament. A low scoring game that was tied at the half, 20-20, Burlington gained a nine point lead in the third and secured the win 45-41. Malorie Wagner was named to the all-tournament team for the LadyCats.
The Burlington and Sabetha boys teams both entered the tournament with 8-0 record and appeared to be on a path to meet in Saturdays championship tilt. Sabetha dispatched Santa Fe 61-29 and Burlington made short work of Rossville 75-32 in the opening round games Tuesday. A detour on the path occurred Friday when Sabetha fell to Labette Co 51-48 and Burlington fell to Rock Creek 59-57. The championship game saw Rock Creek defeat Labette Co 55-52 in their first BIT appearance. The WildCats fell to last years champion Sabetha 56-52 for fourth place. Grant Shell scored 28 points in the final game for the Cats and was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Brady Nordstedt.
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Coming off of a 36 point win over Eureka last Tuesday night, the Burlington LadyCats were looking to roll over another TVL opponet, Neodesha, this week. The Bluestreaks must not have read the memo as they rode the hot shooting hand of Kelsey Potters’ 12 first quarter points to an 18-13 lead at the first break. The score tightened to a 22-19 halftime margin. Coach Gilmans halftime speech must have set the team on fire as they opened the quarter with an 11-0 run on their way to outscoring Neodesha 20-4 in the third and secured a 15 point win 49-34. Shelbie Emling led all scorers with 20 and Malorie Wagner hit double digits with 11 for the Cats.
You don’t get too many thunderstorms in Kansas during January. but it was raining 3 pointers for the WildCats Tuesday night. The Cats first five shots of the night were from beyond the three point line and they connected on 4 of 5 to lead 18-13 at the break. That worked so well that they hit another 4 from beyond the arc to race to a 44-23 halftime lead. Burlington added five more treys in the second half for a total of 13 from 7 different players to take an 81-32 win over the Streaks. All 12 Cats scored with Hatch (10), Nordstedt (11), Shell (14), and Whitworth (16) in double figures.
The 22nd Annual Burlington Invitational tips off Tuesday night with one of the strongest fields in recent years. The top four girls teams have a combined record of 29-3 with the top four boys records 28-4. The LadyCats match up with undefeated 8-0 Paola at 6:40 in the high school gym with the undefeated WildCats taking on 3-6 Rossville at 8:15.
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The LadyCats and Wildcats used the Christmas break to recover from a few nicks and bruises and came out tuned up for TVL action Tuesday night as they hosted the Eureka Tornadoes.
The LadyCats controled from the opening tipoff by racing to an 8-2 lead in the first 3 minutes. Malorie Wagner and Regan Norton each scored 8 points with the Cats leading 24-8 in first quarter action. All 13 players on the LadyCats roster saw playing time as the lead exteneded to 31 points in the third quarter and activated the running clock during the final stanza with Burlington winning 58-22. Wagner (10) and Aikins (11) produced double figure scoring with a balanced attack of nine scorers for the Cats.
Both Burlington and Eureka opened their seasons with perfect 6-0 records and knew this meeting could determine the TVL championship in the first game of January. The Wildcats outpaced the Tornadoes 8-3 in the first four minutes of the game on their way to a 17-9 lead at the first quarter break. Owen Redding was dominating with 16 points in the first half to extend the halftime lead to 33-19. DeAllen Nelson led the comeback charge for the Tornaodes with 10 third quarter points to get within 2 points, 35-33, as we headed to fourth quarter play. The big guns opened up for the Cats as the went on a 15-1 run to take the wind out of the Tornadoes and finish with a 58-43 victory. Grant Shell (18) and Owen Redding (17) lead all scorers and the Cats to the top of the TVL standings.
The Cats schedule is open Jan 9 and 16 with the Neodesha Bluestreaks coming to town on Tuesday Jan 13. The Burlington Invitaional Tournament will tipoff Jan 20 thru 24 which caps a five game homestand.
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Burlington Wildcats opened the 2014 season with a 45-18 win over the Eureka Tornadoes on Friday night.
The Cats scored on their opening drive of the night with Alexas Carrasco scoring from four yards out to take a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the contest. Eureka came back to score in the first quarter also but failed on the extra point with the Cats leading 7-6 at the first break. Eureka opened the second quarter capping off their scoring drive with a 17 yard TD pass from Pitko to Lyons to lead 12-7. That lead was shortlived as James Beyer returned the insuing kickoff 81 yards to retake the lead 15-12 which held through the first half of play.
Eureka took to the air again to open the second half on their third touchdown of the night though not able to convert on the extra point attempts as they led 18-15. Kendall Jeffers put the Cats back on top with a 44 yard TD run followed by another Carrasco scoring run to end the quarter with the Cats leading 30-18. Jeffers scored on a 21 yard TD run to open the fourth quarter and added another score just one minute later when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yard for the final score of the night.
Opening the season with a TVL win, the Cats will face another perenial TVL powerhouse, Caney Valley, this Friday at Wildcat Field. Game time is 7:00 with Jim and Rick bringing you the live coverage on 97.7 THE DAWG and the live feed at www.977thedawg.com.
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