The Burlington LadyCats matched up with the Iola Fillies at the Anderson County Class 4A Div II sub-state tournament on Saturday. The Cats opened the game with a 10-0 run while holding Iola scoreless until the 1:39 mark of the first quarter. Once the Fillies found their scoring touch, it was a 14-0 run that put them in the lead 14-10. The teams finished the first half knotted in a 17-17 tie. Refocusing on the goal of returning to State tournament action, the Ladycats stormed the court to begin the third quarter with a furious 13-0 run to establish their dominance on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. The LadyCats claimed the championship with a 51-38 victory, Alexa Dorcus led the Ladycats in all aspects of the game with six steals, seven rebounds, and 16 points for a career night.
Following the presentation of the Championship trophy, Coach Doug Stewart was recognized for the 500th victory in his career as a head girls basketball coach.
Next up for the 21-1 LadyCats on their Journey to the Tourney is a 3:00 tip-off Wednesday at Hartman Arena in Park City where they will open play against the #8 seeded 8-14 Clay Center Lady Tigers. If you can’t make the trip to Park City, you can listen live to the LadyCats on 97.7FM, www.977thedawg.com, or on the app from your mobile device.
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The Burlington Wildcats entered the Class 4A Div II sub-state with a #1 seed and the knowledge that a team with a 3-17 record has nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing the game of their season in tournament play. The Anderson County Bulldogs hit the floor running and gunning to take an 11-4 lead at the first quarter break as the Cats cold shooting doomed their offense. Both teams picked up the offensive pace in the second with the Bulldogs leading 30-24 at the half. Scoring 4 three pointers in the third quarter paced An Co to a 69-62 win over the Wildcats. Grant Shell and Brady Nordstedt each scored 14 points for the Cats as they finish the season with a 12-9 record.
Februarys winter weather produced a perfect storm to bring the TVL championship down to the final week of the season. The Burlington LadyCats had two games with Caney Valley and Cherryvale rescheduled on either side of their originally scheduled season final contest with Yates Center.
Monday night found the LadyCats on the road to Caney Valley, the only other undefeated team in TVL play. Caney scored from behind the three point arch early to take a 15-9 lead to the first quarter break. Amping up the defensive pressure to frustrate the Bullpups, Burlington held Caney to only 4 second quarter points as six different players put up 18 points for the Cats to take a 27-19 halftime lead. Caney rode the hot shooting of Desiree Nelsons 11 third quarter points to close within 5 before Burlington seals the win 53-44. A quick trip to Yates Center on Tuesday night produced four players in double figures on the way to a 65-27 win over the Wildcats.
Thursday night the stage was set as Burlington and Cherryvale brought matching 18-1 records to the homecourt to determine the TVL Championship. The LadyCats set the pace with their pressure defense by holding the Chargers to only 6 first quarter points and securing a 24-15 lead at the half. Both offenses cranked up the scoring punch with Burlington outpacing Cherryvale 23-19 in third quarter scoring and finishing off the Chargers for a 67-42 win and the TVL crown with a perfect 8-0 league record.
The Wildcats battled Caney Valley toe to toe from the opening tip to the final buzzer. With the score tied 58-58, Caney hits two free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Grant Shells three point shot fails to fall as time runs out for the Cats. Tuesday night the Cats found redemption as they blasted past Yates Center 68-45 on the road to win the Hyway 75 Wildcat Rumble. Returning home to face the Cherryvale Chargers, the Wildcats controlled the pace of play in the first half to build a 31-24 lead at halftime. A 17-6 run through the third quarter set the Cats up for the 61-41 win. Wildcats finish the regular season 12-8 and 4th place in TVL.
Class 4A Div II sub-state in Garnett finds both teams seeded #1 and playing Anderson County. Girls tipoff at 7:30 Thursday with the boys at 7:30 on Friday. Iola and Prairie View boys and girls teams play at 6:00 both nights. Saturday finds the winners facing off at 6:00 for the girls and 7:30 for the boys to earn a trip to Park Citys Hartman Arena for the KSHSSA State Tournament.
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