Class 4A (Coffeyville)

Columbus (4-16) at Labette County (15-5)

Not that it's ever good luck to meet up with a 15-5 team when you're 4-16 but this could be the worst possible time for the Columbus Titans during their opening substate game with the Labette County Grizzlies.

Class 4A (Coffeyville)

Columbus (4-16) at Labette County (15-5)

Not that it's ever good luck to meet up with a 15-5 team when you're 4-16 but this could be the worst possible time for the Columbus Titans during their opening substate game with the Labette County Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies lost a 54-53 heartbreaker in double overtime to Fort Scott on Thursday night, costing them a Southeast Kansas League title and perhaps even worse, their Labette County rivals — the Parsons Vikings — ended up SEK champions as a result after Parsons defeated Coffeyville on Thursday and Labette County lost its final two regular season games.

Columbus went 0-for-8 in SEK games, its final season in the league before starting play in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League next school year. The Titans, a very young team featuring one senior in the starting lineup, last won against Galena on Jan. 24, culminating a three-game winning streak that began against Riverton in the Lancer Classic. Since then, it's been an uphill struggle for Columbus.

Baxter Springs (14-6) at Parsons (15-5)

The Vikings and the Lions previously met on Dec. 6, the second night of Kansas high school basketball.

Parsons defeated Baxter Springs 42-25; key Baxter players Nina Spence, Tasha Wampler, Ashleigh Grimes and Aleigh Grimes combined to shoot 5-for-33 (15.1 percent) and score 20 points. Aleigh Grimes has been out of the lineup since the Parsons game due to injury and she logged 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during her two games.

On the season, Wampler averages 13.4 points and 7.0 rebounds, Spence 12.7 points and 3.7 steals and Ashleigh Grimes 8.8 points. Deeper opponents like Frontenac and Girard took advantage of Baxter Springs fatigue and foul trouble during comeback wins.

For SEK League champs Parsons (first SEK title since 1993), the Kemp twins, Taylor and Sierra, have proven double-trouble for opponents and Kiralyn Mosier provides a legitimate outside shooting threat. Daza Werner and Sawyer Woodworth are key role players.

The Vikings have wins over Girard and Pittsburg but two losses against top seed Labette County, their potential semifinal opponent.

Coffeyville (4-16) at Pittsburg (16-4)

The Purple Dragons and the Golden Tornado meet for the third time, both previous meetings this season taken by Pittsburg — 51-43 in Coffeyville and 46-29 in Pittsburg.

It will be a game of contrasting styles. Pittsburg forwards Lizzy Willis and Skyler Muff and center Mariah Forrest have combined to score 69 of a total 97 points scored this season against Coffeyville. Muff scored a career-high 24 points the first game and Willis led with 15 the second game. Brianna Maxwell and Bethanne Elliott give Pittsburg additional interior depth and presence.

Coffeyville, meanwhile, will try and get out in transition as much as possible where a fleet, more athletic player like sophomore Devin Cosper flourishes rather than a more traditional halfcourt game. Its pressure defense turned a clearcut blowout into a deceptive 46-29 final score, forcing 18 Pittsburg turnovers, mostly in the final two quarters.

With senior guard Mackenzie Spresser likely out Monday night, freshman guard Katy Short and senior wing Ashley Willis will be counted on for additional ballhandling and perimeter scoring duties in Spresser's absence.

Independence (8-12) at Girard (15-5)

The Bulldogs ended Girard's season last year in the semifinals during an epic 59-52 overtime game highlighted by Girard coming back from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Kenzie Dunlap hit a 3-pointer in the waning moments of regulation to force overtime, but Independence outscored Girard 10-3 in the extra period for the win. The Bulldogs then defeated Labette County in the finals to advance to the Class 4A state tournament.

Those were different times and those were different teams. Independence graduated Kelby McGrath and Chelsea Mundy, among other key contributors, and sophomore Makenzie Vining ended up at Caney Valley. Girard lost Dunlap and Kylie Kunshek to graduation and senior Randi Pierce to health issues.

Back in January, Girard defeated Independence 43-36 in the first round of the Wilson County Classic. Jordan Davied and Hadyn Herlocker combined for 33 points (Davied 17, Herlocker 16) while Jordan Sutton and Kylie Ewing both paced Independence with eight. Girard senior forward Danica Kelly did not play against Independence the first time and key role players like Carly Heatherly and Hope McLeod have picked up their offense during February.

State tournament appearances: Baxter Springs 6 (1984, 85, 87, 94, 2005, 06), Coffeyville 1 (1985), Columbus 3 (1977, 83, 2007), Girard 2 (2009, 10), Independence 15 (1973, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 2002, 11), Labette County 18 (1976, 78, 79, 82, 87, 89, 90, 95, 96, 97, 98, 2000, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08), Parsons 4 (1983, 84, 86, 93), Pittsburg 6 (1977, 80, 81, 89, 98, 99).

Class 3A (Erie)

Southeast (12-8) at Cherryvale (12-8)

The Lancers proved themselves to be one of the more inconsistent basketball teams in the area. Two straight losses, nine straight wins, five straight losses, two straight wins, one loss and one win add up to a 12-8 record.

Poor free throw shooting especially hurt Southeast in several games that could have swung back in the Lancers' favor with better free throw shooting. For example, the Lancers missed 13 free throws against Frontenac in a seven-point Lancer Classic championship game loss and missed 13 free throws for a second consecutive game in their CNC opener against Baxter Springs, a 49-43 loss in overtime. Southeast shoots below 50 percent on the season.

High turnover numbers have also been detrimental with 10 games of at least 20 turnovers. During their nine-game winning streak, the Lancers only committed more than 20 turnovers three times, including a 58-50 double-overtime victory in the Lancer Classic semifinals over the Indians of Oswego (18-2), who had an undefeated record until the Lancer Classic semis.

Senior post Christine Bone, sophomore point guard Amy Martin, sophomore forward Rachel Bole and freshman Olivia Powell have been key players all season. Bone can be dominant at times and her presence alone on the court often results in wide-open shots for her teammates. Key for Southeast will be making those mid-range and outside shots.

Tri-Valley League member Cherryvale revolves around four players very capable of scoring the basketball on any given night.

Sophomore forward Jace Adkison leads the Chargers with a 12.2 scoring average and she's been in double figures 15 of 20 games with season-highs of 27 against Eureka and 23 both games against Fredonia. Senior guard Andrea Hucke averages 11.9 points and she's reached double figures 14 times. Sophomore guard Josie Reilly averages 10.9 points and scored a season-best 25 against Caney Valley. Sophomore forward Katelynn Main averages 9.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists, and will most likely draw the challenge of guarding Bone inside.

Cherryvale has five of its eight losses against Tri-Valley members Burlington (state-ranked at 19-1) and Caney Valley.

Riverton (6-12) at Caney Valley (15-5)

The Bullpups have one of each — a talented freshman (Desiree Nelson), a talented sophomore (Makenzie Vining), a talented junior (Bethany Barlow) and a talented senior (Kayla Clapp).

For example, in a recent game against Cherryvale, Vining led Caney Valley with 22 points, followed by Nelson at 15, Barlow 14 and Clapp 12.

Caney Valley lost in overtime of the Wilson County Classic title game against Pittsburg, 58-53. Barlow led all scorers with 17 points and Desiree Nelson added 15. The Bullpups have lost consecutive Wilson County title games to Crawford County teams — Girard and Pittsburg.

Riverton features one of the top scorers in the CNC, senior guard Taylor Price. Price went for 22 points against both Frontenac and Colgan. She's capable of a big night every night.

Erie (10-10) at St. Mary's Colgan (12-6)

The Panthers started out the season heavily dependent on the performance of senior Brandee Main and their fortunes rose or sank on her shoulders every night out.
However, over the course of a season where Colgan finished third behind Girard and Frontenac in the CNC and the Panthers won seven of their final 10 games with their only losses to Girard, Frontenac and Liberal, Colgan developed multiple options — freshman point guard Alex Minton, junior forward Nichole Kolarik, freshman forward Katie Kolarik, junior shooting specialist Taylor Bolinger and junior post Mariah Klenke.

Now, opponents will most likely pay if they key on Main and make her teammates beat them. Recently, three or four or five Colgan players have been scoring double figures.

The Red Devils feature sophomore Bret McGuire, who definitely had no slump her sophomore year. She averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals. She reached double figures her last seven games and in fact her last game below 10 points came against Colgan in a 44-33 loss on Jan. 24 at St. Mary's Colgan Fieldhouse. It's a sharp dropoff in production from McGuire to second-leading scorer Kailey Cleaver at 8.9 points.

State tournament appearances: Caney Valley 1 (1993), Cherryvale 2 (2008, 09), Colgan 7 (1994, 95, 96, 2007, 08, 09, 10), Erie 13 (1983, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2002), Frontenac 15 (1976, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 03, 04, 10), Galena 0, Riverton 1 (1998), Southeast 2 (1980, 92).

Class 2A (Uniontown)

Marmaton Valley (2-18) at Oswego (18-2)

With inverted records, mismatches on paper rarely come as mismatched as this game between the Indians and the Wildcats.

Oswego already owns three wins over Marmaton Valley — 47-11 in December, 57-22 in the Lancer Classic and 58-25 in league play — and its fourth will mean Oswego moves one step closer to its first state tournament berth since 1987.

The Indians have four veteran players around double figures every night: junior co-captain and leading scorer Sydney Pemberton, senior co-captain Kinzie Nesbitt, junior guard Jaymie Nesbitt and junior Bricynn Johnson.

Northeast (8-12) at Sedan (11-9)
A two-hour road trip awaits second-year head coach Lori Murphy and her Vikings on Monday night.

Senior forward Jessica Choate, senior post Kenzi Tims and freshman guard Kaylee Bogina look to engineer a mild upset of the host Blue Devils.

Yates Center (5-15) at Madison/Hamilton (14-6)

The Wildcats of Yates Center take a step down from a regular season finale against state-ranked Burlington (19-1) to a substate game against a Madison/Hamilton team 14-6 on the season. However, the Bulldogs have won 8 of their last 10 contests and the Wildcats have lost 8 of 10.

West Elk (8-13) at Uniontown (13-7)

The Eagles of Uniontown are led by three players — junior captain Hayden Rathbun, senior forward Jacy Ermel and senior captain Hope Jurgensen. All three players average right around 12 points per game.

Uniontown had won seven games in a row until a 54-51 loss to Southern Coffey County on Tuesday.

Senior forward Alex Zaragoza and sophomore guard Miranda Silvey lead the Patriots — Zaragoza 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals and Silvey 7.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals.

Uniontown defeated West Elk 43-31 in January.

State tournament appearances: Madison/Hamilton 6 (1978, 79, 80, 82, 84, 85), Marmaton Valley 2 (1975, 76), Northeast 0, Oswego 1 (1987), Sedan 3 (1979, 2004, 06), Uniontown 2 (1992, 2003), West Elk 1 (1990), Yates Center 8 (1975, 79, 80, 89, 97, 2000, 02, 03).