HUTCHINSON — One day after going to the ER with a stomachache, Kylee Scheer broke a 31-year-old record with 38 points n No. 1 seed Cheney’s 65-43 quarterfinal win over No. 8 Columbus in the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.
“I’m on meds,” Scheer said after Wednesday’s win at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Scheer, who battled flu-like symptoms during the sub-state tournament last week, said she didn’t feel any pain during the game. “You hit the first one, and it gives you confidence.”
The 38th point came off a corner 3-pointer with 4:22 left to play, putting the Cheney Cardinals (22-2) up 65-36. The Cheney crowd — some of which threw snowballs at the Cheney bus as it road down Main Street earlier in the day during a send-off — started to chant: “We want 40.”
Scheer said she would’ve got it if her father hadn’t pulled her out of the game 40 seconds later.
“She was madder than hell,” Cheney coach Rod Scheer said.
Kylee opened the game with a 3-pointer followed by a steal and runout. Cheney jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Columbus (16-8) bounced back and even tied the game to start the second quarter with a basket by their center Karsyn Youngblood.
Youngblood finished with a team-high 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
But Cheney did what they do best: made steals and knocked down quick points in transition. Cheney won the fast break category, 30-0.
Kylee usually knocks down plenty of shots from the perimeter. She broke the school record of 48 three-point in a season set by her sister, Payton. Kylee now has 55 on the season.
However, the long ball only accounted for 12 points for Kylee against the Titans.
“Pull-up jumper, I don’t know where that came from,” Kylee said.
Kylee also added eight steals. The Cardinals finished with 16 steals, compared to the Titans' seven.
“(Coach) told us defense is gonna win these games,” Kylee said.
The 38 points broke a record of 37 points set by Silver Lake’s Rhonda Matzke in 1988 and tied by Rossville’s Jennifer Perine in 1995. It was also a career-high for Kylee, who previously had a personal best 31 points.
Cheney won the 2010 state championship. Payton, who was in attendance, was a sophomore on 26-0 team just like Kylee is now.
“It’s a lot of déjà vu,” Payton said.