By NICK McQUEEN
QUINTER -- Anyone associated with, or who has followed the Hoxie High School girls' basketball team this season, knows the Indians are not concerning themselves with what records they might be chasing -- at least not at the moment.
That fact was evident Thursday night even after the Indians did something that 17 years ago might have seemed next to impossible.
But just going off the team's reaction after an 85-28 blowout win against Victoria in the semifinal round of the Class 1A Division I sub-state tournament, you might not know Hoxie just tied Kansas' record with its 91st consecutive victory.
The Indians calmly walked off the court after the final buzzer, congratulated each other, and exchanged handshakes with the Knights before heading to the locker room.
"We're just focused on winning sub-state," said Indian senior Carly Heim, a Fort Hays State University signee who had 18 points in the win. "If the record comes, it comes. We're just focused on getting to state and winning it."
Thursday's win, though, tied the 91 consecutive victories Little River had from 1994 to 98, a mark set 17 seasons ago with four consecutive 1A titles. A win Saturday will mean Hoxie officially will be the new elite of girls' basketball.
But the celebration of that fact will come in due time for the Indians. Right now, the focus remains on a fourth consecutive 1A Division I state title. Hoxie hasn't lost since the 2011-12 campaign, a defeat at the hands of Wichita-Word of Life in the Castle Rock Classic.
"It worked out perfectly" junior guard Terran Hoyt said of the record. "It was already on the way to our goal, so it just happened we get to do both (setting the record and making state) now."
Hoxie (22-0) will take on Stockton (14-8) in Saturday's 6 p.m. sub-state final in Quinter with the winner advancing to next week's 1A Division I state tourney in Emporia.
"We have one more game, so we're trying to focus on that," Indian coach Shelly Hoyt said. "It is a great accomplishment for the former players as well as these girls to carry that on.
"But, we've got more work to do, and that's what we're really excited about right now."
Victoria (5-16), which earned a 55-48 first-round sub-state win against St. Francis on Monday, obviously was the underdog Thursday against the top-ranked juggernaut.
Despite what Hoxie described as a shaky start, the Knights fell down 7-0 out of the gate behind three straight steals for the high-pressure full-court defense by Hoxie. Victoria (5-16) managed seven points through the first five minutes, but then didn't score again until the second quarter. By the end of the first, Hoxie led 27-7.
"We weren't very disciplined early, and that's kind of the key to postseason," Coach Hoyt said. "We had some silly turnovers and some silly fouls.
"We had a 10-day layoff, and I don't like that at all," she added. "Once we got settled in, we kind of got going."
By halftime, Hoxie built up a 49-11 lead on a buzzer-beating layup by sophomore Brynn Niblock off a three-quarter-court pass by Heim that was relayed by sophomore Erin Carter.
"We just needed to get back in it," Heim said of the rhythm of the game. "We've taken a long time off. We're just used to playing with each other, so it's nice to have another game."
That one more game could equal consecutive win No. 92. The Indians' ulimate goal this season, though, will mean No. 95.
Carter led Hoxie with 26 points as Heim and Niblock (10) all reached double figures as eight Indians scored.
Victoria, which had won four straight, was led by freshman Samantha Leiker's 11 points.
Victoria scored nine of its points in the third quarter, and eight more with a continuous fourth-quarter clock.
Stockton 61, Quinter 31
Behind 18 points each for freshmen Delayne Colburn and Haven Hamilton, the Tigers put up 40 first-half points en route to the 30-point victory. Senior Morgan Beougher added 12 for Stockton, the No. 2 seed in the sub-state.
Stockton led 20-13 after one quarter, and 40-22 at halftime. Quinter was led by freshman Kylie Crist's nine points. The Bulldogs, the No. 3 seed, ended their season at 8-14.