LEOTI — The Plainville Cardinals jumped out to a huge lead in Saturday’s 2A sub-state title game in Leoti, only to see Ellis battle back to tie things up.
But, Plainville had enough in the tank for another big second-half run to secure a trip to the 2A finale with a 69-56 win against its MCL foe.
The Cardinals led 12-2 early before Ellis tied things back up at 20, and had a 27-24 lead at intermission.
But Plainville outscored the Railers 26-8 in the third quarter to pull away entering the fourth.
Ellis had defeated Plainville 58-39 in January.
The Cardinals, the No. 4 seed in the sub-state, upset No. 1 Hoxie and No. 2 Ellis, and will take a 17-6 mark to the 2A finale at Hays’ Gross Memorial Coliseum. Ellis finished 17-6 under first-year head coach Mark Eck.
Norton girls 51, Russell 49
HOISINGTON — Outlasting No. 2 seed Russell, the top-seed Bluejays will enter the 3A state tournament in Hutchinson with a 21-2 mark, having lost just game in Kansas this season. The Bluejays haven’t lost since falling 37-34 to TMP-Marian on Feb. 1.
Trego girls 42, Plainville 26
LEOTI — The Plainville girls came out fired up with a 9-1 lead, but that lead was trimmed to one point at halftime by the Golden Eagles.
Then in the second half it was all Trego. The Golden Eagles started the half on a 12-0 run.
Trego will enter the 2A field in Hays with a 19-3 mark and ranked No. 5 in the final Best of Kansas Preps rankings.
Ness City boys 66, Lakin 58
MEADE — The Eagles will bring a 18-4 mark to the 2A tourney in Hays after taking out Lakin. Ness City picked up a 61-58 win in the first round against Meade, then outlasted No. 2 seed Stanton County, 69-66 in Thursday’s semifinals before pulling away in the fourth quarter for the eight-point win for the championship. The Eagles led by just one point heading to the fourth quarter.
Osborne 61, Northern Valley 47
GREAT BEND — The Osborne Bulldogs remained undefeated, and will be 23-0 heading to the 1A state finale in Dodge City. Osborne defeated Quinter 66-48 in the first round in the Russell sub-state — played at Barton Community College — before taking out second-seeded Northern Valley. The defending state champion Huskies finished their season 22-3.