The best Wichita Northwest can do is finish in fifth place in the 19th annual Mid America Classic, but that can't take away from the play so far of Cassie Pauls.
Pauls, who had 17 points Thursday in an opening-round loss to Shawnee Mission South, scored 22 Friday in a consolation game, as the Grizzlies moved into Saturday's fifth-place game with a 54-34 victory over Hays.
Pauls' performance was highlighted by a 5-of-8 day from beyond the arc. She scored 13 of her points in the second half as she's making a strong bid for the five-member All-Tournament Team even though the Grizzlies aren't in the winner's bracket.
Northwest evened its record at 6-6 and plays at 3:45 p.m. Friday, while winless Hays, losing its 12th straight, gets an early start on its trip home as it plays for seventh at 2 p.m.
The Grizzlies set the tone early with a 12-4 first quarter and continually added to its advantage from there.
Ten 10 Northwest players broke into the scoring column, eight of them scoring four points or less. Hays was led by Audra Schmeidler with eight.