Olathe South advances to finals

By Steve Sell
January 30, 2015
Kendall Shaw

There were many who believed the two best teams of the Mid America Classic were meeting in the first semifinal on Friday.

Ranked Class 6A powers Olathe South and Manhattan, who were third and fourth at last year's state tourney, respectively, put their 9-2 records on the line.

Also at stake was South’s 10-0 all-time Classic record as it has won championships in each of its previous three meetings. Not to mention Manhattan is the defending Classic champion.

The Indians fought off the Falcons as long as they could, but South continued its Roundhouse magic with a 54-50 victory to advance to its fourth final in as many attempts.

A terrific third quarter by the Falcons swung the game's momentum as they went from five down at the half, 27-22, to up six, 44-38 after three quarters. South knocked down 8 of 13 shots in the quarter. Center Dajanae Roebuck scored 10 points in the period.

Manhattan could never get any closer than four in the final period

South had started the game out blazing, racing to a 9-2 lead before the game was 3 minutes old. But Manhattan never panicked, outscoring the Falcons 10-0 as South did not score the final 5:34 of the period.

Manhattan continued to run its offense with precision to take a 27-22 lead into the half. Gigi McAtee provided a spark with nine points off the bench with three 3s. But the Indians had some cold stretches in the second half and the Falcons took advantage.

Roebuck and Kala Holder led the winners with 16 points apiece and Jordan Morton added 10. McAtee scored 13 and snared six rebounds for Manhattan, while Kylie James scored 10.

Olathe South (54) — Rehagen 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holder 7-12, 2-2, 16; Matje 2-2, 0-1, 6; Kennett 1-5, 2-3, 4; Duncan 1-3, 0-2, 2; Roebuck 5-10, 6-8, 16; Morton 2-5, 5-6, 10. Totals — 18-38, 15-22, 54. 3-pointers — Matje 2, Morton 1.

Manhattan (50) — McAtee 5-11, 0-0, 13; Ehie 4-8, 0-0, 8; Fiser 0-4, 0-0, 0; Roberts 2-6, 0-0, 4; Thaemert 1-2, 1-1, 3; Wilson 2-7, 2-2, 6; Ballard 2-6, 2-2, 6; James 4-6, 0-0, 10. Totals — 20-53, 5-5, 50. 3-pointers — McAtee 3, James 2.


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