There were two monster upsets in the first round of the Class 4A Division I sub-state basketball tournaments Thursday night.
Independence, one of three teams that finished the regular season with a 20-0 record, was shocked by 6-14 Chanute in Altamont, 42-39. The Blue Comets made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win it.
Indy had made the state tournament last year, losing to Hayden in the first round.
McPherson High and Basehor-Linwood, the other 20-0 teams, romped to easy wins over Ulysses and Tonganoxie, respectively. Neither has an easy opponent in the finals, though, as both must beat home teams to advance — McPherson against a Hays team that was 20-0 during the regular season last year and Basehor-Linwood has to defeat Kansas City Piper.
Winfield, expected to cakewalk in its sub-state that was played on its home court, was shocked 65-55 by a Rose Hill team that had gone 3-17 during the regular season. The Rockets can make state by defeating a so-so Wellington team on Saturday.
Hayden, the team McPherson High defeated for the title last year, lost 59-57 to Ottawa in Topeka. That’s hardly an upset, as Hayden was 13-7 and the No. 4 seed and Ottawa was 18-2. Ottawa plays Abilene for the right to advance to state. That was a sub-state where all four teams are probably among the best eight in the class.
The other games went according to form, as Class 4A Division I is perhaps the deepest class in Kansas.