SPRING HILL — The Spring Hill Lady Broncos (11-8) advanced to the Class 5A substate championship game against Kansas City Schlagle. It was the fourth consecutive trip to the substate finals for the Lady Broncos. Spring Hill played the Paola Lady Panthers in three straight Class 4A substate title games.
Spring Hill trailed Schlagle by 18 points and rallied to pull within single digits, falling to the Stallions by nine points, 63-54.
Five members of the Lady Broncos were recognized on the Tri-County Spotlight Girls Team.
Bella Todd was a first-team selection at center. Todd was also named the Spotlight girls player of the year, (See related story).
“She was a great leader for our team by always putting the team first,” Spring Hill coach Clay Frigon said.
Forward Lauren Delker and forward Katelyn Frank were second-team selections. Guards Megan Goff and Alayney Steging were honorable mention.
The Paola Lady Panthers advanced to the Class 4A substate championship game for the seventh consecutive time.
Forward Trinity McDow and center Brayden Hanf were first-team selections.
Forward Kate Ediger and guard Madison Bryant were honorable mention.
Louisburg Lady Cats forward Madilyn Melton and guard Carson Buffington were first-team selections. Alyse Moore was honorable mention.
Osawatomie guard Allie Lagasse and guard Lindsay Shippy were second team selections. Center Emma Seidl was honorable mention.
Guard Grace Aust was a second-team selection for the Prairie View Lady Buffalos. Center Abby Kellerman and forward Kenna Walker were honorable mention.
Todd averaged 12.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and one assist per game. She shot 45 percent from the floor for the Lady Broncos. Todd posted five double-doubles on the season.
McDow averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She shot 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range.
Hanf averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Paola Lady Panthers.
Melton posted 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. She shot 46 percent from the floor.
“Madilyn has committed herself and puts in a great deal of work to improve as a player,” Louisburg coach Shawn Lowry said. “She is humble, unselfish, hardworking and a great teammate. I can’t say enough about what a great kid she is, both on and off the court.”
Buffington averaged 8.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game.
Buffington is a three-time All-Frontier League selection, two-time Spotlight first team and two time Class 4A All-State Girls selection.
““As fine a basketball player as Carson is, she is even a finer young woman,” Lowry said. “She has not only shown the ability to remain steadfast during adversity but leads and makes those around her better.”
First-team Spotlight players averaged more than 50 points and 30 rebounds per game.
Delker posted 11.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Frank averaged 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. She scored a team-high 18 points with three 3-pointers to lead the Lady Broncos to a close win against Metro Academy.
Lagasse was a team leader for Osawatomie. She was a defensive spark-plug and offensive playmaker. Lagasse helped lead the Lady Trojans to an 8-13 record.
Shippy was the field general for the Lady Trojans. The offense flowed through her.
Aust was a team- eader on and off the court for Prairie View. She averaged nine points per game.
Seidl was a force in the paint for the Osawatomie girls. She was one of the top rebounders on the team.
Kellerman posted six points and five rebounds per game.
Walker was a strong rebounder for Prairie View. She averaged five points and five rebounds.
Moore averaged 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals.
Ediger averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Bryant was a spark plug for the team, helping run the offense and attacking the glass.
Due to an injury, Goff saw action in just 13 of 21 games for the Lady Broncos.
Goff came back and helped lead the Lady Broncos to the substate title game. She was a team leader.
Steging filled in for the Spring Hill girls when Goff was injured. She average 5.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.