Written by Don Ratzlaff Sunday, 04 March 2012 16:42
The two Marion County high school girls’ teams that qualified for their respective state tournaments Saturday will both open play Thursday afternoon.
Hillsboro, the No. 3 seed at 21-2, will tip off against No. 6 Caney Valley (18-5) at 4:45 p.m. in the Hutchinson Sports Arena. If the Trojans win, they would play the winner of No. 2 Burlington (22-1) and No. 7 Holcomb (17-6) at 3 p.m. Friday. The winner of that semifinals matchup will play for the championship at 4 p.m. Saturday. The semifinals loser will play for third place at noon Saturday.
The quarterfinal games on the other side of the bracket are: No. 1 Atchison County Community of Effingham (22-1) will play No. 8 Beloit (17-6) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and No. 4 Garden Plain (21-2) and No. 5 Silver Lake (19-4) will play at 8:15 p.m.
CLASS 1A - Division I
As the eighth seed, Centre (14-9) will take on No. 1 Hoxie (21-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday in White Auditorium on the campus of Emporia State University. If the Cougars win, they would play the victor between No. 4 Spearville (19-3) and No. 5 Pike Valley of Scandia (18-5) in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday. The championship game begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and the third-place game at noon.
The quarterfinal games on the other side of the bracket are: No. 2 Waverly (21-2) vs. No. 7 Centralia (15-9) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and No. 3 St-John-Hudson (21-2) will play No. 6 Caldwell (17-7) at 8:15 p.m.