Pairings set for Thursday opener at Hutch

Pairings for the Class 3A state basketball tournament were announced Sunday, with all girls? teams opening on Thursday in Hutchinson.

With a group of four 18-5 teams in the eight-team field, Marion, seeded sixth, will face No. 3 Beloit at 4:45 p.m., while Hillsboro, seeded fifth, will take on No. 4 Garden Plain at 8:15 p.m.

Marion and Hillsboro are on opposite sides of the bracket. If Marion defeats Beloit, the Warriors would play the winner of No. 2 Jefferson County North (22-1) and No. 7 Frontenac (17-6) at 3 p.m. Friday.

If the Trojans were to get past Garden Plain, they would play the winner of No. 1 Thomas More Prep (22-1) and No. 8 Riley County (13-10) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Garden Plain defeated Hillsboro in the second game of the season, 41-39.

Area basketball fans may have noticed that five schools that were part of the Trojan Classic in January made it to state: Hillsboro, Marion, TMP, Riley County and Hesston (17-6, seeded seventh in Class 4A).

TMP won the tournament title with a 45-42 victory over Hillsboro.

For the MCAA boys, Wichita Collegiate (22-1) is the No. 1 seed at Hutchinson while Halstead (19-4) is the fifth seed. In Class 4A, Nickerson (17-6) will represent the league as the sixth seed.

This is the last year for the Mid-Central Activities Association.

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