Prep basketball: Top-seeded Gremlin boys, Windsor girls seek titles after snow pushes games to Friday
The Sacred Heart boys basketball team and the Windsor girls basketball team got an extra day to prepare.
With snowfall making Sweet Springs High School a difficult place to get to, the boys and girls championship games in Class 2, District 14 were rescheduled from Thursday to Friday.
Gremlins coach Steve Goodwin and Greyhounds coach Brad Forrest aren’t changing their gameplans just because the date of the game is different.
“I think were ready,” Forrest said. “We’re not going to change too much. We’re pretty familiar with what they do.”
No. 1 seed Sacred Heart will face a No. 3-seeded Santa Fe team that beat host Sweet Springs 77-74 in triple overtime in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Two Santa Fe players — Andrew Curry and Chad Tieman — average more than 10 points per game, with junior Keaton Graf averaging 9.8.
“They shoot the ball really well and they have one of the best athletes in the area in Curry,” Goodwin said. “They just have a lot of nice pieces. They have lots of weapons.”
Tieman scored 21 points in the win over Sweet Springs, including eight during a 9-0 fourth quarter run to put his team ahead by three.
“I think he’s an excellent player,” Goodwin said. “We’re just going to go try to play as hard as we can.”
Sacred Heart defeated the Chiefs 60-34 at the W-K Shootout in December, but since then Santa Fe has been on a roll. Since Jan. 25 the Chiefs are 8-2 and average close to 70 points per game.
“I think they’re a lot better now and I think it’s going to be a really good ballgame,” Goodwin said. “They’re well coached and they have a lot of size.”
Windsor will also face a team it played earlier in the season. They Greyhounds beat Crest Ridge 46-39 on Jan. 5 at UCM.
“They are solid defensively,” Forrest said. “They play pretty good team defense. I think we saw that (in the district semifinal) against Sacred Heart. We played pretty well when we played them. We shot the ball pretty well. They execute very well, they don’t make many mistakes.”
One key will be slowing down Crest Ridge senior center Breanna Wonderly, who scored eight points in the first half of the Lady Cougars’ win over Sacred Heart.
“We have to be physical with her,” Forrest said. “We can’t let her catch in open space. We have to maintain constant contact with her. We can’t let her drive to the basket.”
Forrest said his team will be as aggressive on offense as they always have been this season.
“That’s who we are,” he said. “It’s too late in the season to change things.”
The girls district final will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow at 7:30 p.m.
CLASS 2, DISTRICT 8 CHAMPIONSHIPS
BOYS: Sacred Heart vs. Santa Fe
7:30 p.m. Friday at Sweet Springs
GIRLS: Windsor vs. Crest Ridge
6 p.m. Friday at Sweet Springs
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