Schlagle High School took the runner-up trophy in the 5A boys basketball state tournament, losing in the final to Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights High School, 66 to 49. The game was played at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on March 11.
Shawnee Heights held a 13-point lead at the half, making 5 of 8 three-point attempts. Schlagle’s shooting was cold in the first half, making only 6 of 29 shots from the field. Schlagle got its offense going in the second half, but was not able to make a dent in the lead.
Sophomore Ronnell Mitchell led the way for the Stallions, scoring 15 points on 6 for 17 shooting, including 2 three-point baskets.
The Schlagle High School boys basketball team upset Salina Central High School 56-53 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs March 9 in Topeka.
Schlagle, the seventh seed, made enough free throws to keep its lead over Central, which was the second seed of the tournament.
With 8 seconds remaining, Central had a last-chance shot to tie the game with a long three-pointer, but missed the mark.
Down by 5 with three minutes remaining in the game, Central shifted to a hacking strategy to conserve the clock, fouling the Schlagle ball handler immediately off the inbounds pass. As a result, Schlagle took 34 free throw shots for the game, versus 12 for Central. Schlagle made 20 of 34.
Schlagle moves on to face Wichita Heights in the tournament semi-finals on March 10. The game will be at 4:45 p.m. today at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.