Eisenhower boys and girls are headed to State

Eisenhower’s Daniel Southworth dumps a pass into the lane during the Tigers’ substate championship win over league rival Maize South on Friday at EHS.

By Travis Mounts

The Eisenhower boys and girls are headed to the 5A State tournament after winning their substate tournaments.

The boys won their championship game on their home court Friday night, beating Maize South 68-54. The berth in the 5A State tournament comes a year after the Tigers lost their substate championship game when they seemed like a sure thing to go to State.

A late-season loss kept the Tigers (21-1) from being in contention for the top seed in the 5A tournament. Instead, the Tigers are seeded fourth and will face No. 5 Wichita Heights (18-4). That game was at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Topeka Expocenter. The winner will face either No. 1 Lansing (22-0) or No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (11-11) at 4:45 p.m. Friday. The other side of the bracket has No. 2 Hays (22-0) vs. No. 7 Salina Central (13-9), and No. 3 Highland Park (21-1) vs. No. 6 Kansas City-Washington (17-5).

Six of the top 10 teams in 5A are in the tournament, including the top four in the last 5A rankings: No. 1 Lansing, No. 2 Hays, No. 3 Highland Park and No. 4 Eisenhower.

The girls won an exciting overtime game at Bishop Carroll, 57-56. Carroll, the No. 2 seed, and Eisenhower, the third seed, had identical records at 15-6, and Carroll was ranked 10th in Class 5A.

The girls quarterfinal games will be on Thursday. Eisenhower is seeded eighth and will face No. 1 Leavenworth (21-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play Friday against either No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (20-2) or No. 5 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (20-2). The other games include No. 2 Salina Central (21-1) vs. No. 7 St. James Academy (17-5), and No. 2 Great Bend (20-2) vs. No. 6 Topeka Seaman (19-3).

All semifinal games are Friday. Saturday’s schedule includes: girls third-place game, 12 p.m.; boys third-place game 2 p.m.; girls championship 4 p.m.; boys championship, 6:15 p.m.

The Times-Sentinel will follow the Tigers through the tournament. Look for updates on all the games and the Tigers’ opponents as they advance by checking with us online. The Times-Sentinel website is www.tsnews.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheTimesSentinel or follow us on Twitter at @TimesSentinel1.

Eisenhower’s Trevon Evans scores with authority last Friday during the Tigers’ substate win over Maize South. The Tigers, ranked fourth in the last 5A poll, will be the fourth seed in the 5A State tournament. The Eisenhower girls basketball team qualified for the State tournament on Saturday.