The Barstow High School boys team is the only basketball team in the south Kansas City area that will be representing in the state championship tournament this week. The Barstow Knights will play Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at the Cable Dahmer Civic Center in Independence against Pembroke Hill.
Barstow is coming off a dominant district performance as the top seed in Class 4 District 14. The Knights beat Nevada, 56-42, and defeated Clinton, 66-28, for the district championship. Barstow is in the state tournament after winning just 11 games this season, but proved that what matters is winning at the right time. Only Knob Knoster had won more games than they had lost in the district group.
Pembroke is coming off a 34-33 defeat of Center that will be remembered for the technical foul called against Center for fans stepping on the court in the final moments of the game. The technical awarded Pembroke Hill free throws. They made both and advanced to the state tournament.
Barstow played against Pembroke Hill just a couple weeks ago, Feb. 17, with Pembroke Hill winning, 55-49.
Center lost a heartbreaker to Pembroke Hill in Class 4 District 14, as mentioned above and in another story from the Telegraph.
Ruskin had a successful regular season, winning its third straight conference championship.
For the third time in the month of February, Ruskin and Grandview played each other, this time in the first round of state playoffs at a neutral site in Warrensburg in the first round of the Class 5 District 7 tournament Monday. For the third time, Ruskin was victorious, 52-48.
Grandview (7-12) entered the matchup as the No. 8 seed of the district looking to pull an upset over No. 1 seed Ruskin. The two south Kansas City rivals had to travel to Warrensburg for the state playoff matchup. Grandview led after three quarters, 37-35, but Ruskin held on in the end after a scare.
But Ruskin’s playoff run ended in the next round against Jefferson City, 66-54.
After going 15-10 in the regular season, the Hawklets opened the state playoffs with a 61-38 win over Lee’s Summit North. On March 1st, Rockhurst played a Raytown team that had taken down Raymore-Peculiar, 54-40. Raytown ended Rockhurst’s season as well, 57-53.
Grandview had not lost in over a month entering the matchup against Jefferson City, having won nine straight games. A surprising Jefferson City team held Grandview to just 42 points. Jeff City advanced, 49-42. Grandview, 19-7, recorded its third most wins in school history.
Notre Dame de Sion girls
Sion made it to the Class 4 District 13 championship game, defeating Nevada, 44-34, before losing to Clinton, 44-30. Sion was the No. 2 seed after finishing the season 18-6 and winning the last ten straight games coming into the playoffs.
The Ruskin girls team was the eight-seed in the same district as Grandview, but fell in the first round against a powerful Raytown South, 67-34. Ruskin struggled through the season with a final record of 4-20.
Center, as the No. 4 seed with a 6-14 regular season record defeated Central (KC), 51-48, in the first round. Unfortunately for Center, the Yellowjackets matched up with the No. 1 seed St. Pius X in the next round. St. Pius X was 21-4 in the regular season and defeated Center, 53-22.