Area District Basketball recap
Concordia High School
After two commanding victories in the first two rounds of the Class 2 District 15 tournament — first against Northland Christian High School, a 58-26 drubbing on Wednesday, Feb. 21, followed by a 60-48 victory against North Platte High School on Friday, Feb. 23 — the two-seeded Concordia High School Orioles fell in the district championship to conference foe Wellington-Napoleon High School, 60-43. The Orioles finished their season with a 17-10 (5-2 in conference) record.
The Class 2 District 15’s six-seed, the Concordia High School Orioles, were defeated in their first round matchup with the Lone Jack High School Lady Mules, falling 58-45 on Feb. 19. They finished with a record of 11-1 (3-4 in conference).
Saint Paul Lutheran High School
After defeating Lexington High School on Thursday, Feb. 22, a 61-27 blowout in their first matchup of the Class 3 District 15 tournament (on the heels of a first round bye), the top-seeded Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints boys basketball team took on Richmond High School on Friday, Feb. 23, for the district championship. In the championship game, the Saints were able to defeat the Spartans 72-58, securing the district championship. They will play Maryville High School in the first round of the state tournament at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Excelsior Springs High School.
Heading into the Maryville game, the Saints are 22-3 (7-0 in conference).
After defeating the Carrollton High School Lady Trojans on Monday, Feb. 19, a 49-40 result in the first round of the Class 3 District 15 tournament, the four-seeded Saints lost a 55-51 nail-biter to the Lafayette County High School Lady Huskers (the eventual district champion). The Saints finished their season 10-15 (2-5 in conference).
Santa Fe High School
After a first-round victory in the Class 2 District 15 tournament against Lutheran (Kansas City) High School, a 62-47 victory on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the four-seeded Santa Fe High School Chiefs fell to eventual-champion Wellington-Napoleon High School, 68-48, on Friday, Feb. 23. The Chiefs finished their season with a 15-12 (3-4 in conference) record.
After two consecutive blowouts in the first two rounds of their Class 2 District 15 tournament — a 62-41 victory against Lutheran (Kansas City) High School on Monday, Feb. 19, and a 69-46 win against North Platte High School on Friday, Feb. 23 — the top-seeded Santa Fe High School Lady Chiefs dubbed Northland Christian High School in the championship, advancing with a 53-32 victory on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Up next for the Lady Chiefs is a state playoff first round matchup with Mid-Buchanan High School Lady Dragons at neutral-site Staley High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Heading into the matchup, the Lady Chiefs are 24-4 (5-2 in conference) on the season.
Sweet Springs High School
After knocking off Tipton High School 58-49 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds — seeded fifth in the Class 2 District 14 tournament — fell to eventual district champion Sacred Heart High School, 60-42, in their second round matchup on Friday, Feb 23. The Greyhounds finished their season at 16-11 (4-3 in conference).
In their first round matchup, the Sweet Springs High School Lady Greyhounds — the six-seed in the Class 2 District 12 tournament — fell to eventual district champion Tipton High School 50-40. The Lady Greyhounds finished their season with a 7-19 (1-6 in conference) record.