Lady Chiefs dominate districts, advance to state playoffs
Single-elimination tournaments can sometimes yield some wildly unpredictable results. In the Class 2 District 15 girls basketball tournament, however, the top-seeded (and clear-cut favorites) Santa Fe Lady Chiefs stuck to their usual script, winning all three of their games by 21-plus points en-route to earning the district championship.
Their first-round matchup came against the Lutheran (Kansas City) High School Lady Knights on Monday, Feb. 19. Behind senior Sadie Limback’s 33-point outburst, the Lady Chiefs pulled out the easy victory, winning 62-41.
Weather delayed the process a bit, but the Lady Chiefs picked up right where they left off when they returned to the court on Friday, Feb. 23, against North Platte High School. Despite a slow start (12-10 lead for NPHS after the first quarter), Santa Fe found their stride, pulling away with a 69-46 victory. Limback picked up 22 points, while sophomore Carrigan Smith put in 21 points of her own. Junior Josey Burton also contributed 15 points.
Their third and final matchup was also devoid of much competition, as the Lady Chiefs ran away with the district championship with a 53-42 victory against Northland Christian High School on Saturday, Feb. 24. Smith’s first five baskets were all three-pointers as she would end with 19 points.
The Lady Chiefs have been about as dominant as they come in Class 2, ending the season as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s (MBCA) ninth-ranked team in their final poll, coming on Feb. 14.
The Lady Chiefs’ first round matchup is one that is unfortunate for both teams involved, as two of the top teams in the tournament will face off on Wednesday, Feb. 28, when Santa Fe meets up with Mid-Buchanan High School (26-2) at Staley High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The winner of this matchup will have a much easier time moving forward, as no matchup with another MBCA top-10 team could occur before the championship game.
For updates on how the Lady Chiefs do in the state playoffs, be sure to check out theconcordianonline.com.
The Concordian wishes head coach Jeremy Hobbs and the Lady Chiefs the best of luck as they pursue a state championship.