By Dean Backes
Chekiel Wright’s game-tying shot in a junior varsity tournament two weeks ago prepared him for what he’d do against Wichita South Tuesday.
The Wichita North sophomore made South’s Lance Russell pay for a missed free throw with four seconds left in regulation when he threw up a half court shot to tie the game with time running out. The Redskins then went on to out score South 14-4 in overtime to seal the 74-64 win.
Wright’s game-saving shot rattled off of the backboard before finally falling through for the score.
“I was giving it some body English, I kind of leaned with it,” North coach Ben Mitchell told the Wichita Eagle. “It had the perfect angle, and he had momentum going toward the bucket, so God kissed that one.”
Wright also hit a 3-pointer with 12-seconds remaining in regulation. He scored six of his eight points in the final 12 seconds of regulation.
The game was marred by three technical fouls. Two technicals came at the hands of South point guard Marky Nolen, who was ejected for drawing the flags. In one incident Nolen was caught throwing a forearm, then with 18 seconds left in the third period he was pitched for hitting a South player in the back of the head.
South coach Deon Allen drew a technical for arguing the ejection between the third and fourth periods.
Allam Plays Sick, Caron Ties School Record
After what Lawrence Free State forward Ashleigh Allam went through Friday morning, it’s a safe bet that nothing could keep the junior away from school on game day.
Although she suffered from a stomach ailment from something she ate Thursday, Allam led the Firebirds to a 43-31 road win over Leavenworth, by scoring 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
“I don’t feel better,” Allam told the Lawrence Journal World. “You just have to forget about it and do what you can do.”
Sophomore Chantay Caron led the way for Free State. The forward scored 14 points, 12 of which came from the charity stripe. In all, Caron made 12 of 17 from the free throw line.
Swimming: Fourth Time is the Charm for Hutchinson
For the first time in the history of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League swimming and diving championships, someone other than Salina Central took the top spot on the podium in the team race.
Hutchinson dethroned Salina Central, who won the last three league championships, by sweeping the top four spots in the 100 breaststroke after building a 21-point edge going into the final two events.
“It’s rough to have it end like that,” Salina Central senior Gavin Smith told the Salina Journal. “Hutchinson is a good team and they deserve it. They were ready to swim today but we went down fighting.”
Despite winning seven of 12 events, Central scored 53 fewer points than Hutchinson’s 398. The Mustangs also set five records in finishing second to the Salt Hawks at Salina South.
Smith set records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. His 55.92-second clocking in the backstroke broke his old mark. David Reid set a new school and league record by swimming the 200 freestyle in a time of 1-minute, 47.05-seconds.
Reid, John Albrecht, Travis Rolfs and Andrew Hrabe teamed up to break the league record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.66. Reid, Albrecht, Hrabe and Smith joined forces to set a new standard in the 400 freestyle relay after swimming to the tune of 3:23.13.
Wrestling: Bishop Carroll Makes it Seven
Bishop Carroll and championships have become somewhat synonymous over the last decade at the City League Wrestling Tournament in Wichita. Carroll continued its domination again Saturday by winning its seventh-straight league championship with ease.
The Golden Eagles sent 11 grapplers into the championship matches as Carroll rolled to a 254.5-157 win over Wichita Northwest. Wichita Heights finished third in the team standings with 150 points. Carroll, who had eight wrestlers crowned champions, took control of the team race by building a 100-point advantage after the first two rounds were completed.
Senior 145-pounder Mitch Arnold won his third straight league title over the weekend.
“I think it went really well,” Arnold told the Wichita Eagle. “You can’t really ask for anything better. We won another tournament as a team, so we’re happy for that.”