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3A: Russell Girls Upset Caney Valley

RHS BasketballThe Russell High School girls basketball team led from start to finish and upset third-seeded Caney Valley 50-42 in the first round of the Class 3A State Tournament in Hutchinson on Wednesday, March 6.

Each team struggled from the field out of the gate.  The sixth-seeded Lady Broncos only led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter, but got their offense going after that.  Russell led 23-18 at halftime and 39-27 after three quarters.  Caney Valley (20-2) cut the Lady Broncos' lead to five with about a minute remaining.  But Russell did not let the Lady Bullpups any closer.

Russell hit 9 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished 14 of 22 for the game.

Madison Beagley hit a pair of threes and scored 17 points to lead the Lady Broncos.  Chantal Prester also nailed a pair of three-pointers and scored 11 points.  Janna Schulte had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Russell improves to 19-5 on the season and has won six-straight.  The 19 wins ties the school record for the most wins in a single season.

The Lady Broncos will take on Garden Plain (23-1) in the semifinals on Friday at 3pm at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.  Garden Plain beat Riley County 57-34.

In Wednesday's two other first round games, top-seeded Burlington got a scare, but beat Sabetha 48-46 and Hillsboro topped Holcomb 53-45.

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