Lady Hornets to begin playoffs; Highland boys get final spot

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Blackwell girls are no longer the only area basketball team in the playoffs.
The Highland boys are in after defeating Westbrook 54-44 in the teams’ final regular season game Monday. The victory means that the Hornets, despite finishing in a tie with Westbrook for third place at 5-5, will be District 12-1A’s No. 3 playoff representative due to their two wins in the teams’ head-to-head meetings.
Blackwell is a No. 3 seed as well after finishing 8-4 in District 14-1A. The Lady Hornets begin the playoffs at 8 p.m. today by facing Aspermont, the No. 2 seed from District 13-1A, in a bi-district matchup that will be in Merkel. Blackwell and Aspermont also met in 2017 in bi-district at Merkel, and Blackwell won 45-37 for its first girls postseason victory in 24 years.
Blackwell’s top player is Emilee Sanderson, who is averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. Kiley Cummings is the team’s No. 2 scorer (11 ppg) and has a team-high 3.2 steals.
Other key players for Blackwell are Madison Solis (7.3 points, 7.7 rebounds), Vickie Davis (5.7 points, 5.6 rebounds), Jadyn Feitshans (4.6 points, 1.6 rebounds), Cirstyn Gober (2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds), Carli Powers (3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds) and Shelby Panzer (2.1 points, 3.0 rebounds).
Against Westbrook, Eli Sauer led Highland with 20 points and Jordan Johns added 18 as the Hornets rallied after trailing by three, 27-24, at halftime.