Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Basketball Teams Split January Openers


TOPEKA HIGH GIRLS 92, JUNCTION CITY 34

After seeing Friday’s game at Seaman postponed because of low numbers on the Viking team, the Topeka High girls were chomping at the bit to get back on the court. Saturday, Junction City took the brunt of that bite.

Topeka High smacked the visiting Blue Jays with a 33-point first quarter and built a 41-point halftime lead, rolling to a 92-34 victory. Kiki Smith scored a game-high 27 points, hitting 10 of 15 field goals and all six free throw attempts. NiJaree Canady added 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and also had 12 rebounds and Talayah Thomas had 14 points.

In all, 11 Trojans scored in the rout, High’s 27th straight victory. High led 33-4 at the end of the first quarter and 57-16 at halftime against the Blue Jays, who had a quick turnaround after a 40-25 loss to Emporia on Friday night.

Mellana Davis led Junction City with 14 points.

Junction City;4;12;10;8;—;34

Topeka High;33;24;27;8;—;92

Junction City (1-5, 0-4) — Harris 0-2 0-0 0, M. Davis 6-15 2-4 14, Deguzman 0-1 0-0 0, Rivera 3 2-3 9, A. Davis 2-7 3-4 7, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, O’Neal 1-3 0-0 2, Holloway 0-1 2-2 2, Nabus 0-0 0-0 0, Gold 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-43 9-13 34.

Topeka High (4-0, 4-0) — L. Smith 2-5 2-2 7, Thomas 6-9 1-1 14, K. Smith 10-15 6-6 27, Hendricks 2-6 2-2 6, Canady 8-11 5-8 21, A. Caryl 1-3 2-3 4, Z. Caryl 1-2 0-0 2, Shields 2-4 0-0 3, Wiley 0-1 0-0 0, Zimmerman 1-1 0-0 2, Fulton 0-1 0-0 0, Baird 0-0 2-4 2, Leesman 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 33-58 22-28 92.

SEAMAN BOYS 50, TOPEKA HIGH 48

Close games have been a calling card for the Seaman boys this season, with three of their five games before Christmas going to overtime. So naturally, 2021 began in somewhat similar fashion.

The Vikings didn’t experience another overtime game with visiting Topeka High, but came darn close. Seaman saw the Trojans erase nearly all of an 11-point lead in the final quarter and have a chance to tie after the Vikings turned it over with 15 seconds left.

But Ty Henry came up with a huge blocked shot of Naz Phillips’ layup attempt with 10 seconds left. Henry corralled the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to restore a four-point lead before High got a layup just before the buzzer from Isiah Esquibel to end the game.

“High frustrated us with their junk defenses in the first three quarters,” Seaman coach Craig Cox said. “I was proud of our players for working through it and building a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but our poor decision-making in the last few minutes almost cost us the game.”

Seaman trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 23-20 at halftime before taking a 35-33 lead into the fourth quarter. Mateo Hyman, returning after missing three straight games, keyed Seaman’s second-half surge, scoring 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half. He had nine in the fourth quarter as Seaman stretched its lead to 11, 44-33, with more than five minutes left.

But Esquibel led High’s comeback, scoring nine in the fourth quarter, as well. He finished with 23 points to lead all scorers and helped the Trojans stay in the game despite playing without leading scorer Jalen Smith.

Jayden Leesman added 13 for High, which fell to 0-4. Henry backed Hyman’s 18 points with 11 points as Seaman surpassed last year’s win total, moving to 3-3.

Topeka High;12;11;10;15;—;48

Seaman;8;12;15;15;—;50

Topeka High (0-4, 0-4) — Esquibel 10 1-1 23, Wilson 1 0-2 2, Walker 2 0-0 4, Leesman 6 1-3 13, Canady 2 0-1 4, Phillips 0 0-0 0, McMillon 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 2-7 48.

Seaman (3-3, 3-3) — Henry 4 2-2 11, Bonner 2 0-0 5, Stallbaumer 1 0-0 2, Kobuszewksi 1 0-0 2, Davis 2 4-4 9, Hyman 7 3-3 18, Brewer 0 1-2 1, Gormley 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 10-11 50.

3-point goals — High 2 (Esquibel 2); Seaman 4 (Henry, Bonner, Davis, Hyman). Total fouls — High 15, Seaman 10. Fouled out — none.