The Abilene High School basketball teams made quick work of Council Grove Tuesday night in Abilene, both games had running clocks in the 4th quarter. The Cowgirls won 57-28, have won 5 of their last 6 and are 13-2 on the season. The Cowboys cruised 76-36, have won 6 straight and are now 12-3.
The Lady Braves now 9-8, played their third straight NCKL team, they lost 44-38 last Friday at Clay Center, beat Wamego 38-37 on January 28th but were no match for the Cowgirls. Abilene shot 55% from the floor and Council Grove couldn’t keep pace. Abilene led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, 33-17 at halftime, and 49-24 after 3 quarters. The Cowgirls got up by as many as 30 points in the 4th quarter. They double figure out of three players in the same game for the first time this season as Senior, Sydney Burton finished with a game high 20, Senior, Hannah Willey added 15 and for the second straight game Junior, Beth Holmes got to double figures with 11.
The Council Grove boys, overcame a 14 point halftime deficit last season and beat Abilene 61-57. They used that victory to help propel them to the 3A State Tournament. The Braves graduated all five starters off of last year’s state team and started two freshman and it showed. The Cowboys overwhelmed Council Grove, Abilene led 19-14 at the end of the 1st, 39-21 at halftime and 61-32 after 3 quarters. They got up by as many as 44 points in the 4th. The Cowboys were led by Senior, Preston Boyd and Freshman, Kaleb Becker, who both finished with 13 points. Senior, Colton McVann also reached double figures with 11 points. In all, Abilene had 10 different players score in the game.
Abilene will return to league play on Friday with a trip to Wamego. Wamego hosted Chapman Tuesday night and both games went to overtime. The Lady Red Raiders won 55-52 and the Chapman boys won 64-61.