Well. The atmosphere before tipoff was a lot of fun, at least.
But once the action had started in SM East’s packed (and we mean really, really packed — so packed the fire marshall kept a long line of fans waiting outside) gym Friday, the home fans didn’t have much to cheer about. Quick offensive weapons like center Josh Pederson and stout team defense propelled the SM South Raiders to a 24-12 lead in the first quarter. And while the Lancers mustered a decent run in the third quarter that cut SM South’s lead to seven, the Raiders quickly regained momentum and closed out the game for a 65-47 win that earned them the Sunflower League Title.
It was a disappointment, to be sure, for an SM East team that had only dropped one game — a road loss to host McPherson High School in the title game of a statewide invitational tournament — all year. But the Lancers will enter substate play Wednesday as heavy favorites against a 3-16 Wyandotte team. Should they beat the Bulldogs, they would face either 7-13 Blue Valley or 12-8 SM Northwest, who they defeated Feb. 8, on Friday with a trip to state on the line.
The Lancers tip against the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the SM East gym.
For a look back at the highlights from the Senior Night against SM South, check out this video from Brian Libeer: