Indians win in Wichita; SM North moves into semi-finals as Weathers brothers combine for 45 points

Michael Weathers led the Indian attack with 24 points Thursday night.
Michael Weathers led the Indian attack with 24 points Thursday night. All photos by Kati Sneegas

SM North moved to within two games of a state championship Thursday night. The Indians defeated Wichita East in the boys 6A state tournament matchup in Wichita with a sea of North fans in the bleachers.

SM North held on for a dramatic 55-52 win after Wichita brought the game within two points at 53-51 with 50 seconds left in the game and possession of the ball. Michael Weathers sealed the win by hitting two foul shots after a Wichita miss. A final three-point attempt to tie by Wichita also was off the mark.

Scoring leaders Michael and Marcus Weathers combined to lead the Indians offense again with 45 points between them. Michael had 24 points while Marcus had 21 points and seven rebounds.

SM North was able to hold Wichita star Xavier Kelly to eight points.

SM North coach Steve Stitzer credited the difficult schedule his team faced during the regular season for getting them ready for the tournament. “These guys, this team has been through every situation you can think of this year,” Stitzer told the Wichita Eagle. “We’ve played an incredibly tough schedule so a game like this is something we’re prepared for.”

The Indians, who are now 19-4 on the season, face Blue Valley Northwest (19-4) in one of tonight’s semifinal games. The championship is Saturday night.

Wichita could not stop the power of Marcus Weathers.
Wichita could not stop the power of Marcus Weathers.
Principal Richard Kramer and the Indian cheering section celebrated.
Principal Richard Kramer and the Indian cheering section celebrated.
It was a wrenching night for fans.
It was a wrenching night for fans.
Coach Steve Stitzer directed the Indians from the sidelines.
Coach Steve Stitzer directed the Indians from the sidelines.