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Jackson Heights Girls Win Hiawatha Invitational
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

Coming off their best season in 19 years and a runner-up finish at the Hiawatha Invite, the Jackson Heights girls have been soaring to even greater heights this basketball campaign and Monday was one of the best days in team history.  The Lady Cobras were announced as the new number one ranked team for Class 2A in the state by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and backed that up by winning the Hiawatha Invite with a 53-37 victory against Marysville.  It was the sixth mid-season tourney title in program history, but the first since 1991 for Coach Dan Shupe and company.  

Not only was the final day of the 42nd annual HIT pushed back to Monday, but the championship started nearly an hour late and the Cobras came out cold by not making a field goal in the first four minutes of the contest and trailing 7-1 early.  Yet, a couple baskets by Kylie Dohl got JH going and they pulled within 11-9 at the end of the first frame.  Dohl then got really hot scorching the nets for 13 points in the second stanza during a 20-9 quarter that turned the game around and the Cobras never looked back from a 29-20 halftime advantage.  

Amaya Marlatt came to life and scored nine of her 16 points in the third period as Jackson Heights executed an offense to perfection resulting in a ton of layups and started rebounding the basketball much better.  The Cobras built the lead to 20 points at 51-31 in the closing minutes and improved to 10-1 on the season.  Dohl finished with 20 points while lone senior on the team, Trinity McMahon, added eight.  

Jackson Heights returns to the floor Tuesday with a big Northeast Kansas League game at Jeff County North.   

Marysville had 11 of their 18 turnovers in the first half and was led by Nicole Franco with 11 points before falling to 8-6 on the season.  

3rd Place Game = St. Mary's 49, Falls City 40

5th Place Game = Hiawatha 39, Atchison 37  (Sarah Madsen with 11 points)

7th Place Game = Horton 43, Maranatha 37 in overtime (Tabitha Banks and Kailea Smith 10 points each) 

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