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Doniphan West and Wetmore split in their final games of the regular season
By Trey Lyle
Copyright: MSC Sports

On Tuesday night at Doniphan West, the Doniphan West girls basketball team cruised to a dominant win ending their regular season on a high note. While in the other game on the night was a hard-fought battle that saw the Cardinals get it done late to end their regular season with a win.  


GIRLS- Doniphan West 64, Wetmore 38

 Doniphan West Girls basketball team was able to get a big win on Tuesday night after a dominant second quarter, including a 19-0 run that started in the middle of the first quarter when the game was at 10-10. After leading 19-10 after the first quarter, the Mustangs controlled the second quarter 21-4 and were able to cruise to a commanding win that included a running clock in the fourth quarter. 

 Makinley Smith in her last regular-season home game as a Mustang, scored 18 points, 10 in the second half, and perfect from the free-throw line hitting all six of her free throws. Mayah Olson also had a great night scoring 17 points, including five from three-point range. Chloe Clevenger also had a career night she scored 14 points, including four from three-point range. The team in total was hot from the three-point line hitting ten from deep. 

 The Cardinals had three players carry the load offensively, as Kenzie Strathman scored 17, Regan Osterhaus had 11, and Alyssa Bloom scored 9. The only other player to score for the Cardinals was Makayla Mock, who had one point. 

 The Mustangs were able to clinch the 2-seed with the win in the 1A regional in Valley Falls, and they will host Onaga. Wetmore, despite the loss, also will get a home game in the 1A regional as the 4-seed and host Troy. Both games will be next Tuesday. 


BOYS-Doniphan West 43, Wetmore Cardinals 46

    One of the best games of the season happened on Tuesday night as Wetmore was able to surge late to get a three-point win to snap their four-game losing streak. Wetmore had control for a majority of the first half getting as big of a lead 10 with 5 minutes left in the first half. However, after a Mustang's timeout, they closed on a 10-0, including a buzzer-beating deep two by Cooper Clark to tie the game and seize the momentum of the game. The Mustangs had a lead for a majority of the second half, including a three-point lead with one minute left in the game. But despite the Cardinals' leading scorer Braden Henry fouling out in the fourth quarter. Wetmore went on a 6-0 in the final minute, including a big steal and basket from Eric Bloom to push their lead to three with ten seconds left. Doniphan West was unable to hit a basket late to tie the game and force overtime as a whole struggled from the three-point line, only making two the whole game and none in that fourth quarter.    

 Kyler Wommack had a massive night, including a big first-half scoring 14 points in the first half, finishing with 16 points for Wetmore. Braden Henry had 8 points, and Eric Bloom had 7 points. As a team that came into the game averaging 24 turnovers a game, they only committed 12 in this contest. 

 Despite the loss, Cooper Clark had a career night for the Mustangs, as he scored 23 points. Trent Spiker had 12 points as Doniphan West tried to use their size to overpower the Cardinals. 

 The Cardinals clinch the four-seed with the win in the 1-A regional in Valley Falls and host Troy in the first round on Tuesday. The Mustangs with the loss fell to the six-seed and go on the road to race the three-seed Burlingame on Monday. 



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Makinley Smith for Doniphan West and Kyler Wommack for Wetmore 

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