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Jeff West Girls Upend Unbeaten Riley County For 3A Sub State Championship
By Jake W Spalding
Copyright: MSC Sports
03/08/2020
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Hoyt, KS

Class 3A girls sub state at Royal Valley had the Jeff West Tigers battling against the Riley County Falcons with a birth to the 3A state tournament on the line. The Tigers knew that if they played their style of game, they could come away victorious. They did just that, knocking off the Falcons 49-38.

Riley County came in with an unblemished record of 22-0, as the one seed in the Royal Valley sub state and the second ranked team in all of class 3A. However, the Falcons had yet to play a team like the second seed Jeff West Tigers. A team that puts an emphasis on defense, a focus on holding teams well under their season average of points and a team that loves to slow the game down.

Riley County jumped out early scoring the game's first four points, and that four point lead would be their largest and only lead of the game. Jeff West would tie the game up at four, then close the first quarter on a 10-3 run to lead 14-7 led by Senior Heather Kahler who scored ten. In the second, the Falcons would start to find some rhythm with Junior Ames Burton who dropped eight in the quarter to pull the Falcons back within five at the halftime break as the Tigers led 24-19. In the third quarter, scoring was scarce for Jeff West with just one field goal by Sophomore Phiefer Peck and two free throws from Sophomore Kristin Biltoft. However, seventh year coach John Malloy would see his team step up defensively as they have so many times this season.

The Tigers allowed just two free throws in the third frame while forcing five Riley County turnovers. As the fourth quarter started, Falcon head coach Harold Oliver would begin to extend the game by having his team foul Jeff West at the seven minute mark of the final stanza, in part due to the Tigers slowing the game down. Trailing by nine at the time, it seemed the Falcons would hope for the Tigers to miss their foul shots, but that would not be the case in this one. Riley County would get the game as close as five points twice in the final four minutes, but the Tigers, led by Kristen Biltoft, salted the game away from the foul line. Jeff West shot an astounding twenty-seven foul shots in the quarter, making nineteen of them. (Kristen) Biltoft alone went 10/12 from the line for the Tigers as Jeff West for the game went 25/35 from the stripe, matching their season average of 71%. Now for the third time in seven years under coach Malloy the Tigers will be back at the state tournament, this time in Class 3A. All of the Jeff West state tournament games will be broadcast on the MSC Sports Radio Network, check mscsports.net for up to date brackets, broadcast schedules and more to keep up to date with everything going on in Hutchinson.

Jeff West Scoring – Kr. Biltoft 14, H. Kahler 12, M. Roenne 8, Ki. Biltoft 5, P. Peck 4, M. Young 3, N. Roenne 3.

Bank of Atchison "Player Of The Game" - Kristen Biltoft with 14 points while nailing nine straight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.


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