Sophomore sends Oiler girls back to 1A-II finals

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Central Plains sophomore Brynna Hammeke scored 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting in a 50-39 win over Golden Plains Thursday in the Class 1A, Division II state semifinals.
Golden Plains senior Brooke Stoll, left, tries to get around Central Plains sophomore Brynna Hammeke during play Thursday in Great Bend. Stoll scored 14 points in a loss to the Oilers in the state semifinals.
Golden Plains freshman Emma Welner (11) and Central Plains senior Jennah Jeffrey (23) go to the deck in pursuit of  a loose ball during play Thursday in Great Bend.
Golden Plains senior Ashley Stoll scored 12 points with 10 rebounds in a 50-39 loss to Central Plains Thursday in the Class 1A, Division II semifinals.
Central Plains junior Kassidy Nixon had nine points and 11 rebounds in a 50-39 win over Golden Plains Thursday in Great Bend. Central Plains plays in the finals at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Golden Plains junior Kassie Miller throws a pass duing play Thursday in the Class 1A, Division II semifinals in Great Bend. Miller led the Bulldogs with four assists.

GREAT BEND — The Central Plains Oilers girls basketball team has waited almost two years to defend its title, but took a step closer Thursday with a 50-39 win over previously unbeaten Golden Plains at Barton Gym in Great Bend.

Brynna Hammeke did much of the damage for the 22-3 Oilers, scoring 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

“It felt like nothing (was working) but apparently stuff was falling, so it was good” Hammeke said. “I took it to the rim pretty good.”

Hammeke, a sophomore, saw last year’s undefeated season get cut short when the state tournament was ended after the first round. She was an eighth-grader when the Oilers won the Class 1A title.

“I was a freshman last year,” she said. “It was tough to watch the seniors have their season cut short. I didn’t like seeing that. We want to bring it back this year.”

“We survived and advanced,” Central Plains coach Pat Stiles said. “I doesn’t matter how ugly it is or how clean it is. We advanced. … Our girls learned to win from our older girls. Some of these girls have been waiting for three years. Now it’s their turn.”

Kassidy Nixon had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Oilers.

Brooke Stoll led 24-1 Golden Plains with 14 points. Ashley Stoll added 12 points with 10 rebounds.

“We normally don’t shoot that many 3-pointers, but they are so long that it is tough to get the ball inside,” Golden Plains coach Parker Christensen said. “We had a tough time getting the ball inside against them. They are a good team. They started taking it to the rim (in the second half) and we struggled to stop them.”

“We knew (Brooke Stoll) was a pretty good shooter,” Stiles said. “(Breanna Rath) I didn’t know about, but she had a pretty good stroke. They’re undefeated. They’re a pretty good team.”

Tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Oilers made a 9-2 run to start the second. Golden Plains replied with a pair of 3-pointers. Central Plains pulled back out by three at the half, 19-16.

Golden Plains stayed close early in the third quarter on a pair of Breanna Roth 3-pointers. The Oilers made an 13-2 run, capped by a Jennah Jeffrey 3-pointer to lead by 12. An Ashley Nixon trey with five seconds left in the quarter put the Oilers up 41-30.

Central Plains opened the fourth quarter with the first five points to put the game out of reach.

“We had a pretty good season,” Christensen said. “Our league wasn’t as strong this year, but we beat everyone we played. We won our sub-state. They play a very tough schedule. They play a lot of good teams.”

The Bulldogs lose just two seniors — the Stoll twins.

“We have a lot of young kids coming back,” Christensen said.

The Oilers play either Beloit St. John’s-Tipton Catholic or Cunningham at 2 p.m. Saturday in the finals.

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com

CENTRAL PLAINS 50, GOLDEN PLAINS 39

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CENTRAL PLAINS (22-3) — Hammeke 10-17 3-5 25, Nixon 4-6 0-0 9, L.Oeser 2-3 0-0 4, Short 1-4 1-3 3, Jeffrey 2-6 4-4 9, Steiner 0-0 0-0 0, 19-36 8-12 50.

GOLDEN PLAINS (24-1) — Rath 2-5 0-0 6, Miller 0-12 3-6 3, B.Stoll 5-19 0-0 14, A.Stoll 5-10 2-2 12, Wark 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Fleckenstein 0-1 0-0 0, Welner 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Nieman 0-3 2-2 2, TOTALS 13-54 7-10 39.

3-point shooting — CP 4-10 (Hammeke 2-6, Nixon 1-1, Oeser 0-1, Jeffrey 1-2), GP 6-27 (Rath 2-4, Miller 0-6, B.Stoll 4-14, A.Stoll 0-2, Taylor 0-1). Rebounds — CP 30 (Nixon 11), GP 32 (B.Stoll 10). Assists — CP 8 (Nixon 4), GP 9 (Miller 4). Turnovers — CP 14 (Hammeke 6, Oeser 6), GP 9 (Miller 3, Taylor 3). Blocked shots — CP 3 (Nixon 2), GP 1 (Miller 1). Steals — CP 7 (Nixon 2, Short 2), GP 7 (Miller 5). Total fouls — CP 13, GP 12. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none.