Butler beats Neosho in first-round playoff game, 90-67
After a two-year hiatus, the Butler men are back in the Region VI quarterfinals after knocking off Neosho County by a 90-67 score in a first-round playoff game at the Power Plant on Saturday.
Butler won the Region VI championship in 2010, but lost a first-round game in 2011 on the road and missed the playoffs a season ago. This year, though, the Grizzlies earned a first-round home playoff game and took advantage, wearing down the Panthers in the second half.
As a result, the Grizzlies (24-7) will now advance to play at No. 2 Coffeyville (30-1) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Saturday's first-round game finished with a lopsided score, but it was competitive throughout the first half with several lead chances. Neosho's biggest lead was 19-14, but the Grizzlies went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead. The Panthers briefly took the lead back, but the Grizzlies went ahead for good on a 3-pointer by Sean Osler with 8:15 left in the first half that made the score 26-24.
Butler would stretch the lead to nine points at the half, with a 48-39 lead. The Grizzlies then scored the first four points of the second half on a pair of baskets by Sean Goodwin.
Neosho would make a push, getting within eight points with 13 minutes to play. But Larry Fitzgerald knocked down a 3-pointer to put Butler back up by 11 and Neosho would get no closer the rest of the way. Butler eventually led by as many as 26 down the stretch.
Butler had five players in double figures in scoring. Bakari Triggs and Sean Goodwin scored 16 points apiece, while Shomari Triggs had 14 points on the strength of 10-10 shooting from the free throw line. Larry Fitzgerald had 11 points and Sean Osler scored 10 for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies will now get a chance to avenge an earlier 87-85 at Coffeyville in November on a late 3-point shot by the Red Ravens. The only team to beat Butler twice this season was Jayhawk West champion Seward County. Four other times, the Grizzlies were able to avenge an earlier loss when the teams met a second time (Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, Hutchinson, Barton and Dodge City).
Butler women rout Labette in Region VI opener
The Butler women have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament for the third consecutive year after lambasting Labette 84-42 in first round playoff action at the Power Plant on Saturday.
With the win, the Grizzlies (25-6 overall) will play at Independence. The Pirates (17-14) defeated Barton 69-59 on Saturday in their first-round game. The time has yet to be announced. Butler has fallen in the quarterfinals in each of the past two seasons, to Hutchinson in 2011 and to Garden City in 2012.
Page 2 of 2 - Butler had no troubles with Labette as the Grizzlies cruised to a 20-5 lead over the Cardinals in the first 10 minutes of the contest and led 37-15 at halftime. The lead continued to grow in the second half.
Butler had four players score in double figures and were led in scoring by sophomore Jamillah Bonner, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was Bonner's 10th double-double on the season. For the second consecutive game, Ashlee Ivy had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Samantha Satterlee added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Katie Andersen scored 12.
The 25 wins are the most since the 2001-2002 team that went 27-6.