MV girls defeat Flinthills; to play for substate title

Marmaton Valley High's girls will play for a substate championship in Rosalia Saturday, after defeating Flinthills 49-34 Friday evening. The Wildcat boys also are playing for a substate tournament championship Saturday, but they'll be in St. Paul.

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March 1, 2024 - 10:04 PM

ROSALIA — Marmaton Valley High basketball fans have a decision to make Saturday. Do they travel south to St. Paul to watch the Wildcat boys play Altoona-Midway at 5 p.m. Saturday for in the Class 1A-II Substate Championship?

Or do they instead head west to Rosalia, to watch the Wildcat girls take on Olpe in their Class 1A-I Substate tournament title match.

Marmaton Valley’s girls punched their ticket to the tournament finals Friday with a 49-34 win over top-seeded Flinthills.

Marmaton Valley is in a unique position this year in that it’s the only school in the state in which its girls and boys teams are in different basketball classifications. Enrollment size, and an unequal number of teams in the 1A-I and 1A-II divisions, prompted the switch.

If both Wildcat teams win, it would make next week’s schedule even more hectic. Marmaton Valley’s boys would compete at the 1A-II state tournament in Great Bend, starting Wednesday, with semifinal and final rounds Friday and Saturday.

If the Wildcat girls qualify for state, they would travel to Colby for games Thursday through Saturday.,

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