Red Devil squads fall to Johnson Co.

Allen Community College's women came within a whisker or two of dumping the top-ranked NJCAA-II team in the country Wednesday, but fell 62-57, to unbeaten Johnson County. Allen's men also lost to the Cavaliers in their matchup.

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February 15, 2024 - 2:57 PM

Allen Community College's Randy Crosby possesses the ball in a game earlier this season.
Allen Community College’s Khassidy Warr controls the ball in a game earlier this season.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

OVERLAND PARK — Allen Community College’s women had top-ranked and unbeaten Johnson County on the ropes Wednesday.

The Red Devils, courtesy of a 21-10 second-quarter run, led Johnson County 31-21 at the break.

But Johnson County showed its mettle in the third quarter, racing to a 47-44 lead.

The Cavaliers held the slight advantage down the stretch to remain undefeated, 62-57.

The loss drops Allen to 18-5 overall and 6-3 in Jayhawk Conference play.

Johnson County also picked up a 102-78 win over the Red Devil men Wednesday.

Both teams are at home Saturday with a doubleheader against Kansas City Kansas. The women’s game tips off at 2 p.m.; the men about 4 o’clock.

Torrid 3-point shooting from Johnson County helped tilt the scales. The Cavaliers’ Saige Grampsas drilled three from long range. 

Allen stayed close, but both teams struggled from the free throw line down the stretch. Johnson County was 3 of 7 from the line; ACC was 2 of 5.

Mafalda Chambel’s layup with 4 minutes left pulled ACC to within 54-51.

The lead swelled to seven before Allen’s Khassidy Warr scored on a layup with 1:17 left. Johnson County left the door open with a pair of missed free throws, and Noa Muranaka’s 3-pointer suddenly had Allen within 59-57 with 19 seconds left.

But that was as close as the Red Devils could get. 

Johnson County’s Aaliyah Scott went 1 of 2 from the line before Muranaka was just off the mark with another 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. Jazzy Klinge hit two charities before another Allen 3-point attempt was off the mark in the waning seconds.

Muranaka scored 15 to lead Allen. Khassidy Warr added 12 points and six rebounds, to go with three steals. Abigail Alvarez added 10 points. Chambel also had three steals.

Grampsas scored 17 to lead the Cavaliers.

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