YATES CENTER — The Yates Center boys basketball team entered Monday’s matchup with eighth-seeded Madison as massive favorites, and the top-seeded Wildcats didn’t disappoint.
Yates Center doubled up the over-matched Madison squad with a 60-30 rout in Yates Center.
The Wildcats held a 34-22 lead at halftime, but whatever coach Tanner Davis told his bunch in the locker room triggered something and Yates Center absolutely exploded in the third quarter.
The Wildcats out-scored Madison 24-0 in the third to take a 58-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
With the point made, Yates Center slowed it down in the fourth quarter and only scored two points in the final eight minutes.
Senior guard Mikey Bruner led the Wildcats with 15 points, including nine in the decisive third quarter.
Sophomore Aaron King was right behind his teammate with 14 points.
Jordan Smith had 11 points while Aaron’s brother Josh King added eight points.
Kobe Forsyth had four while Hadley Splechter, Gavin Dillow, Braydon Gaulding and Jon Barnes each had two.
The Wildcats will play fifth-seeded Oswego — who won a thriller over fourth-seeded Uniontown, 65-63 on Monday — on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Uniontown.
Pittsburg-Colgan and West Elk advanced on the other side of the bracket.
Star junior Danielle Kasprzak’s 15 points weren’t enough for the Titans to find their way into the second round of the girls’ substate tournament in Olpe.
The Titans trailed throughout the game on Monday against Chetopa, but Kasprzak’s eight fourth-quarter points closed the gap late, but Chetopa was able to advance with a 32-30 victory.
Junior point guard Erikah Lyons added six points and sophomore Haven Harvey had three.
Emma Lehmann, Jordyn Stone and Crystal Alumbaugh rounded out the Titan scoring with two points each.
The Titans finish their season with a 8-13 record, but return the talented core of Lyons, Kasprzak and Harvey for next season along with top freshman point guard Bryli Copeland.
Both Wildcat squads saw their seasons come to an end on Monday at West Elk.
The Marmaton Valley girls fell 34-17 while the boys lost 80-24.
The Wildcat boys finish the season with a 3-18 record while the girls are 4-17. The boys don’t lose any seniors next season, but the girls must replace all five starters going into the 2017-18 season.