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The Hanover girls basketball team won their second straight Kansas IA Division I Championship on Saturday.

The Lady Wildcats dominated in the second half to pull away from St. Paul 48-26 in the championship game.

The game was tied 8-8 at half time, but St. Paul was able to take a 17-15 lead into the locker room at half time.

The entire second half belonged to Hanover, though, as they pulled away for the 48-26 win. Their big run came in the third quarter when they went on a 22-2 run. St. Paul was just 8-for-44 from the field in the game.

Macy Doebele led the way for Hanover with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Claire Zarybnicky and Tianna Lohse were also in double figures with 14 and 11 points respectively.

The Hanover girls finish the season with a 21-3 record.

The Hanover boys came up just short in their quest to repeat as state champions. The Wildcats fell to an undefeated South Gray team 65-54 in the championship game in Hays, Kan.

It was a repeat of last year's state championship game. Hanover had trouble containing South Gray's 6-6 forward Gilbert Peters, who finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. They also struggled to contain junior guard Clifton Miller, who finished with 24 points.

South Gray led 35-27 points at half time and stretched their lead to as much as 17 in the second half.

Hanover was able to cut the deficit to five in the fourth quarter, but never closer than that.

South Gray was 23 of 28 from the free throw line while Hanover was 12 of 16.

Daiken Stallbaumer led the way for Hanover with 16 points while Bruna had 11, Atkins had 10, Peters had six and Zabokrtsky had two.

Hanover finished the season with a 22-2 record.


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