Atchison runs by boys
De Soto played right into the hands of Atchison in Monday's first-round sub-state game, and the result was a 69-41 season- ending loss.
Going into the game, Wildcats basketball coach Jason Generally wanted, his team to limit the Trojans number of possessions. But early in the game, Generally realized he would have to scrap his game plan.
"We had way too many turnovers early," the coach said. "We let them get out to a double -digit lead and that took us out of what we were trying to do.
"Atchison feeds off of turnovers. They turn turnovers into layups. We got Atchison's game tonight, and we didn't do what we wanted to do."
The Trojans employed a physical and quick defense against the Wildcats, forcing De Soto to play strong with the basketball and its passes. But De Soto failed to hold up its part of the equation. Generally guessed that De Soto's turnover numbers may have neared 30.
"They're similar to Sumner (Academy)," Generally said. "They just kick your butt athletically. Especially if you let them."
Jeff Downing and J.J. Seymore helped Atchison to a 19-8 lead after the first period by scoring five points each. Five Trojans scored in the first period. Seymore added eight points in the second period, boosting his scoring line to 13 by halftime and gave the Trojans a 39-24 lead.
De Soto was outscored 30-17 in the final two periods.
Seymore tallied a team-high 15 points for Atchison. Harry Burton III added 11 points, and Downing put in 10 more. Danny Brown led the way for De Soto with a game-high 17 points. Hunter Noe had eight points for the Wildcats.
De Soto finished the season with a 6-15 record. Atchison improved to 16-3 on the year and moved into Thursday's sub-state semifinal against Bonner Springs. The Braves defeated Tonganoxie 68-50 Monday.