By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
The Piper Pirates led Thursday night's game against Bonner Springs 6-4 after the first quarter.
A bucket from senior Whitney Morrow at the buzzer gave the Pirates the lead over the heavily favored Braves.
Little did everyone know that basket would be the last field goal Piper could claim for 13 minutes of game-play.
Bonner Springs used a 14-1 run over the second and third quarters to put away Piper for the third time this year, prevailing 38-25 at Bonner Springs High School.
Anna Deegan and Yessenia Hernandez led the way for the Braves in the first half.
Both scored 4 points in the second quarter to help Bonner Springs take a 14-7 lead at the half. A free throw from Tyler Johnson was the only point of the second quarter for the Pirates.
In the opening five minutes of the second half, it was more of the same.
This time, Erin Marx proved to be an unsung hero for the Braves. Marx scored 10 second half points, the first two of which gave Bonner it's largest lead of the game at 16-7.
Another basket from Hernandez extended Bonner's lead to double figures for the first time in the game.
Johnson, the great freshman from Piper who's already receiving Division 1 attention, was the silver lining on the night for the Pirates. She scored six points for Piper in the third quarter, helping the Pirates keep the score to 23-13 after the third quarter.
Marx and Bonner's outstanding defense were too much. Marx scored eight fourth quarter points to help Bonner build a 16-point lead. Johnson and senior Whitney Morrow helped Piper cut the lead down to 10 late, but that's as close as it got.
All night, Bonner's tough defense limited most of Johnson's opportunities and Piper was unable to create much on the offensive end. Hernandez and Deegan were strong on defense, forcing steals and errant passes.
Bonner Springs will take on Tonganoxie in Saturday's sub-state final at Bonner Springs High School.