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KHS boys back in Wheat Capital championship

January 07, 2023 - 13:09
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The sun set on Sunrise Christian in the Wheat Capital semifinals.

Defending champion Kingfisher had the honors as the Jackets throttled the Wichita-based school 70-28 on Friday at Chisholm.

KHS scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back as it searches for its ninth Wheat Capital championship in 10 years.

To do so, they’ll have to beat Alva (10-1), the sixth-ranked team in 3A it escaped in last year’s title game.

There was no such suspense against the Buffaloes.

Kingfisher’s pressure forced them into 22 turnovers, which turned into 24 points.

The Jackets also took apart the defenses Sunrise Christian threw at them.

Caden Kitchens scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Jackets jumped up 22-7.

They added a 16-3 run in the second quarter and another 20-4 spurt in the third.

Kitchens finished with 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He was 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Xavier Ridenour added 12 points and five boards.

Drake Friesen and Jud Birdwell scored six points apiece.