The SIT basketball tournament is right around the corner. It starts January 23rd and ends on the 25th. It takes place in Salina, Kansas. The 8 teams that are participating in the 2019-2020 season are Andover, Salina Central, Abilene, Liberal, Salina South, Concordia, Buhler, and Wichita South. The Abilene Cowboys are going into the tournament with the 4 seed, their first seven games resulted in a 4-3 record.
They trumped the Wamego Raiders on Tuesday, January 14th in double OT to secure the 4 seed. The Andover Trojans are going into the tournament as the 1 seed, they went undefeated in their first 8 games. The Salina South Cougars are 7-2 entering the tournament as the 2 seed. The Buhler Crusaders received the 3 seed with the record of 6-2. The Redskins from Liberal will look to make some noise as the 5 seed, with the record of 5-5. Wichita South has the 6 seed with the record of 5-4. The Concordia Panthers are the underdogs of the tournament with the 7 seed, they started off the season with a not-so-hot start resulting in a 2-4 record. Last but not least, the Mustangs from Salina Central are coming in with the 8 seed, they are going into the tournament with a 2-5 record.
In the 2018-2019 the Central Mustangs won it all for the second year in a row. Both years they won it they met the Andover Trojans in the finals. In their most recent meeting in the finals they were tied 23-23 at halftime. The Mustangs came out on top with a 57-43 win. The Abilene Cowboys went into the tournament with the 1 seed. They fell short in their first game to the Salina South Cougars who were the 8 seed. They battled hard but couldn’t quite keep up with the 5a school. The final score was 65-51. They bounced back the next game and defeated the Crusaders 47-40. The Cowboys defeated Liberal for 5th place in their last game. Liberal put up a tough fight but they could not overcome the cowboys in the 4th quarter. The cowboys won by 10 points with the final being 60-50.
The Abilene Cowgirls will also be participating in the SIT tournament held in Salina, Kansas. The Cowgirls will be entering the tournament with the 5 seed. The Liberal Redskins have secured their top spot at the 1 seed. The lady Mustangs from Salina Central locked in the 2 seed. The girls from Buhler have fought for the 3 seed. The Lady Cougars from South High are going into the tournament with the 4 seed. Wichita West’s girls have played their way into getting the 6th seed. The Panthers from Concordia are sitting in the same place as the boys from Concordia with the 7 seed. Lastly, we have the girls from Andover looking to fight their way to the top with their 8 seed.