The annual 54 classic kicked off at the Thunderdome with a week of boys’ action. The girls followed the next week at Cunningham.
After a short come up on Saturday, the boys’ ended up in second place to the Attica Bulldogs.
“We were coming off of nine straight wins going into the tournament and I feel like that gave us a lot of confidence,” head boys’ coach Kenny Eddy said.
The Bulldogs were ranked third in 1A basketball. Before the boys could face Attica they had to play the 8th seeded Cunningham team on Tuesday and then the 5th seeded Medicine Lodge team Friday. The boys had an 18 point comeback against the Indians that night.
“Our team was better as a whole going into the tournament because we were a lot more confident,” sophomore Steve Fisher said. “We wanted to win it all, but we lost to a good Attica team and it will mean a lot if we beat them on their court.”
Saturday the boys ended up coming 15 points short against Attica for second place. Tyler Tobin got first in the three point shooting contest, Cooper Gates received the hustle award, and Fisher placed second in the free throw contest. Tobin and Sam Fisher received All-Tournament team honors.
Following the week of basketball was the girls’ tournament. They came in as the eighth seed and played a tough Cunningham team. They lost that matchup and then played the Kinsley Coyotes on Friday.
“Our defensive adjustments against Cunningham were a strong point for us,” head girls’ coach Morgan Ballard said. “We had our offense going for us in two out of the three games.”
After a loss on Friday night the team was matched up with Medicine Lodge and played the following day. The ladies came up three points short in that game and finished in eighth place.
Junior Gracie Bricker was awarded third place in the three point shooting competition.