In March, the Independent School boys’ basketball team headed to their first state tournament since 2013 and their 2nd state tournament in the history of the school. Joined by cheerleaders, band members and fans, the team loaded the charter bus to compete at the Bramlage Coliseum on the Kansas State University campus. Upper and Middle Schools canceled classes for the day so that students and families could travel to the game. Lower School students made signs and goody bags for the team and cheered them on as they loaded the bus and drove through campus. Lower School also tuned into the game for the last hour of their day.
Coached by Tyler Keim, Independent Panthers entered the state tournament as the 7th seed. They went head to head with the Hillsboro Trojans, the 2nd seed and reigning 2A state champs. A slow start to the game, the Panthers scored just 11 points in the first half and were down by 20. Not to be discouraged, the boys played strong in the second half scoring 23 points in the 4th quarter alone. The final score was 46-73. Juniors Christian Dean and Joseph Recalde-Phillips were the top scorers for the Panthers with Dean scoring 13 points and Recalde-Phillips scoring 12. The teamwork and determination of this team took the program to new heights and we couldn’t be more Panther Proud! Way to go boys!