Making their first ever trip to state tournament the Hartford girls basketball team would finish in 2nd place at the 1A Division II tournament.
Quinter, also playing in their first ever championship game, held on for a 46-44 win over Hartford in Saturdays Championship game. Hartford trailed after the first quarter 14-9. They trailed 24-22 at halftime. Hartford would take a 32-31 lead going into the 4th quarter. The game featured 13 lead changes and 8 ties. Hartfords biggest lead was by 5. Quinters biggest lead was by 12 points. Quinter took the lead for good on 2 freethrows with 22 seconds to play. Hartford had 2 players score in double-figures led by Bailey Darbyshire with 14 points. Morgan Bolen added 13 points. Maisie Schoreder finished with a game high 12 rebounds. Coach Ryan Thomas said the credit for the success of this season also belongs to previous players.
Hartford finishes the season with a 21-5 record.
2018 State Champions:
1A Division II - Girls - Quinter 46 Hartford 44. Boys - Northern Valley 63 McPherson Elyria Christian 52
1A Division I - Girls - Hanover 48 St. Paul 26. Boys - South Gray 65 Hanover 54
2A - Girls - Central Plains 48 Valley Heights 32. Boys - Central Plains 47 Pittsburg Colgan 34
3A - Girls - Garden Plains 49 Royal Valley 39. Boys - Halstead 44 Phillipsburg 43
4A Division I - Girls - McPherson 62 Bishop Miege 58 OT. Boys - Bishop Miege 57 McPherson 54
4A Division II - Baldwin 58 Andale 57. Boys - Hayden 65 Holcomb 57
5A - Girls - St. Thomas Aquinas 54 Bishop Carroll 40. Boys - Bishop Carroll 43 Salina Central 41 OT
6A - Girls - Derby 50 Olathe East 35. Boys - Blue Valley Northwest 51 Lawrence Free State 40