Posted On: 02/17/21 10:23 AM

The weather knocked out nearly every game in northeast Kansas. But before the record-setting cold spell could spoil all the fun, two elite teams locked horns Monday night. The matchup between Washburn Rural, #10 in 6A, and Topeka West, #7 in 5A, deserves a closer look.

Here are some observations from this matchup of elites:

Topeka West sends a wave of versatile guards at defenses:

Topeka West doesn’t exactly play small ball. But they hardly play anyone who doesn’t qualify as a ‘guard.’ One by one, guys who can handle the ball take turns bringing the ball up the court, attacking the defense, and pushing for fast break opportunities. Tre AlexanderTreAlexander6'3" | CGTopeka West | 2021StateKS, Elijah BrooksElijahBrooks6'2" | CGTopeka West | 2022StateKS (pictured) and Marque Wilkerson can all play a traditional ‘point guard’ role, but they are also athletic enough to play wing or even post. Wilkerson is adept in the high post, in particular, while Alexander is tall and powerful enough to go up against any traditional post player.

Washburn Rural lacks a scorer in the post:

The Junior Blues are not usually a team that relies heavily on a post to score points. But when they are matched against a team of guards,

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