Smith Center withstood a comeback attempt by defending champion Jefferson County North Chargers on Saturday to win the Kansas Class 2A girls title 63-55 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.
Smith Center (24-2) built a nine-point lead before the Jefferson County North tied the game at 42 early in the fourth. The Chargers took a brief one-point lead at 47-46 before Smith Center came roaring back behind 25 points from Sydney Benoit and 23 from Alexis Ryan. Benoit also had 10 rebounds on the night.
Jefferson County North (23-4) was led by 18 points from Jacee Kramer and Jamie Navinskey with 17.
Republic County outlasted No. 1 seed Meade in overtime Saturday to win the Kansas Class 2A boys title 64-53 in Manhattan's Bramlege Coliseum.
The Buffaloes (25-0) trailed by six points late in the fourth quarter before a layup from Trevor Allen at the buzzer sent the game into overtime knotted at 48.
Trenton Kuhlman led Republic County with 30 points, while Allen finished with 21.
Meade (24-1) was led by 15 points from Jett Little, 12 from Trevin Wiens and 11 from Morgan Davis.