GIRARD - Unfair, it stinks, raw deal, rotten luck, or whatever adjective a person wants to say. Three of the top six Kansas 4A Division II girls basketball teams play in a sub-state starting this Friday in Girard.

Only one team will advance to Emporia next week for the right to play for the state championship. Number five state ranked Columbus (16-4) plays sixth-ranked Baxter Springs at 6 p.m. Number 1 in Kansas, Girard (19-1), will play Frontenac (6-14) following. Frontenac’s only loss this year was against a much larger enrollment 6A school out of the Kansas City area.

There are seven other 4A Division II sub-states being played this week end scattered throughout Kansas. Most of the teams that will advance to Emporia probably won’t be of the caliber of Girard, Columbus and Baxter Springs.

This will be a rubber match on a neutral court for the Lady Titans and the Lady Lions. Baxter Springs won the first match on their home court on a game winning free throw 42-41. Columbus won a close game 46-42 last week on their home court for senior night.

The two winners from Friday will play at 6 p.m. Saturday.

In the boys sub-state, also held in Girard, #1 seed Baxter Springs (15-5) plays Columbus #4 (3-17) at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The number two and three teams, Frontenac and Girard, will face off following. The two winners play after the girls championship Saturday night for the right to move on to Emporia next week.