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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:04 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

For the first time in 17 seasons, the Platteview girls basketball team can claim a conference title for its own.

The fifth-ranked Trojans dominated Wahoo in a 56-30 victory in Saturday’s Capitol Conference Tournament championship game at Ashland-Greenwood, giving Platteview a title in just its second year in the conference.

“Winning the tournament is a great accomplishment for our girls,” Platteview coach Justin Dannelly said. “It goes to show that the time, work, and effort this group has put in is really paying off.”

Platteview (16-1) has not lost since late-December and manhandled a Warrior team it struggled to beat by four points two weeks earlier.

“We feel like we’re playing at a high level right now, and want to carry that momentum into the last two weeks of our regular season,” Dannelly said. “We told the girls after the game on Saturday to enjoy it, but be ready to come back to work on Monday because we still have a lot to prove and several goals to reach.”

Platteview took control in the second quarter with a 17-6 push that gave them a nine point halftime cushion. They put the game away with another 17-6 run to close the contest.

Kenzie Kulm had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in the rout while Lexie Wichman added eight points and Brandis Bridwell seven. Nicki Stolzer grabbed seven boards with Mackenzie Zach handing out five assists.

Platteview reached the title game with a 46-39 victory over Raymond Central Thursday night.

Kulm finished with a double-double as she had 18 points and 11 boards to go with six assists. Sydney Feller netted 10 points and six rebounds while Zach came up with five steals.

Platteview crushed Douglas County West 78-14 in the Jan. 27 opener. Kulm led four Trojans in double digits with 22 points and also had seven of Platteview’s 23 steals.

Zach finished with 14 points while Sarah Grubb had 12 and Feller 11.

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