The 1995-96 Highland Park Scots are one of the most talented teams in Topeka basketball history.
They were led by a trio of seniors who went on to have productive college careers including Division I players Tony Barksdale (Western Michigan) and Jameel Anderson (Jacksonville) and Division II standout Larry Farmer (Washburn/Central Oklahoma).
Darrell Adams and Darion Verser rounded out the five-man senior starting lineup with junior guards Colwin Henderson and Brian Hoefer coming off the bench.
Highland Park lost 56-54 to McPherson in the 5A championship game at the Kansas Expocentre on March 9, 1996 falling in dramatic fashion finishing with a 21-3 record.
The Scots trailed by seven at halftime before a 10-2 burst gave them a 32-31 lead. The game was close throughout the second half with Highland Park having an opportunity to tie the game in the final 10 seconds, but Anderson’s pass to Verser instead of shooting resulted in a jump ball giving McPherson possession and the victory.
Farmer led the Scots with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Highland Park shot 56 percent from the field, but just 54 percent from the free-throw line and were plagued by 22 turnovers.