By MIKE KESSINGER

mkessinger@gctelegram.com

SCOTT CITY --Two minutes into their first game of the season, the Scott City Beavers' Ron Baker had already picked up his second foul on consecutive sequences Thursday.

Whether the junior guard's ability to score would be missed with him on the bench became irrelevant as the Beavers simply went to the middle and had Jorden Funk take some of the scoring load.

Following a 10-point first quarter, then seven more in the second eight minute stretch, Funk proved his worth in the middle and the Beavers rode his quick start to an 85-58 win over Wichita Independent in the opening round of the 52nd annual Scott City Invitational.

"He was one of the bigger kids on the floor tonight, which he's not going to be very often," Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil said of the 6-foot-4 Funk. "He kind of dribbled himself into trouble early then once he started going to the boards and working hard on that back side that's when he really started to get some rebounds and putbacks and that really sparked us."

Funk was 6-for-6 from the floor, scoring all his field goals inside the paint in the first half. With Baker, one of the Beavers' top outside threats on the bench, Scott City (1-0) needed someone to step up as Independent kept it close early, and the first quarter ended tied, 16-16. Baker returned to start the second quarter and responded with 16 points before halftime, giving the Beavers a potent inside-outside attack. Scott City led 43-30 at intermission.

"It takes a little bit to get rid of the pregame jitters, but once we started rolling, working together, I think we looked really good tonight," Funk said.

For an opening game, Scott City couldn't have asked for more offensively, securing the ball as they finished with just 12 turnovers. On the other side, the Beavers forced the Panthers into 21 mistakes.

After putting a 13-point separation between themselves and Independent at halftime that concluded before the break with a Ron Baker fast break layup off a steal and pass from freshman Brett O'Neil with two seconds left on the clock, the Beavers extended their domination in the third quarter. The Beavers led by 18 at the end of the third quarter, then extended its lead to 78-51 early in the final quarter.

"It feels great playing with all these guys," Funk said. "These guys are great to play with and I just love it."

Funk finished with team-highs of 22 points and eight rebounds. Baker added 21 points as 10 of the 12 Beavers who played scored. O'Neil and Alex Swan had nine points apiece. Cale White led Independent with 20 points.

Scott City out-rebounded the Panthers 36-31.

The win puts Scott City in tonight's semifinal against Greeley County, which beat Wichita County 53-38. The game was to tip-off at 6:15 at Scott City High School. Holcomb was to take on Wichita Sunrise in the other semifinal. The championship game will be Saturday at 8 p.m. at the high school.

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Scott City 85, W. Independent 58

W. INDEPENDENT Park 1-5 0-0 2, White 6-14 5-6 20, Neville 0-5 5-5 5, Dunne 3-5 0-0 8, Fahrnestock 2-4 0-0 5, Rice 2-5 2-4 6, Dean 0-0 0-0 0, Soucie 0-4 0-0 0, Kaufman 0-0 2-2 2, Palmer 2-5 1-2 6, Loveland 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 18-49 15-19 58.

SCOTT CITY (1-0) Roemer 2-5 2-2 8, Swan 3-8 3-3 9, Baker 7-15 4-4 21, A. Davis 0-0 1-4 1, Funk 7-10 8-11 22, O'Neil 3-10 2-2 9, Turner 0-2 2-2 2, Strube 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 3-9 0-0 8, Hess 1-1 1-2 3, C. Davis 0-2 2-2 2, Clinton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-62 25-32 85.

Independent 16 14 19 9 -- 58

Scott City 16 27 24 18 -- 85

3-Point goals Independent 7-26 (White 3-11, Dunne 2-3, Fahnestock 1-2, Palmer 1-2, Neville 0-4, Park 0-2, Soucie 0-2); Scott City 8-23 (Baker 3-8, Robinson 2-4, Roemer 2-2, O'Neil 1-6, Swan 0-2, C. Davis 0-1). Rebounds Independent 31 (Park 6); Scott City 36 (Funk 8). Fouled out None. Team fouls Independent 20, Scott City 15. Turnovers Independent 21, Scott City 12.

Holcomb 74, Wichita Defenders 61

Defending champion Holcom used 18 points from Logan Singhisen to carry the Longhorns to a 74-61 victory over the Wichita Defenders in the opening round on Thursday.

Joining Singhisen in double-figure scoring were Jacob VanCampen with 17

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HOLCOMB (2-0) Singhisen 8 2-5 18, Robinson 1 1-2 4, M. Gaede 5 2-4 13, DeLaRosa 3 0-0 6, Walck 3 0-0 7, Merz 2 4-4 9, VanCampen 7 3-4 17. Totals 29 12-19 74.

WICHITA DEFENDERS Jackson 10 2-2 26, Nightingale 2 0-0 6, Ammons 4 1-1 10, Ingram 7 0-0 15, Skinner 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 3-3 61.

Holcomb 16 17 14 27 74

Defenders 17 9 11 24 61

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GREELEY CO. (2-0) Miller 5 0-0 10, Splitter 1 0-0 2, Nemechek 5 1-1 11, Houston 5 3-5 13, Wilson 5 6-7 17. Totals 21 10-14 53.

WICHITA CO. (0-2) Mehl 1 0-0 3, McKinney 3 0-0 8, Harkness 5 1-2 12, Fletcher 2 0-0 4, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Horton 0 1-2 1, Weilert 0 0-0 0, Bremer 4 2-2 10. Totals 15 4-6 38.

Greeley Co. 8 21 13 11 53

Wichita Co. 9 7 6 16 38

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Wichita Sunrise 70, Lakin 45

LAKIN (1-1) Jones 1 5-6 7, Shalberg 3 8-9 15, Miller 3 0-0 7, Reed 3 0-0 6, Hamel 3 1-3 7, Holmes 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 14-18 45.

SUNRISE Kershunov 3 0-0 8, Melugin 2 0-0 4, Matulis 3 0-1 8, Popovic 0 0-2 0, Cooper 8 0-0 17, Atherton 0 0-2 0, Fager 0 0-0 0, Adair 3 2-3 8, Clark 2 0-0 4, Akpejiori 2 1-2 5, Gzibovskis 7 0-1 14, Sands 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 3-11 70.

Lakin 6 15 13 11 45

Sunrise 17 15 20 18 70