By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

CIMARRON Three nights after battling No. 1-ranked South Gray to a near-standoff for more than three quarters, the Satanta Lady Indians were back on the court Monday to open first-round play in the Bluejay Invitational.

Lady Indians' coach Mike Heater wished he would have had more time to work out the bugs from the Friday night loss to the Lady Rebels, but his team's performance was still good enough as Satanta stopped Bucklin, 50-39, to advance to Thursday night's semifinals against Cimarron.

In earlier first-round games Monday, defending tournament champion and state 1A runner-up South Gray easily raced past an outclassed Healy squad, 89-21, and Dighton steadily pulled away for a convincing 53-21 triumph over Meade.

Due to inclement weather, the boys first round action which was scheduled to get underway this afternoon has been postponed to Wednesday. The first of four games will start at 3 p.m. It will be Meade versus Healy; Satanta taking on Bucklin at 4:30 p.m.; South Gray meeting Deerfield at 6 p.m. and host Cimarron facing Dighton at 7:30.

For Heater, in his fourth year as coach at Satanta, it was a performance he would have liked to have seen with a couple of more practices under his belt.

"We didn't get a chance to really work on anything from Friday's game," Heater said. "We did a lot of good things offensively in our first game but our defense needs a lot of work."

The Lady Indians broke out to a 15-6 first-quarter lead behind three 3-pointers, one each by Keyla Thacker, Minerba Gonzalez and Kelsey Blair.

"We played very average for us," Heater said. "It seemed like we played down to the other team because we played with more energy against South Gray. I thought we played pretty well, initially, in the first quarter but after that we were flat."

Satanta expanded its lead to 31-16 at halftime and then held a 42-29 going into the fourth quarter.

"We'll go back to work on our defense (Tuesday) and am glad to have a couple of days to practice," Heater said.

Minerba Gonzalez came off the bench to pace the Lady Indians with 14 points and Thacker added 10. Sophomore Abbi Price led all scorers with 21 for the Red Aces and Megan Hood added 11.

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Dighton's Lady Hornets bounced back from a season-opening loss Friday night at WaKeeney to roll past Meade, 53-21.

The Lady Hornets got off to a sluggish start and led just 9-8 after one quarter and 18-13 at halftime. A 17-6 run in the third quarter put the Lady Hornets in command, 35-19, after three periods.

Senior Kaylee Cramer, coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in the Class 1A state tournament's third-place game last March in Hays, paced Dighton with 18 points. Junior Emily Torson added 13 and Sarah Mulville chipped in with 11. Meade's top scorer was Brittany Reimer with seven.

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In the tourney opener Monday afternoon, South Gray, with four returning starters back for first-year coach Andy Gillen, stormed out to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back against the overmatched Lady Eagles.

It was 46-13 at halftime and 79-15 after three quarters.

"It was not the kind of game you really like to see," Gillen said. "We've got a ways to go, but we did play better than Friday night."

Gillen got double-digit scoring from junior Mikayla Skidmore (21), and seniors Kayla Thomas (21) and Brigit Hesser (16). Angee LaToush was tops in scoring for Healy with 11 points, including 5-of-6 free throws.

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South Gray 89, Healy 21

Healy 2 11 2 6 21

So. Gray 23 23 33 10 89

Healy (0-2) LaToush 3 5-6 11, Barnett 2 4-9 8, S. Chaves 0 1-2 1, Scammerhorn 0 0-0 0, Barnett 0 0-0 0, C. Chaves 0 1-2 1, Gunderson 0 0-1 0. Totals 5 11-19 21.

South Gray (2-0) Hesser 7 1-1 16, Skidmore 9 3-3 21, K. Thomas 9 3-3 21, Unruh 2 0-0 4, Kisner 3 0-0 6, Hibbert 1 0-0 2, Zehr 0 0-0 0, Torres 1 0-0 2, H. Thomas 3 0-0 7, Watkins 4 0-2 8, Watts 1 0-0 2. Totals 40 7-9 89.

Three-point goals So. Gray (Hesser 1, H. Thomas 1). Total fouls Healy 10, So. Gray 18. Fouled out Healy (LaToush), So. Gray (Watkins).

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Dighton 53, Meade 21

Meade 8 5 6 2 21

Dighton 9 18 17 18 53

Meade (0-2) Thompson 0 0-0 0, Marceau 0 1-2 1, Hansen 1 0-0 2, Larrabee 2 1-2 5,m Reimer 3 1-2 7, Cordes 0 2-2 2, Devine 1 0-0 2, Crain 0 0-0 0, Harshberger 0 0-0 0, Freisen 1 0-0 2, Borth 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 5-8 21.

Dighton (1-1) Kuhlman 1 3-4 5, Katren Cramer 2 0-2 4, Conine 1 0-0 2, Gridley 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Cramer 6 6-7 18, Shapland 0 0-0 0, Mulville 4 2-2 11, Torson 6 1-2 13, Bosley 0 0-0 0, Mathis 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-17 53.

Three-point goals Dighton (Mulville 1). Total fouls Meade 17, Dighton 9.

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Satanta 50 , Bucklin 39

Bucklin 6 10 13 10 39

Satanta 15 16 11 8 50

Bucklin (0-2) Cossell 0 0-0 0, Kreutzer 0 0-0 0, Davis 2 0-0 5, Pulkraabek 0 0-0 0, Price 7 4-8 21, Pianalto 1 0-0 2, Hood 4 3-4 11. Totals 14 7-12 39.

Satanta (1-1) Thacker 4 0-0 10, Blair 2 0-0 6, Allee Young 0 0-2 0, Blair 1 0-0 2, Caro 4 0-2 8, Gonzalez 5 2-4 14, Aubree Young 3 2-2 8, Connor 0 2-2 2. Totals 19 6-12 50.

Three-point goals Bucklin (Davis 1, Price 3), Satanta (Thacker 2, Blair 2, Gonzalez 2). Total fouls Bucklin 11, Satanta 15. Fouled out none.