By The Telegram

The Scott City Beavers boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and the defending state champion, avenged its lone loss of the 2011-2012 season on Monday when they erupted for 22 fourth-quarter points to defeat Wichita Word of Life, 56-45, at Scott City.

The teams had played on Dec. 17 and it was the second of two consecutive games in Wichita for the Beavers. Monday's victory improved the Beavers to 11-1 as they were coming off an impressive 63-39 win on Saturday over McCook, Neb., in the finals of the Colby Orange and Black Classic.

Monday's fourth-quarter offensive explosion broke a 34-34 tie as Drew Kite scored 10 of his game-high 23 points. Brett O'Neil tacked on 15 points for the Beavers.

Word of Life took a 12-9 first quarter lead and then barely led at halftime, 24-23. Scott City had an 11-10 third quarter lead to knot the score.

The Beavers will host Lakin on Friday in a non-league contest.

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Word of Life 12 12 10 11 -- 45

Scott City 9 14 11 22 -- 56

Word of Life (45) Jones 0 7-9 7, Osemwegie 1 0-2 2, Matijasevic 4 0-1 9, Begic 2 0-0 5, Gwess 1 0-1 0, Bozovic 1 1-2 3, Kacinas 2 3-5 7, Botica 3 3-5 9. Totals 14 14-26 45.

Scott City (56) B. O'Neil 5 4-9 15, T. O'Neil 1 1-2 3, Robinson 2 2-2 6, Hess 2 0-0 4, Meyer 2 1-2 5, Kite 7 9-12 23. Totals 19 17-27 56.

3-point goals--Word of Life 3 (Matijasevic 1, Begic 1, Gwess 1), Scott City 1 (B. O'Neil).

Word of Life girls 49, Scott City 41

At Scott City, the Wichita Word of Life handed the Lady Beavers a 49-41 non-league loss on Monday.

The Wichita private academy opened up an 18-12 first quarter lead before the Lady Beavers rallied to tie the score at 23-all at halftime.

A 13-6 Word of Life advantage in the third provided the visitors with a 36-29 advantage. A 13-12 edge in the fourth quarter closed out the win for Word of Life.

Angela Onyema scored 15 points for Word of Life while Dominique Knowles and Taya Neve scored 11 points each. Janessa Lowenthal led all scorers with 17 points for the Lady Beavers.

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Word of Life 18 5 13 13 -- 49

Scott City 12 11 6 12 -- 41

Word of Life (49) Knowles 5 1-2 11, Savi 2 2-3 6, Neve 4 0-0 11, Onyema 7 1-9 15, Belle 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 4-14 49.

Scott City (41) Hoeme 1 2-2 5, Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Wycoff 1 0-0 3, Nickel 3 2-2 8, Baker 3 0-0 6, Lowenthal 6 5-8 17.

3-point goals--Word of Life 3 (Neve 3), Scott City 2 (Hoeme 1, Wycoff 1).