By KEVIN THOMPSON
HOLCOMB — For an early season game, Friday's matchup between Holcomb and Scott City had a lot more significance behind it.
The Lady Longhorns were looking to get back on the winning track at home after going 1-2 in the Southwest Kansas Classic last weekend.
Scott City was looking to stay perfect after a close win at Goodland last week.
In the end, Holcomb held home court with a convincing 53-34 triumph in a Great West Activities Conference game.
If the goal is to do something positive most times down the floor, that strategy worked best for Holcomb. In the first half, the Beavers scored on just five out of 32 possessions, while Holcomb scored 10 times in that span.
Scott City fell victim to poor shooting (13-of-42) and turnovers (28), thanks to a pesky Longhorn defense that refused to let the Lady Beavers get time to set up.
Holcomb had only a 5-3 lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter, but Scott City already had established a turnover-prone offense that led to a 10-4 Holcomb lead at the break.
By halftime, the lead had grown to 19-8, with Holcomb hitting just 6-of-27 field goals.
It was more of the same in the second half for Holcomb.
The Longhorns seemed to click at both ends of the floor.
"I think we attacked the inside well. Offensively, we were patient when we needed to be. We attacked and pushed the ball when we saw the fast break situation," Holcomb coach Kelley Snodgrass said.
Twenty rebounds in the first half was a team focus, as well, she said. Getting out-rebounded in tournament play last week to noticeably bigger teams, she added, meant her girls had to work on boxing out better, and they did.
Creating turnovers also helped the offense.
"They read the passing lanes well," Snodgrass said. "Karissa Pena started us up, and the rest just followed."
Pena had 16 points. Katie Pfeifer's hot shooting beyond the arc opened up the offense as she hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points.
"She was a little frustrated in the first half, but I told her if she kept shooting it, they'd fall. And they did," Snodgrass said.
Janessa Lownthal led Scott City with eight.
"We didn't do a good job getting the ball to her, or inside," Scott City coach Mark Campos said.
Despite the poor numbers, Campos saw a "glass half full" perspective of the first half.
"They were no better than us the first half. When you only score eight points in a half and be down only 11? They tried to give us that first half; we just didn't take it," he said.
Scott City 4 4 16 10 -- 34
Holcomb 10 9 24 10 -- 53
Scott City (57): Faurot 1 0-0 3, Hoeme 1 1-2 3, Rodriguez 3 0-0 6, Wycoff 1 0-0 2, Nickel 2 1-5 6, Baker 3 0-2 6, Lowenthal 2 4-5 8. Totals 13 6-14 34.
Holcomb (38): Pfeifer 6 3-4 19, Prieto 1 1-2 3, Heydman 1 2-4 4, Mongeau 0 0-2 0, Deniston 1 2-2 4, Amos 2 3-3 7, Pena 5 6-7 16. Totals 16 17-26 53.
3-point goals--Scott City 2-10 (Faurot 1, Nickel 1), Holcomb 4-14 (Pfeifer 4). Rebounds--Scott City 24 (Nickel 7), Holcomb 27 (Pena 7, Heydman 7). Fouls--Scott City 21, Holcomb 19. Fouled out--none.