By BRETT MARSHALL
HOLCOMB — When you mention Scott City's boys basketball team this season, it is difficult not to immediately have Ron Baker's name on the tip of your tongue.
And for good reason.
The 6-3 senior has been the premier player in The Telegram area all year, and his 20-point performance for the Beavers in a resounding 66-32 victory over Holcomb on Friday was just another night on the court for Baker and his team.
But when you talk to his teammates and to Scott City veteran coach Glenn O'Neil, everyone agrees on one thing; Baker is the best player on the team, and they're glad to have it that way.
"No question, Ron's our best player," said teammate Mason Turner, who turned in a solid, if not spectacular performance of his own in the victory. "We've all got our roles and do what we can to help."
Turner helped by scoring 11 points, hitting a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 at the free throw line while grabbing three rebounds.
"Mason had a really good game and he does a lot of those little things that don't get noticed," O'Neil said of Turner.
The 6-2 forward knows that it is not him that other team's focus on when a game gets underway.
"We're not selfish and it really doesn't matter to us who scores, as long as we win," Turner said.
Scott City scored the first 10 points of the game but saw the lead trimmed briefly to 10-7. Soon after, the Beavers were off and running again as they have most of the season, rolling to a 17-1 record overall and 8-0 in the Great West Activities Conference.
"It might have been out best game since the TOC (Dodge City Tournament of Champions)," Turner said, referring to the third week of January when the Beavers lost their only game of the season to 6A Dodge City in the championship game. "Our defense is pretty much the hear and soul of what we do. We're a good offensive team, but we really like to get out and run."
Holcomb hung around in the first half, trailing 35-22, at halftime. The Longhorns (11-7, 5-3) then scored the first basket of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 11.
"We were right there when we scored the first bucket of the third, but then they just turned on the heat," Holcomb coach Scott Stegman said. "That's the kind of team they are. They take you out of your game. We didn't get to where we wanted to go on offense because they do a great job of pressuring you into decisions you don't want to make."
In addition to Baker's 20 points, Brett O'Neil, the coach's son, contributed 12, including a trio of three-pointers.
Scott City exploded for an early 13-2 run in the third quarter, helping lead to the team taking a commanding 57-28 lead after three quarters.
"We talk about getting quick starts and then playing well the first three minutes of the third quarter," O'Neil said. "I thought we accomplished both of those tonight."
The Beavers were on target with their shooting, finishing the night 25-of-48 while limiting the Longhorns to 13-of-41.
Holcomb next travels to Hugoton on Monday for a makeup game from the blizzard two weeks ago while Scott City travels to Goodland on Tuesday.
Scott City 21 14 22 9 -- 66
Holcomb 12 10 6 4 -- 32
Scott City (17-1, 8-0) — O'Neil 4-11 1-2 12, Turner 5-5 1-1 11, Roemer 0-2 1-2 1, Baker 7-15 4-4 20, Robinson 1-1 0-2 3, Hess 3-5 0-4 6, Habiger 0-1 0-0 0, Meyer 3-5 1-2 7, Kite 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 25-48 10-19 66.
Holcomb (11-7, 5-3) — Singhisen 2-6 0-2 4, LaSalle 1-5 2-2 4, Hernandez 4-4 1-1 9, Gaede 1-4 0-0 2, Galliart 0-1 0-0 0, Walck 2-0 0-0 5, Thomas 2-4 1-2 6, Tucker 0-1 0-0 0, Bennett 0-2 0-3 0, Homer 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 13-41 4-10 32.
3-point goals — Scott City 6-13 (O'Neil 3-7, Baker 2-4, Robinson 1-1, Habiger 0-1), Holcomb 2-6 (LaSalle 0-1, Walck 1-2, Thomas 1-2, Tucker 0-1). Rebounds — Scott City 33 (Meyer 8), Holcomb 23 (Bennett 5). Turnovers — Scott City 10, Holcomb 20. Fouls — Scott City 15, Holcomb 20. Fouled out — None.