By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

HUGOTON Sometimes the shots just don't fall for one basketball team, no matter how good the shots are.

That's what happened to the Hugoton boys as they fell to Southwestern Heights Saturday night 58-31 to finish second in their own Blue and Red Classic.

Heights dropped in 20 of 46 shots, while the Eagles only canned 10 of 42 to account for most of the difference.

But it's not like Hugoton's shots were errant or ill-advised. In fact, most were good shots that just didn't go in.

And Heights had a decided height advantage, which kept the Eagles shooting from outside most of the night.

"They're a dominant team with good guards and they're huge inside," Eagles coach Jason Hajek said of Heights. "We don't have a go-to post player, so we looked to shoot a lot of outside shots and tonight they weren't falling for us."

The Eagles started well enough, going up 9-8 in the first period. Then Heights went on a 24-2 run over the next 12 minutes to take such a commanding lead that Hugoton couldn't recover.

Hajek likened this contest to David vs. Goliath, so he told his team to just play as hard as they could and see what happened.

"I'm pleased with their effort. They played hard," he said of his Eagles.

Heights coach Chad Novack was pleased with his team's effort, and he knows his team's height is an edge.

"We just try to take advantage of that. We try to pound it down low, and that hopefully opens up our outside," he said.

Two of those "bigs" came up strong for Heights. Cory Ryan led the team with 15 points, with 11 coming on free throws after getting hammered on short shots. Jacob Flores added 13.

Hugoton's leading scorer was Cody Frederick with 13 points.

In the girls final, Heights overcame a tight opening quarter to beat Guymon 62-40, holding the Lady Tigers to just 11 points in the second half.

The Ulysses boys took third by defeating Perryton, Texas 78-77 on a free throw by Bryce Moral with less than a second left on the clock.

The Ulysses girls used 15 points from Kaylea Britton to defeat Stratford, Texas, 54-45 for third place, as well.

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Hugoton Blue and Red Classic

Boys

First place

Southwestern Heights 58, Hugoton 31

HEIGHTS - Johnsrud 1 0-0 2, Winfrey 3 0-0 8, Sigala 3 1-1 7, Chase 1 0-0 2, Flores 3 6-9 12, Eakes 5 0-0 12, Ryan 4 7-9 15. Totals 20 14-19 58.

HUGOTON - Ty Concannon 1 0-0 3, Keithan Martin 2 4-4 9, Cody Frederick 4 5-7 13, Zach Dunlap 2 0-0 4, Tate Reed 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 9-11 31.

SW Heights 15 13 22 8 -- 58

Hugoton 9 2 12 8 -- 31

3-point goals: Heights 4 (Winfrey 2, Eakes 2); Hugoton 2 (Concannon 1, Martin 1).

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Girls

Championship

Southwestern Heights 62, Guymon, Okla. 40

HEIGHTS - Britny Butler 5 3-4 14, Deni Jacobs 3 0-0 6, Lindsay Garinger 5 1-4 12, Heidi Brown 5 0-0 13, Marissa Angell 2 2-2 7, Kathy Eakes 2 0-0 4, Sheree Ryan 1 0-1 2, Rachel Stout 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 6-11 62.

GUYMON - Cruzan 2 4-6 10, Corall 1 0-1 3, Costilla 3 6-8 13, Seymour 1 0-0 2, DeWilde 1 0-0 2, Landess 1 0-0 3, Clark 3 0-0 7. Totals 12 10-15 40.

SW Heights 22 14 11 15 -- 62

Guymon 18 11 5 6 -- 40

3-point goals - Heights 6 (Butler 1, Garinger 1, Brown 3, Angell 1); Guymon 5 (Cruzan 2, Corral 1, Costilla 1, Landess 1).