By MIKE KESSINGER

mkessinger@gctelegram.com

HOLCOMB — The Longhorns may had lost its first Hi-Plains League game of the season Friday at Southwestern Heights, but as far as Holcomb coach Scott Stegman is concerned, that loss is behind them.

After Monday's 59-38 win against Sublette, it would be hard to believe the Longhorns haven't just picked up the same mentality of their coach: don't worry about what's happened, focus on what's ahead. Whether Holcomb (11-6, 6-1) has a chance at the league regular season crown is to be seen, but putting themselves in position of a higher sub-state spot means just as much if not more at this point.

"Heights is kind of leading the thing, but anybody can win the league yet, and can make it to state," Stegman said. "It's wide open. You have to play every game from here on out. You have to get better each game and stay focused on what we're doing. The ultimate is that sub-state, that's what we're playing for."

A Class 3A state qualifier the last two years, the Longhorns made their case Monday as to why they are contenders to make it back.

Sublette came in to the game with just one league loss, but were treated as a team that looked like they were more toward the bottom of the standings. And what may made the 21-point victory even more impressive for Holcomb is that Sublette was coming off a 47-35 win against the always tough Syracuse Bulldogs on Friday.

"I think our focus was a lot better than it was Friday," Holcomb forward Logan Singhisen said. "It was a big win for us. We ran up and down the floor. We played our game tonight."

After a back-and-forth start, the Longhorns started to break away form Sublette (10-7, 6-2) late in the first quarter. A pair of Singhisen free throws made it 16-8 before the Larks cut the deficit to six before the end of the quarter.

The Longhorns though, simply took over from there. The Holcomb defense caused Sublette trouble as they went into halftime just 6-of-16 from the floor. Holcomb had doubled the amount of shots the Larks had taken and led 32-15 at the break after Matt Pfeifer hit 1-of-2 free throws late in the half.

"It was good for us to come in here tonight and have a good game against a team like Sublette," Stegman said. "They were coming off a big victory against Syracuse. We knew they were going to come ready to play. They can shoot the ball really well, so we were concerned about their shooters. I thought we did a really good job defensively."

By the end, the Longhorns had simply dominated Sublette in almost every statistical category. Holcomb outrebounded the Larks 57-38. The largest lead came in the final minutes when the Longhorns were ahead 59-35 with under two minutes to go.

Singhisen paced a group of 10 Longhorns who scored. He finished with 12 points and was followed by Kyle Walck off the bench with 11, while Nolan Gaede tacked on 10 points.

"We like to spread it out and everybody gets their chance," Singhisen said. "We have so many guys with talent that it's easy for everyone to score."

Alex White shot 3-of-9 from the floor and led Sublette with 10 points.

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Holcomb 59, Sublette 38

SUBLETTE (10-7, 6-2) — Leverett 3-10 2-2 8, Blackburn 1-3 0-0 2, Stokes 2-4 0-0 4, Lower 0-1 0-0 0, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Gesung 0-1 3-5 3, Bustillos 0-0 1-2 1, Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Williamson 1-2 2-2 4, Webb 1-3 0-0 2, White 3-9 1-3 10, Birney 0-0 0-0 0, Gonzalez 2-2 0-1 4. Totals — 13-35 9-15 38.

HOLCOMB (11-6, 6-1) — Singhisen 4-11 4-5 12, Robinson 1-4 2-5 4, M. Gaede 2-10 0-0 4, Pfeifer 0-0 1-2 1, N. Gaede 4-11 2-4 10, Stucky 1-2 0-0 2, Walck 5-9 1-3 11, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Homer 2-4 0-0 4, Winters 0-3 2-2 2, VanCampen 3-8 3-5 9. Totals — 22-63 15-26 59.

Sublette 10 5 11 12 -- 38

Holcomb 16 16 14 13 -- 59

3-point goals — Sublette 1-16 (White 1-8, Leverett 0-3, Gesung 0-2, Stokes 0-1, Lower 0-1, Williamson 0-1); Holcomb 0-3 (Robinson 0-1, Pfeifer 0-1, N. Gaede 0-1). Rebounds — Sublette 38 (Blackburn 7); Holcomb 57 (Robinson 12). Assists — Sublette 10 (Leverett, Blackburn 4); Holcomb 16 (Pfeifer 4). Blocks — Sublette 1 (Webb 1); Holcomb 0. Steals — Sublette 5 (Leverett, White 2); Holcomb 6 (M. Gaede 4). Fouled out — Sublette, Stokes. Team fouls — Sublette 21, Holcomb 19. Turnovers — Sublette 17, Holcomb 15.