By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

CIMARRON — When you host a tournament, it’s a good deal if you win it.

That’s what the Cimarron Lady Jays did Saturday night. It just wasn’t quite how they had it planned.

They defeated a determined Bucklin Lady Red Aces squad, 45-41, after mounting a comeback in the final quarter.

The ‘Jays extended a four-point halftime lead to nine with three straight scoring trips to open the third quarter. Then they went cold.

Bucklin (2-2), after turning over the ball its first four trips of the half, went on an 11-0 run over the next 3:34 to take a 34-32 lead.

After Cimarron’s Emily Payne tied it at 34-34, Janae Price hit a three to help the Aces take the lead into the fourth quarter.

That’s when the Cimarron defense rose to the occasion, as the Lady ‘Jays outscored Bucklin 11-4 for the victory, though not exactly as dominating as they wanted it.

“We didn’t shoot the ball too well (only 37 percent) and couldn’t really get into a flow,” Cimarron coach David Ediger said.

The case in point, he noted, was the start of the third quarter when his team built the nine-point lead only to go scoreless over the next five minutes as they watched Bucklin take the lead.

Bucklin coach Craig Bowman said his team’s strategy was to stay with Cimarron and keep the game close.

“That was our motto from the start. Play hard mentally and physically and you’re going to stay in the game, no matter what,” he said. “For the most part, we did that.”

The Ace’s zone defense seemed to throw Cimarron off its game. It was something Bowman said he had to use since his best player, Morgan Hood, was out with an injury. It’s what his girls needed to do to limit the inside play of Cimarron’s Lindsay Wehkamp, which they did, holding her to just 10 points.

“We had good rotation and good help on her,” Bowman said. “And I thought we did a great job blocking out, for the most part.”

Three quarters of hard-fought basketball drained his team, though, as the Aces ran out of offensive firepower.

“They spread us out. They made us work for every stop," he said.

Cimarron picked up the defense in the final quarter, giving up only one free throw in mid-quarter and a three-pointer at the buzzer.

"We showed a lot of poise at the end of the game," Ediger said. "We spread them out and did what we had to do."

The zone rattled the Bluejays (4-0) more than he expected, Ediger said.

"We played really well against zone the first couple games," Ediger said. "The last couple games we got all stagnant. We haven't moved like we normally do."

The win was sweet, especially for his seniors, in front of the home crowd, Ediger said.

Senior guard Avery Burns scored 14 points to pace the winners while Wehkamp added 10 rebounds for a double-double effort.

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Championship

Cimarron 45, Bucklin 41

Bucklin 11 12 14 4 -- 41

Cimarron 11 16 7 11 -- 45

Bucklin (41) — Cossell 2 1-2 5, Kreutzer 1 0-1 2, A.Price 4 0-1 10, J.Price 4 0-0 10, T. Stout 2 1-1 5, Davis 3 0-0 7. Totals 16 3-6 41,

Cimarron (45) — Av.Burns 4 4-5 14, Ash.Burns 1 1-2 4, Payne 3 0-0 6, Siek 1 0-0 2, C.DuPree 3 0-0 7, Bryant 1 0-1 2, Wehkamp 4 2-5 10. Totals 14 7-13 45.

3-point goals--Bucklin 6-14 (A.Price 2-5, J.Price 2-3, Davis 3-4), Cimarron 4-13 (Av.Burns 2--3, Ash.Burns 1-5, C.DuPree 1-3). Rebounds--Bucklin 21 (Kreutzer 7), Cimarron 26 (Wehkamp 10). Fouls--Bucklin 13, Cimarron 11. Fouled out--none. Turnovers--Bucklin 17, Cimarron 9.

Sublette 56, Meade 38

In the third place game, Sublette used a strong second half to defeat Meade 56-38.

The Lady Larks were down 26-24 at the half but outscored the Lady Buffaloes 32-12 in the second half for the win.

Riley Matteson led the Larks with 19 points and Daryan Whaler added 15.

Kinzie Friesen led Meade with 13 points.

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Third place

Sublette 56, Meade 38

Sublette 10 14 13 19 -- 56

Meade 4 22 4 8 -- 38

Sublette (56) — Matteson 7 5-7 19, Marlin 2 0-0 4, Ornelas 1 0-0 2, Al.Torres 2 2-2 7, Meyer 3 3-7 9, Whaler 5 5-8 15. Totals 20 15-24 56.

Meade (38) — Crain 1 0-2 2, Hansen 1 0-2 2, Wiens 1 0-0 2, Rudzik 2 0-1 4, Miller 3 0-0 6, Cook 4 0-0 8, Moshier 0 1-4 1, Friesen 6 1-3 13. Totals 18 2-12 38.

3-point goals--Sublette 1 (Al.Torres 1), Meade 0. Fouls--Sublette 8, Meade 18. Fouled out--none.

Deerfield 54, Satanta 24

In the fifth place game, Deerfield used a 16-2 first quarter and 16-8 second to put the game out of reach quickly as they defeated Satanta 54-24.

Bridget Crandall led the Lady Spartans with 15 points, including two 3-pointers. Hailey Novack added nine points and Mariah Smith nine.

Satanta was led by Kacey Smith with six points, while Megan Long and Allee Young added five each.

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Fifth place

Deerfield 16 16 9 13 -- 54

Satanta 2 8 8 6 -- 24

Deerfield (54) — Mata 2 0-0 4, Crandall 6 0-0 14, Novack 4 3-6 11, Vides 2 0-0 4, Calderon 4 0-0 8, Chavira 1 0-0 2, Morgan 1 0-2 2, Smith 4 1-4 9. Totals 24 4-12 54.

Satanta (24) — Stalker 2 0-0 4, Long 2 0-0 5, Smith 2 2-3 6, Boyett 1 0-0 2, Longoria 1 0-0 2, Rehmke 0 0-2 0, Young 2 1-2 5. Totals 10 3-7 24.

3-point goals--Deerfield 2 (Crandall 2), Satanta 1 (Long 1). Fouls--Deerfield 10, Satanta 11. Fouled out--none.

South Gray 64, Healy 16

In the seventh place game, South Gray had no trouble with Healy, winning 64-16.

The Lady Rebels scored in double figures and held Healy to just single digits each quarter.

Myranda Axtell led South Gray with 17 points. Dusty Watkins added 12, and Whitney Wright chipped in 10.

Healy was led by Kiara Sharp and Silje Norbye with four points each.

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Seventh place

South Gray 16 12 16 20 -- 64

Healy 7 3 4 2 -- 16

South Gray (64) — Watson 3 0-0 6, Ardery 1 0-0 2, K.Unruh 1 0-0 2, Wright 5 0-0 10, M.Unruh 3 0-0 6, Axtell 8 1-1 17, Hibbert 1 0-0 2, Starley 1 0-1 2, Smith 1 0-0 2, Torres 1 0-0 3, Watkins 6 0-0 12. Totals 31 1-2 64.

Healy (16) — Prieto 1 1-2 3, Sharp 2 0-0 4, A.Barnett 0 1-3 1, Coker 1 0-0 2, Norby 2 0-1 4, C.Barnett 1 0-2 2. Totals 7 2-8 16.

3-point goals--South Gray 1 (Torres 1), Healy 0. Fouls--South Gray 17, Healy 12. Fouled out--none.