By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

ELKHART Anyone following the Syracuse Lady Bulldogs in the past two years knows seniors Kylee Hedberg and Kamie Rash have been the offensive gunslingers.

As Hedberg and Rash go, so goes Syracuse. That's the way it has been. That is, until Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Hi-Plains League Tournament.

The "unknowns," as they might be named, came up big for Syracuse as a 48-43 Lady Bulldog victory over Lakin sends them into Thursday's semifinals against top-seeded Southwestern Heights.

"It felt really good to beat Lakin because we haven't beaten them that I can remember," said senior Laci Nairn, who seven seven of her nine points in a fourth quarter comeback. "It was intense out there. I don't shoot that much because we're always looking for (Hedberg and Rash)."

In addition to Nairn in the fourth quarter rally, another senior, Shanelle Sharp scored five of her seven points. Senior Dakota Gordanier knocked down two free throws and the "unknowns" became the headliners in the final eight minutes by combining for 14 of the team's 17 points to spark the victory.

"We know we can be the team that we want and this shows that," Nairn said. "After we played Southwestern Heights (a 70-28 loss before Christmas) we haven't been up. This was the game we needed to get. We need to step up when (Hedberg and Rash) are being guarded so closely. This will help get our confidence back."

Hedberg did have a solid effort, although the triangle-and-two defense employed by Lakin limited her to to just a 3-pointer in the last quarter. She finished with game-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rash, coming off two strong games, struggled from the floor and finished with just six points.

"Finally, that's what I've been wanting all along for us to be a better team," Syracuse coach Mark Akers said. "The other players took charge of the game instead of just hoping that something good would happen. That's huge for us. With the others doing what they did, it will do nothing but help us."

Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis also said that the fourth-quarter spark by Nairn, Sharp and Gordanier made it difficult for his team's defense.

"You know that Hedberg and Rash are going to be the big scorers, so when the others come up with baskets like they did, it makes Syracuse a much more dangerous team," Michaelis said. "We just ran out of gas and I think we need to find a way to get our legs back and finish a game strong. "

The Lady Broncs meet Wichita County at 6 p.m. in the consolation bracket Thursday.

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Syracuse 48, Lakin 43

LAKIN (6-5) Hill 2-5 0-0 4, Jones 3-6 1-2 7, Jennings 5-14 0-0 11, McAtee 2-9 0-0 4, Kysar 4-5 1-2 9, Dunn 4-12 0-0 8. Totals 20-51 2-4 43.

SYRACUSE (5-4) Rash 2-13 2-2 6, Sharp 2-5 2-4 7, Gordanier 0-2 2-2 2, Nairn 3-8 3-7 9, Dowell 0-0 0-0 0, Graber 0-1 0-0 0, Hedberg 9-18 3-3 22, Gerard 1 0-0 2. Totals 17-49 12-18 48.

Lakin 13 10 8 12 -- 43

Syracuse 13 8 10 17 -- 48

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Holcomb 59, Satanta 45

Holcomb overcame a one-point halftime deficit to defeat Satanta 59-45 and advance to Thursday night's semifinals at the Perryman Athletic Complex on the Garden City Community College campus.

Amy Stegman finished with a game-high 20 points for Holcomb, Gottschalk scored 14 and Mallory Komlofske added 11. Aubree Young led Satanta (5-5) with 15 points.

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SATANTA (5-5) Thacker 3 0-0 7, Kelsey Blair 3 2-2 9, Longori 0 0-0 0, Allee Young 1 0-0 2, Kristy Blair 1 0-0 2, Caro 0 1-2 1, Longoria 0 1-2 1, Gonzalez 3 1-2 7, Aubree Young 6 3-3 15, Connor 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 9-13 45.

HOLCOMB (8-1) Pfeifer 0 0-0 0, Lohfink 0 0-0 0, Baier 2 0-0 4, Asmus 0 0-0 0, Gottschalk 4 4-5 14, Komlofske 5 1-1 11, Boyles 2 0-0 4, Pena 3 0-0 6, Stegman 9 2-2 20, Landwehr 0 0-2 0. Totals 25 7-10 59.

Satanta 10 16 6 13 -- 45

Holcomb 12 13 17 17 -- 59

Cimarron 50, Stanton County 46

The Lady Bluejays of Cimarron rallied for a 50-46 victory over Stanton County.

Jenae Helfrich paced a balanced scoring attack with 13 points for Cimarron (7-3), while Katelyn Ridenour and Lindsey Wehkamp scored 12 apiece and Avery Burns added 10.

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STANTON COUNTY (5-6) Summers 5 0-0 11, Batterton 0 0-0 0, Erskin 2 0-0 4, Daniels 5 0-0 14, Martin 1 0-0 3, Nichols 6 1-1 13, Siruta 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 2-3 45.

CIMARRON (7-3) Burns 3 4-8 10, Payne 0 0-0 0, Siek 0 0-0 0, Lock 1 1-2 3, Bryant 0 0-4 0, Wehkamp 3 6-7 12, Ridenour 5 2-2 12, Helfrich 4 2-3 13. Totals 16 15-26 50.

Stanton Co. 8 13 15 10 -- 46

Cimarron 11 13 11 15 -- 50

SW Heights 80, Wichita Co. 39

Top-seeded and defending Class 3A champion Southwestern Heights rolled to an easy 80-39 triumph over Wichita County in its quarterfinal match-up.

Lindsey Estes scored 15 points and Hannah Mehl 13 to pace Wichita County (3-7).

Heights will play Syracuse in the 8 p.m. Thursday semifinal at GCCC.

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WICHITA COUNTY(3-7) Busch 2 0-1 4, Estes 6 2-2 15, Schumacher 1 0-0 3, Mehl 4 2-5 13, Graff 0 0-0 0, Wells 1 0-0 2, Matteson 1 0-0 2, Ridder 0 0-0 0, Zellner 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-8 39.

SW HEIGHTS (9-0) Butler 2 1-1 6, D. Jacobs 8 3-3 19, Garinger 3 3-6 9, R. Jacobs 1 0-0 2, Brwn 5 2-2 15, Angell 1 1-2 4, Eakes 4 0-0 8, Chandler 0 0-2 0, Ryan 5 0-0 10, Eaton 0 0-0 0, Stout 1 0-1 2, Sigala 2 1-2 5. Totals 32 11-19 80.

Wichita Co. 8 12 7 12 -- 39

SW Heights 24 26 19 11 -- 80