By KEVIN THOMPSON
SUBLETTE — When a team is hot, it's hot.
That was apparent in Sublette's 63-35 win over visiting Lakin on Tuesday night in Hi-Plains League action.
The Lady Larks used two dominating quarters of scoring and defense to account for most of their points.
And when a team is on fire like that, it's hard to put out the flames. That's what the Lady Broncs discovered in the process.
The Lady Larks started the game blazing, outscoring Lakin 19-5 in the opening quarter.
Lakin found a way to put a damper on part of the Larks' explosiveness — they started hitting shots. After hitting only two shots in the opening quarter (nearly five minutes between made field goals), they hit 6-of-8 field goals in the second quarter, outscored the Larks 13-9, grabbed a few more rebounds, and cut Sublette's lead in half, 28-18.
But when a fire is still smoldering, it can quickly rekindle, and it did for the Larks after halftime. They outscored Lakin 18-2 in the third quarter to put the game away for good.
Daryan Whaler and Riley Matteson scored all 19 of Sublette's points in the first quarter and 12 of the Larks' 18 in the third to lead the attack.
Sublette's defense stymied Lakin's efforts for most of the game, forcing 26 turnovers, blocking nine shots and holding Lakin to just 14 field goals on 39 attempts.
It was the inside height and size of the Larks that put the lid on Lakin's inside game, forcing a number of errant shots
But in the second quarter, Lakin's answer was a good dribble penetration that made for some easy baskets.
Fortunately for Sublette, they made the adjustment at halftime and took care of business.
The second-quarter letdown is something that Larks coach Monty Marlin has seen too much, too often in this early season.
"We did the same thing against Meade (in the Cimarron Invitational last week). We jump out to a big lead and let them get right back in it," he said. "Tonight, we jumped out to a big lead. But I thought Lakin did a great job getting themselves back into the ballgame."
But good early possessions turned into field goals got the Larks back on track, he said.
For Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis, it was a case of consistency, or lack thereof.
And it was a case of size, or lack thereof.
"They came out and hit us with a mighty punch early," he said of the quick Lark attack. "Our girls weren't quite ready early in the ball game. We knew what they were going to do and do often, but when we're that small and they're that big and they do that good of a job getting the ball inside, we're in for a long game."
The Broncs had the momentum going into the half, he said, but four straight turnovers to start the third quarter hurt his team again.
"All the credit goes to Sublette," Michaelis said. "They hit a ton of shots. It was just one of those nights."
Matteson and Whaler had 39 of Sublette's points, and Matteson led the team with 11 boards.
Mariah Hill led Lakin with 13 points and four rebounds.
Sublette will face Satanta on Friday, while Lakin (1-4) will host Holcomb (3-2) to go into the holiday break.
Lakin 5 13 2 15 -- 35
Sublette 19 9 18 17 -- 63
Lakin (35) — Hill 4 5-6 13, Davidson 2 0-0 4, Haney 1 0-0 2, Simmons 2 1-2 5, Watkins 4 0-5 9, Richter 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 6-13 35.
Sublette (63) — Matteson 9 2-3 20, Marlin 4 0-0 8, Al.Ornelas 5 0-0 11, M. Torres 2 0-0 4, Meyer 0 1-2 1, Whaler 8 3-3 19. Totals 28 6-8 63.
3-point goals--Lakin 1 (Watkins 1), Sublette 1 (Al.Ornelas 1). Fouls--Lakin 12, Sublette 8. Fouled out--none. Rebounds--Lakin 16 (Hill 4), Sublette 32 (Matteson 11). Turnovers--Lakin 26, Sublette 15.