CIMARRON — While it wasn’t the most graceful of games, it was a win for the host Cimarron Bluejay girls, as they advanced to Friday’s semifinals in their own tournament with a 67-34 win over Satanta.
Cimarron (1-1) capitalized on a number of Indian turnovers early, taking a 12-6 lead after one period, when Satanta turned the ball over on 14 of its 20 possessions.
The Jays extended the lead to 28-14 at the break, then broke it open with a 24-10 third quarter.
Cimarron put the game away, after Satanta closed the gap to 28-22 early in the third, when they went on a 14-2 run, scoring on seven straight possessions. They closed out the quarter scoring four straight times.
Cimarron dominated the boards, out-rebounding Satanta, 38-21. Satanta turned the ball over 36 times to Cimarron’s 21.
Leading scorer for Cimarron was Taylor Jantz with eight field goals and five free throws for 21 points. Sydney Moler added nine. Alex Howie led Satanta (0-2) with 10 points, including a pair of threes.
After a lopsided loss at Ulysses last Friday, Cimarron coach David Ediger was happy to pick up this win and advance. The difference?
“Tonight, we made some shots (25 of 58). Friday we didn’t make any,” he said. “We missed some open shots and turned it over 34 times Friday.”
The 21 turnovers, though high, were significantly fewer this time around, and shots dropped and the Jays forced turnovers.
“We did that the other night and didn’t score,” Ediger said. “Tonight, we forced those and had some points (31 following a turnover). We got more in our style of game tonight.”
His team’s zone offense in the first half also got the Jays some easy shots and they were able to move the ball pretty well.
Cimarron awaits the winner of the South Gray-Moscow Tuesday game for Friday’s semifinal.