Holcomb dominates Colby in twinbill sweep

1/11/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

There were no road worries on Friday night for the Holcomb boys and girls basketball teams.

The Longhorns, and Lady Longhorns, continued their impressive starts to the 2013-14 season by sweeping to easy victories at Colby in Great West Activities Conference action.

The boys won easily with a 62-25 triumph while the Lady Longhorns also were impressive, capturing a 60-24 victory over the Lady Eagles.

With the victories, the boys improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the GWAC while the Lady Longhorns stayed perfect at 7-0 and 2-0. They travel to Scott City on Tuesday.

For the boys, Trey Sleep provided the big scoring punch with 18 points while Heath Tucker added support with 13 points. Coach Chad Novack saw seven other players crack the scoring column.

"I thought the boys played hard, and yet it was sloppy at times," Novack said. "I thought we did a good job of executing our game plan. We forced some things offensively, but I thought we got down and played really good defense."

Novack was pleased with the fact his team came up with 21 assists.

"We shared the ball well and the kids did a good job of looking for each other," Novack said. "They're an unselfish group."

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Holcomb 17 21 13 11 -- 62

Colby 8 4 5 6 -- 25

Holcomb (62) — Gottschalk 9, Tucker 13, Sleep 18, Schmidt 5, Richmeier 5, Merz 6, Ramsey 3, Dortch 2, Van Cleave 1.

Holcomb girls 60, Colby 24

The Lady Longhorns opened their game with a 20-9 first-quarter surge, extended it to 35-14 at halftime and 53-18 by the end of three quarters.

The 7-0 Lady 'Horns got 20 points from Taylor Deniston, 13 from Kylee Amos and 11 points from Jordan Jarnagin in their runaway victory.

Coach Kenton Tennal said his team was suffering through both injuries and illness and yet the players put together what he called, "the most complete game we played all year."

"I thought the girls that went out there put it on the line tonight," Tennal said. "We had a bunch of girls sick, some hurting, and yet we shot the ball well and defensively, I thought we played as well as have all season. Our rebounding, as well as the defense, is improving. We're doing a lot better."

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Holcomb 20 15 18 7 -- 60

Colby 9 5 4 6 -- 24

Holcomb (60) — Jarnagin 4 3-8 11, Heydman 3 2-2 8, Deniston 9 1-2 20, Amos 5 0-1 13, Morales 1 0-0 2, Foreman 2 0-0 6. Totals 24 6-13 60.

Colby (24) — Terrell 2 2-2 6, Dange 0 3-3 3, Stephens 1 0-0 2, Strange 0 0-4 0, Giebler 2 0-0 4, Schindler 1 0-2 2, Siruta 1 0-0 2, McKee 1 0-0 3. Totals 9 5-11 24.

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