Late Tuesday preps: Deerfield boys nip Elkhart; Wichita Co. boys dropped by Hoxie

1/16/2014

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Deerfield 57, Elkhart 55

The Deerfield Spartans used a second-half rally to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to slip past the Elkhart Wildcats, 57-55, in a non-league boys basketball game on Tuesday night at Deerfield.

The Spartans trailed 31-23 at halftime but then outscored the Wildcats 34-24 in the final 16 minutes to capture the win and improve their season record to 4-4.

Mike Mata led the way for the Spartans with 19 points while Anthony Mata and Marc Skipper added 11 and 10 points, respectively. For Elkhart, Wes Higgins was the top scorer with 15 points. Israel Barco, Alex Gomez and Justin Hurn each scored 10 points for the Wildcats.

Both teams suffered free throw shooting woes, with the Spartans hitting just 7-of-17 charities to 14-of-28 for the Wildcats.

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Elkhart 10 21 12 12 -- 55

Deerfield 10 13 17 17 -- 57

Elkhart (55) — Bashford 1 2-4 4, McKinley 1 0-0 2, Barco 1 7-9 10, Gomez 5 0-2 10, Hanna 0 0-2 0, Hurn 4 0-3 10, Higgins 6 3-5 15, Witcher 1 2-3 4. Totals 19 14-28 55.

Deerfield (57) — Al. Mata 2 2-2 7, M. Mata 6 5-11 19, An. Mata 5 0-0 11, Tackett 2 0-0 4, Rubio 3 0-1 6, Skipper 5 0-3 10. Totals 23 7-17 57.

3-point goals--Elkhart 1 (Barco), Deerfield 4 (Al. Mata 1, M. Mata 2, An. Mata 1).

Hoxie 72, Wichita Co. 32

At Hoxie, the host Indians led from start to finish en route to a dominating 72-32 victory over the Wichita County Indians on Tuesday night.

Hoxie opened up a 14-8 lead after one quarter, extended it to 30-21 at halftime and then took command with a 30-7 third-quarter explosion to make it 60-28 heading to the fourth quarter.

Kade Spresser led the way for Hoxie with 21 points while Connor Katt and Chase Kennedy added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Indians (7-1). For Wichita County, Jantz Budde was the lone double-figure scorer with 17 points. The visiting Indians saw their record slip to 2-7.

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Wichita Co. 8 13 7 4 -- 32

Hoxie 14 16 30 12 -- 72

Wichita Co. (32) — Huber 0 0-1 0, Fletrcher 1 0-2 2, Budde 4 8-11 17, Burch 1 0-0 2, Schumacher 2 0-2 4, Wilson 3 1-1 7. Totals 11 9-17 32.

Hoxie (72) — Katt 5 2-3 12, Taylort 1 0-0 2, Hoeting 0 2-4 2, J. Heim 1 1-2 4, Ewers 2 1-2 6, Spresser 9 3-3 21, Kennedy 5 1-2 11, Kaus 2 0-0 4, Smith 2 2-2 6, Johnson 1 2-2 4. Totals 28 14-20 72.

3-point goals--Wichita Co. 1 (Budde), Hoxie 2 (J. Heim, Ewers 1 each).

Hi-Plains League

Pairings have been announced for the 2014 Hi-Plains League basketball tournament, scheduled for Monday through Jan. 25.

Play-in games and first-round games will be held at Sublette High School on Monday and Tuesday, with semifinal and other consolation games to be held Jan. 23 to 25 at the Perryman Athletic Complex on the campus of Garden City Community College.

Earning the top seeds were defending champions Cimarron's girls (8-1) and the Meade boys (6-1).

Monday's play-in games at Sublette will have the Syracuse boys (3-4) taking on Stanton County (3-5) at 8 p.m., preceded by the Lakin girls (3-6) facing Sublette (1-7) at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, first-round boys games will have two games at 5 p.m. in both Sublette gyms, with Meade taking on the Syracuse-Stanton County winner while No. 2 seed Cimarron (7-2) faces Lakin (4-5). In 8 p.m. games, it will be No. 4 Southwestern Heights (5-4) meeting Elkhart (4-4) and No. 3 Satanta (5-3) playing No. 6 Sublette (4-4).

Boys consolation games will be played on Jan. 23 with boys semifinals set for Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Perryman Athletic Complex. The boys championship game will be contested at 8 p.m. on Jan. 25.

On the girls side of the bracket, Tuesday first-round games will have 3:30 p.m. games, with Cimarron facing the Lakin-Sublette winner; and No. 3 seed Syracuse (4-3) taking on No. 6 Stanton County (3-5). In 6:30 p.m. games, No. 4 Elkhart (4-4) meets No. 4 Southwestern Heights (4-5) and No. 2 Meade (5-2) faces No. 7 Satanta (3-5).

Girls' consolation games will be played on Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the two semifinal championship bracket games are slated for Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The girls title game will be played at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Holcomb/ Hillsboro Classic

The Holcomb girls, despite a 7-0 record, received the No. 5 seed for the 2014 Hillsboro Trojan Classic, which gets under way on Monday.

Holcomb's boys, meanwhile, are seeded No. 3 with a 6-2 record.

Both teams will open first-round action on Monday, with the boys playing Thomas More Prep-Marian of Hays (3-4) at 4:30 p.m. and the Lady Longhorns following in a 6 p.m. game against unbeaten and No. 4 seed Riley County (7-0).

In the girls bracket, Hillsboro (8-0) drew the No. 1 seed and will face Republic County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to complete the top bracket with Holcomb and Riley County. In the bottom half of the girls bracket, it will be Wamego (7-0) facing TMP-Marian (2-5) at 3 p.m. Hesston (7-0) faces Goodland (6-1) in a 3 p.m. Tuesday game to complete first-round games.

Semifinal games are slated for Jan. 23 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. while consolation games will be played on Jan. 24 at 3 and 4:30 p.m. for the girls.

In the boys' bracket, Hillsboro (7-1) faces Goodland (3-5) in the bottom half of the bracket where Holcomb is placed. Those teams play at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In the top half of the bracket, it will be Hesston (7-0) against Riley County (3-5) at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wamego (4-3) against Republic County (4-4) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Boys' semifinals will be played at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24; consolation games are set for 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 23. The boys championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.

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