Scott City hoops swept by Pueblo East in Southwest Classic openers




Pueblo East boys 69, Scott City 51

Scott City's three-time defending Class 3A state championship team, minus the bulk of its players who accomplished the three-peat, found its season-opening matchup with one of Colorado's top Class 4A schools in Pueblo East just too tough of an assignment.

The result was a 69-51 victory for the visitors on the opening night of the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic at the Scott City gym.

The Eagles jumped on the youthful Beavers, who had four new starters, early in building a 24-15 first quarter lead and then built it to 41-26 at halftime.

"They're good, and they shot the heck out of the ball," said Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil. "They're tough. They have a good mixture of drivers, shooters, and they're experienced with five senior starters."

The third quarter proved to be the undoing for the Beavers as they were outscored 15-8 in that stretch to fall behind 56-33 and could never get the deficit under 15 in the fourth quarter.

Each team connected on six 3-pointers, with Pueblo East's Nick Fesmire and Scott City's Trey O'Neil canning three apiece.

The Eagles (4-1) were led by Jimmy Valdez with 15 points while Tj Gradisar followedwith 14 and Dylan Gavin adding 11. For the Beavers, Trey O'Neil had a game-high 19 points and Brett Meyer contributed 14.

The Beavers (0-1) will play host at 7:45 p.m. today against Wichita Trinity on day two of the Southwest Classic.


Pueblo East 24 17 15 13 -- 69

Scott City 15 11 7 18 -- 51

Pueblo East (69) -- Cruz 4, Jara 6, Gradisar 14, Armijo 8, Gavis 11, Fesmire 9, Gibbons 2, Valdez 15.

Scott City (51) -- Yager 3, Strine 8, Hutchins 3, O'Neil 19, Meyer 14, Baker 4.

3-point goals--Pueblo 6 (Fesmire 3, Gavin 1, Valdez 2), Scott City 6 (Yager 1, Hutchinson 1, O'Neil 3, Meyer 1). Free throws--Pueblo 5-9, Scott City 11-16.

Pueblo East girls 64, Scott City 31

At Scott City in the opening game of the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic, the visiting Lady Eagles got double-figure scoring from four players in rolling past the Lady Beavers 64-31 on Thursday.

The Lady Eagles put the game out of reach early, using a 27-9 run in the first quarter en route to a 40-19 halftime lead. It was 60-23 after three periods.

Kayla Albo topped Pueblo's scoring with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Kassidi Day was next with 15, followed by Jailen Minich with 12 and Kelsey Laughlin with 10. For the Lady Beavers, Bailey Nickel was the lone double-figure scorer with 11 points.

The Lady Beavers will tipoff at 6 p.m. today with their second home game against Wichita Trinity.


Pueblo East 27 13 22 2 -- 64

Scott City 9 10 4 8 -- 31

Pueblo East (64) -- Laughlin 4 1-2 10, Horvat 1 0-0 2, Winston 0 0-2 0, Albo 8 0-0 19, Day 7 1-215, Minich 6 0-0 12, Simony 3 0-0 6. Totals 29 2-6 64.

Scott City (31) -- Latta 1 -48 6, Wilcoxson 32-58, Hawker 1 2-2 4, Wycoff 1 0-4 2, Nickel 4 3-4 11. Totals 10 11-23 31.

3-point goals--Pueblo 4 (Laughlin 1, Albo 3), Scott City 0. Fouls--Pueblo East 19, Scott City 8. Fouled out--none.

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