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Sublette boys surge ahead early, down Elkhart, 64-47

Published 1/16/2013

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

PLAINS-KISMET — There's nothing better that a basketball coach enjoys than seeing his team get off to a jet-fast start.

And that's just what Justin Moore got from his Sublette Larks here Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Hi-Plains League tournament at Southwestern Heights, against Elkhart.

The Larks got a 64-47 victory over the Wildcats after taking off to a 19-10 lead, which was just the first of the engine thrusts for Sublette, as it then outscored Elkhart 20-6 in the second quarter for a commanding 39-16 halftime lead.

The victory improved the Larks to 7-3 and advances them into Friday's 6 p.m. semifinal against Stanton County, which held off Satanta, 61-52.

In the other late game, Cimarron's Bluejays rallied from a seven-point deficit (38-31) with 4:30 remaining to knock off the host Southwestern Heights Mustangs, 50-45, to advance to Friday's semifinal contest against Meade.

"I thought we just had a terrific first half, came out on fire," Moore said of his team's early surge. "We were able to get the ball inside and then outside. We were catching in rhythm and shooting it well tonight. When you're knocking down shots like that it extends their defense and then opens things up inside, too."

The Larks got another big performance from 6-3 senior forward Taylor Williamson, who dumped in 24 points, 17 of those coming in the first half's critical stage. He was 6-of-8 at the free throw line.

"We continue to improve and even when it seems we take a step back, we're finding ways to move two steps forward," Moore said of his team's improvement.

Moore said the biggest improvement he has seen in his team since the season's start in early December has been in its patience on offense.

"Today, though, I finally say helpside defense, and that improvement is big for us," Moore said. "That part really showed up for us tonight."

After building leads of nearly 25 points, the Larks saw the advantage slip to 15, but the Wildcats could never get closer in the final quarter.

"We were able to play a lot of kids tonight and they all stepped up," Moore said. "It was a great team effort."

In addition to Williamson's big night, Nathan Cearly added 13 points for the Larks. Elkhart got 15 points from Brendan Carter.

In other boys quarterfinal games, it was No. 1-seeded Meade, the state's No. 1-ranked Class 2A team, rolling by Lakin, 60-39.

With the exception of Cimarron's win, the top-seeded teams held true to form, as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds all advanced.

Friday's semifinals, which move to Garden City Community College's Perryman Athletic Complex, will have Sublette and Stanton County tipping off at 6 p.m., and Meade-Cimarron following at approximately 7:30. In consolation games, it will be Lakin and Southwestern Heights at 4:30 with Elkhart taking on Satanta at 7:30.

Consolation and championship games will be played Saturday.

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Elkhart 10 6 11 20 -- 47

Sublette 19 20 14 11 -- 64

Elkhart (47) — Carter 6 0-0 15, McKinley 2 0-0 4, Barco 2 0-0 4, Gomez 2 2-2 6, Hurn 1 0-0 3, Harbour 4 0-0 8, Hanna 1 0-0 3, Higgins 1 2-4 4. Totals 19 4-6 47.

Sublette (64) — Leverett 4 0-0 8, Lower 1 0-0 3, Chavarria 0 2-2 2, Gesling 3 0-0 6, Williamson 9 6-8 24, Martens 2 0-0 6, Cearley 5 0-0 13, Webb 1 0-1 2. Totals 25 8-11 64.

3-point goals — Elkhart 5 (Carter 3, Hurn 1, Hanna 1), Sublette 6 (Cearley 3, Martens 2, Lower 1). Team Fouls — Elkhart 15, Sublette 12. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — Elkhart (Harbour).

Stanton County 61,

Satanta 52

The Stanton County boys got a 61-52 win over Satanta on Tuesday in the first round of the Hi-Plains League Tournament.

A 19-8 second quarter fueled the Trojans to a nine-point halftime lead, and they held on through an even second half.

Jacob Cron led Stanton County with 21 points, with Marques Logan adding 19.

Zach Freeman scored 18 for Satanta, and James Turpin added 12.

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Satanta 17 8 11 16 -- 52

Stanton County 15 19 16 11 -- 61

Satanta (52) — B. Miller 1 0-0 3, Turpin 4 4-5 12, G. Miller 3 1-2 8, Leggett 1 0-0 2, Colantonio 1 1-4 3, Freeman 8 2-4 18, Garcia 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 8-15 52.

Stanton County (61) — R. Pantoja 0 1-2 1, Logan 8 3-6 19, Molina 3 1-6 7, Amerin 2 0-0 4, Cron 5 7-8 21, Smith 3 0-0 6, Overturf 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 12-22 61.

3-point goals — Satanta 2 (B. Miller 1, G. Miller 1), Stanton County 5 (Cron 4, Overturf 1). Team Fouls — Satanta 18, Stanton County 14. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — Satanta (Turpin).

Meade 60,

Lakin 39

The Buffaloes outscored Lakin in every quarter on their way to a 60-39 win over the Broncs on Tuesday at Southwestern Heights as Meade remains undefeated to begin their tournament run.

Jett Little and Morgan Davis both led Meade with 17 points to hold off Lakin throughout the contest.

Lakin was led by Dalton Shalberg with 13 points.

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Lakin 10 9 12 8 -- 39

Meade 17 17 15 11 -- 60

Lakin (39) — Shalberg 6 1-2 13, Christiansen 2 0-0 4, Franco 2 0-0 5, Chavez 2 1-2 5, Seeger 2 1-2 6, Ju. Esquivel 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 3-6 39.

Meade (60) — Little 7 2-3 17, Hardaway 3 1-3 7, Vanderpool 2 1-2 5, T. Wiens 1 2-4 4, Finster 3 0-1 6, Davis 8 1-2 17, Reichmann 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 7-15 60.

3-point goals — Lakin 2 (Franco 1, Seeger 1), Meade 1 (Little). Team Fouls — Lakin 15, Meade 6. Technical Fouls — Lakin (McAtee, coach). Fouled out — none.

Cimarron 50,

SW Heights 45

Cimarron used powerful offense in the second half to overcome and knock off SW Heights 50-45 at Heights' gym on Tuesday in the opening round of the Hi-Plains League Tournament for both squads.

Christian Fischer led Cimarron with 13 points. A few other Bluejays had double figures including Ted Boersma with 12 points, Stewart Fairbank with 11, and Caleb Fischer with 10 as Cimarron used a 21-14 fourth quarter to steal the victory against Heights.

Clayton Chase led SW Heights with 12 points as the Mustangs led 21-15 at halftime before dwindling to two points after the third quarter.

Cimarron found itself on the short end of that seven-point deficit before outscoring the Mustangs 19-7 over the final portion of the fourth quarter. The Bluejays finally took the lead, and then maintained it throughout, at 41-40 on a follow shot by Ty Clark.

From there, the Bluejays got critical free throws from Teddy Boersma, Stewart Fairbank and Caleb Fischer, along with a driving layup by Fischer. Heights, meanwhile, could muster only a driving layup by Ben Johnsrud and a 12-foot baseline jumper from Chase during the closing two and a half minutes.

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Cimarron 11 4 14 21 -- 50

SW Heights 9 12 10 14 -- 45

Cimarron (50) — Ca. Fischer 4 1-2 10, Clark 2 0-0 4, Ch. Fischer 5 3-4 13, Boersma 3 5-6 12, Fairbank 3 2-2 11. Totals 17 11-14 50.

SW Heights (45) — Herrera 1 2-2 4, Johnsrud 2 3-5 7, Lee 3 2-3 8, Martinez 2 0-0 4, Chase 6 0-2 12, Metcalf 1 0-0 2, Jennings 4 0-0 8. Totals 19 7-12 45.

3-point goals — Cimarron 5 (Fairbank 3, Ca. Fischer 1, Boersma 1), SW Heights 0. Team Fouls — Cimarron 13, SW Heights 14. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — SW Heights (Lee).

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