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Lady 'Jays beat Satanta, 84-37 in HPL tourney

Published 1/16/2013

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

PLAINS-KISMET — Cimarron girls basketball coach David Ediger is never one to take anything for granted, and also never to be satisfied with the way his team plays.

That, despite the fact his Lady Bluejays rolled past the Satanta Lady Indians here Tuesday afternoon, 84-37, in the quarterfinals of the Hi-Plains League tournament at the Southwestern Heights gymnasium.

The state's No. 3-ranked Class 3A team didn't waste any time in putting this game out of reach, scoring the game's first 13 points and leading 26-12 after the first quarter.

"Our girls are doing a good job of coming ready to play every game," Ediger said. "But we'll look back at this and know that just because we break their front press, they're still coming at you."

While Ediger could look at his team's hot-handed shooting (27-of-41 field goals, 65.8 percent and 26-of-34 free throws, 76.4 percent), he was not happy with the turnovers (31) and a slight rebounding advantage (33-24).

"We still have things to work on, that's the thing that you always look at," Ediger said. "We gave up the baseline on defense too many times, but I thought the girls still stayed focused. They're trying to get better."

By halftime, the Lady Bluejays had built their lead to 47-20, and extended it to 71-32 after three quarters.

Balance has been a key component in their run to a perfect 10-0 record, and Tuesday's victory was no different.

Sophomore guard Morgan Ediger led four players in double figures with a game-high 22 points. Junior Ashtynn Burns was right behind with 20 points, while Ellen Waters, the lone senior on the team, added 16, and Boo Dupree chipped in with 11.

"We share the ball well, and it's very rare we get a basket without an assist," Ediger said. "The kids are playing well together and still working hard to get better."

Ediger said he was satisfied with his team's effort and said the biggest area of improvement since early December was in gaining familiarity with each other.

"We lost so much off last year's team, it's taken this group some time to fit together at the varsity level," Ediger said. "Overall, we're just coming together. We've got a lot of things to work on, but we've shot the ball well lately by getting good looks."

Satanta, which falls to 3-6, got nine points from Valerie Caro. The Lady Indians struggled taking care of the ball, guilty of 39 miscues forced by the Cimarron defense.

In other girls quarterfinal action, it was Meade cruising to a 62-43 victory over Lakin; No. 4 seed Elkhart used a strong second-half to topple Sublette, 64-51; and No. 2-seeded Southwestern Heights escaped Stanton County's upset bid, 48-41.

For Thursday's semifinals, when the tournament moves to Perryman Athletic Complex at Garden City Community College, it will be Meade and Heights at 6 p.m., with Cimarron and Elkhart following at 7:30 p.m. Consolation games will have Syracuse vs. Pawnee Heights at 3 p.m.; Satanta and Sublette, also at 3 o'clock, while Lakin and Stanton County meet at 6 p.m.

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Satanta 12 8 12 5 -- 37

Cimarron 26 21 24 13 -- 84

Satanta (37) — Stalker 2-2 0-0 4, Long 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 1-5 0-0 3, Longoria 1-7 2-3 5, Jen. Rehmke 3-8 0-2 6, Jon. Rehmke 1-1 2-2 4, Blair 0-1 0-0 0, Val. Caro 4-12 1-2 9, Van. Caro 0-8 2-2 2. Totals 14-49 7-11 37.

Cimarron (84) — Dupree 4-6 2-2 11, Burns 6-7 8-8 20, Meis 0-3 0-2 0, Blattner 0-0 1-4 1, Hoskinson 3-4 0-0 6, Waters 4-7 8-8 16, Ediger 6-9 7-8 22, E. Koopman 4-5 0-2 8. Totals 27-41 26-34 84.

3-point goals--Satanta 2-13 (Long 0-1, Smith 1-4, Longoria 1-3, Blair 0-1, Val. Caro 0-4), Cimarron 4-8 (Dupree 1-2, Burns 0-1, Waters 0-1, Ediger 3-4). Rebounds--Satanta 24 (Long 7), Cimarron 33 (Ediger 6). Turnovers--Satanta 39, Cimarron 31. Fouls--Satanta 22, Cimarron 14. Fouled out--none.

Meade 62,

Lakin 43

The Lady Buffaloes scored double figures in each quarter to hold off Lakin 62-43 on Tuesday at Southwestern Heights in the Hi-Plains League Tournament opener for both teams.

Meade had an impressive game from Kinzie Friesen who led all players with 25 points. Both Bailey Olvera and Tarah Wiens also had double figures for Meade chipping in 13 points each.

Darrie Rogers led Lakin with 18 points followed by Mariah Watkins with 13 points.

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Lakin 11 13 10 9 -- 43

Meade 15 20 15 12 -- 62

Lakin (43) — Davidson 2 0-1 5, Haney 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 0 0-1 0, Simmons 0 2-2 2, Rogers 9 0-1 18, Watkins 6 0-0 13, Richter 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 3-7 43.

Meade (62) — Olvera 4 5-6 13, A. Rudzik 2 0-0 4, Miller 2 0-0 5, Thompson 0 2-2 2, Wiens 5 3-5 13, Friesen 9 6-7 25. Totals 22 16-20 62.

3-point goals — Lakin 2 (Davidson 1, Watkins 1), Meade 2 (Miller 1, Friesen 1). Team Fouls — Lakin 16, Meade 10. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out ¬­-- none.

SW Heights 48, Stanton County 41

The host Lady Mustangs used a 17-6 fourth quarter run to edge out Stanton County 48-41 on Tuesday in the first round of Hi-Plains League Tournament play.

Nayelly LaPoint led Heights with 14 points, followed by Jackie Loya with 11 points and Raquel Longoria with 10.

Kristina Gerard and Jenna Black both led Stanton County with 13 and 11 points respectively.

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Stanton County 8 15 12 6 -- 41

SW Heights 20 8 3 17 -- 48

Stanton County (41) — Ochoa 1 0-0 3, Lawrence 2 0-2 4, Erskin 3 0-0 6, Black 4 2-4 11, Gerard 5 3-3 13, Overturf 1 2-6 4. Totals 16 7-15 41.

SW Heights (48) — Longoria 4 0-0 10, LaPoint 4 6-8 14, Couch 1 2-4 5, Loya 2 6-6 11, Olvera 0 1-2 1, Chavez 0 2-2 2, Carrillo 1 3-4 5. Totals 12 20-26 48.

3-point goals — Stanton County 2 (Ochoa 1, Black 1), SW Heights 4 (Longoria 2, Couch 1, Loya 1). Team Fouls — Stanton County 21, SW Heights 17. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — Stanton County (Erskin, Gerard).

Elkhart 64,

Sublette 51

The Elkhart Lady Wildcats held Sublette to 15 points in the second half to pull away from the Lady Larks 64-51 on Tuesday at SW Heights.

Victoria Fullerton led Elkhart with 17 points, with Miranda Brewer and Dannah White each adding 15..

Riley Matteson led Sublette with 24 points with Brooke Briggs adding 20.

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Sublette 8 28 7 8 -- 51

Elkhart 18 17 12 17 -- 64

Sublette (51) — Ri. Matteson 6 9-13 24, Briggs 8 0-1 20, Ornelas 1 0-0 2, Cooley 1 2-2 4, Barajas 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 12-18 51.

Elkhart (64) — Kal. Hoskinson 2 1-2 6, Fullerton 3 11-12 17, Brewer 6 3-8 15, White 6 3-4 15, Thomason 3 0-0 7, Strothman 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 18-26 64.

3-point goals — Sublette 7 (Briggs 4, Ri. Matteson 3), Elkhart 2 (Kal. Hoskinson 1, Thomason 1). Team Fouls — Sublette 18, Elkhart 18. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — Sublette (Whaler).

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