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Holcomb girls suffer 1st loss; boys advance at Hillsboro

Published 1/15/2013

Holcomb girls suffer 1st loss; boys advance at Hillsboro

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

The objective for Holcomb's girls basketball team heading to central Kansas to compete in the prestigious Hillsboro Trojan Classic was quite simple — see how the state's No. 2-ranked Class 3A team stood up against a bevy of other top-ranked 3A and 4A schools.

Monday night, it was the Lady Longhorns who came up on the short end of a 59-50 opening-round score to No. 4-ranked Hesston, dropping them into the consolation bracket on Thursday against the loser of tonight's Hillsboro-TMP-Marian contest. That game will be played at 4:45 p.m. The Lady Longhorns are now 9-1 overall while Hesston remained among the unbeaten teams at 10-0.

Head coach Kenton Tennal said the lack of depth finally caught up to the Longhorns, along with costly turnovers and not getting the job done defensively and in the rebounding department.

"It was a pretty close game all the way," Tennal said. "But we just ran out of gas, got tired, at the end. We need to play smarter and not make so many fouls, and we need to do a better job of rebounding."

The Lady Longhorns got off to their typical fast start, roaring out to a 19-17 lead after one quarter, but then the high-scoring pace slowed for both teams, Hesston owning a 10-4 edge in the second period to go in at halftime leading 27-23.

"We got our 3s (field goals) and they got their free throws (Hesston's 20-of-31 at the line)," Tennal said. "You just can't send a team to the line that many times. We didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball either, so we've got a lot to work on. We know we're not invincible."

Hesston had a 19-15 advantage in the third period to go into the final eight minutes with a 46-38 lead, and then had a 13-12 edge in the fourth period.

The Lady Longhorns didn't seem to have an answer in stopping Hesston's Kelsey Unruh, who finished with a game-high 19 points, of which 11 came at the free throw line on 15 attempts. Caylee Richardson added 15 points for the Lady Swathers.

Holcomb was led in scoring by senior guard Kyshia Prieto with 15 points while Kylee Amos added 10 to the cause.

"Kyshia did a number of good things and played well," Tennal said.

The first-year coach, though, said rebounding was still a major issue for his team, which doesn't have a player over 5-9.

"We're athletic and can still do better in that area," Tennal said. "We've got to get the ball in the paint to our post players more, too. They've got good moves in there, and we just need to do better there."

Hesston was dominating on the boards, owning a 27-14 edge. Haley Heydman led the Lady Longhorns with 8. They did hit 7-of-14 from behind the arc, but it wasn't enough. They were guilty of 16 turnovers to 14 for Hesston. Each team had 8 steals.

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Hesston 17 10 19 13 -- 59

Holcomb 19 4 15 12 -- 50

Hesston (10-0) ¬­-- Jost 2-4 1-3 5, Cay. Richardson 5-10 4-7 15, Weaver 1-8 3-4 6, Voth 3-5 0-0 7, Suhler 0-1 0-0 0, Schmitt 0-1 0-0 0, Cam. Richardson 3-8 1-2 7, Unruh 4-11, 11-15, 19. Totals 18-48 20-31 59.

Holcomb (9-1)¬­--Pfeifer 1-7 1-5 3, Jarnagin 0-1 0-0 0, Prieto 5-7 3-5 15, Heydman 4-6 0-1 9, Deniston 2-7 2-2 6, Amos 4-5 0-0 10, Pena 2-6 2-4 7. Totals 18-39 7-12 50.

3-point goals--Hesston 3-12 (Jost 0-1, Cay. Richardson 1-2, Weaver 1-5, Voth 1-3, Suhler 0-1), Holcomb 7-14 (Pfeifer 1-5, Prieto 2-3, Heydman 1-1, Deniston 0-2, Amos 2-2, Pena 1-1). Rebounds--Hesston 27 (Cay. Richardson 6), Holcomb 14 (Heydman 8). Turnovers--Hesston 14, Holcomb 16. Team Fouls--Hesston 15, Holcomb 22. Fouled out--Holcomb (Prieto, Deniston).

Boys

After suffering two losses last week to Scott City and Ulysses, the Longhorn boys got back on the winning track with a 69-57 triumph over TMP-Marian in their opening game of the Trojan Classic on Monday.

The win puts the Longhorns (7-3) into Thursday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal against the winner of Monday's late game between Hesston and Riley County.

In a high-scoring first half, the Longhorns jumped out to a 21-16 lead in the first quarter but found themselves leading just 39-35 at halftime.

"I thought we got off to a bit of a sluggish start," said Holcomb coach Chad Novack. "But it's good to get a win under your belt and know that you'll be playing with a bit more excitement later in the week in the semifinals."

And while it wouldn't be considered a blowout win, with TMP only having a 3-7 record, Novack said getting a win would bring some confidence back to his players.

"We finally started hitting some of our shots (27-of-55, 49 percent)," Novack said. "We gave up some offensive boards to them in the first half, but I thought we were better there in the second half."

The Longhorns had a slender 30-26 rebounding advantage as Shane Bennett led the way with 6 while Max Ramsey and Jeremy Cox had 5 each.

"We didn't do quite as good a job in rebounding as we'd like," Novack said. "We just didn't crash as hard as we need to, but again they did a much better job in the second half."

Tyler LaSalle finished the game with 16 points to lead the Longhorns while Bennett and Blake Richmeier joined him in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Aaron Hernandez (8), Corey Roth (7), Ramsey (6) and Cox (5) all contributed to the scoring for the Longhorns.

"The kids have been doing that all year, sharing the ball well and getting balance," Novack said. "When we do that, we're just a much better team because they can't focus in on stopping just one or two players."

Holcomb extended its lead to 52-42 after three quarters and then had a 17-15 final quarter edge. The Longhorns were guilty of 19 turnovers to 17 for the Monarchs.

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TMP-Marian 16 19 7 15 -- 57

Holcomb 21 18 13 17 -- 69

TMP-Marian — nerin 0-7 4-6 4, Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Zimmerman 2-6 2-2 6, M. Megaffin 4-9 0-0 11, Schippers 0-1 0-0 0, Fouts 2-9 6-7 10, Mayorga 3-8 6-6 12, K. Megaffin 0-3 0-0 0, Gottschalk 5-14 4-4 14. Totals 16-58 22-25 57.

Holcomb (7-3)-- amsey 3-4 0-0 6, Bennett 6-11 2-4 14, Roth 2-8 2-2 7, Richmeier 2-7 6-6 11, Gilbert 1-1 0-0 2, Cox 1-6 2-6 5, Hernandez 4-5 0-0 8, LaSalle 8-13 0-0 16. Totals 27-55 12-18 69.

3-point goals--TMP-Marian 3-7 (Zimmerman 0-1, M. Megaffin 3-6), Holcomb 3-9 (Roth 1-5, Richmeier 1-2, Cox 1-1, LaSalle 0-1). Rebounds--TMP-Marian 26 (Mayorga 8), Holcomb 30 (Bennett 6). Turnovers--TMP-Marian 17, Holcomb 19. Team Fouls--TMP-Marian 18, Holcomb 21. Fouled out--Holcomb (Ramsey).

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