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Cimarron comes back to beat Meade, to face SW Heights in final

Published 1/20/2012

By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

Undefeated and top-seeded Cimarron took the exciting road into the finals of the Hi-Plains League tournament Thursday night, holding off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Meade 61-55, setting up a Saturday title game against also-undefeated Southwestern Heights.

Seemingly sitting in the catbird seat late in the third period, the Lady Bluejays watched a 13-point lead disappear in a hurry.

What had been a cold-shooting, turnover-prone Meade team suddenly hit its stride in scoring on nine straight possessions and taking a 45-44 lead with 5:14 to play.

Consecutive field goals by Taylor Siek and Lindsay Wehkamp got Cimarron back on track with a lead until Meade's Kinzie Friesen and Tarah Wiens hit consecutive baskets for the tie.

That's when the Lady Jays regained their composure. Rebecca Dupree's three-pointer with 1:50 to play gave them the lead for good, and Ashtynn Burns hit 5-of-6 free throws to seal the win.

Meade closed the gap to 57-55 on Lissa Crain's field goal with a minute to go, but they only managed desperation threes at the end.

It was free throw shooting that aided Cimarron early, too.

Meade took an 17-15 lead early in the second period, then ran into a scoring roadblock, while the Lady Bluejays hit eight free throws and two field goals to take a 12-point halftime lead.

Cimarron finished 22-of-26 from the free throw line.

Meade's 22 fourth-quarter points came with the help of seven Cimarron turnovers that led to eight points and momentum. If the Jays had one negative on the night it was turnovers--21 of them. But overcoming those showed the coach something.

"Our girls showed a lot of patience and a lot of heart tonight," Cimarron coach David Ediger said. "This is the proudest I've been of this group in a long time."

The Jays' defense in the first half packed the middle and caused a lot of turnovers, he said, and the team played better together, and the results showed.

"We had a lot of energy from our bench and we had a lot of energy on the bench cheering for them," Ediger added.

The bench was important after Chelsea Dupree left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Her replacements stepped up and played well, he said.

Cimarron is already without senior guard Avery Burns, out with a knee injury.

The win set up a matchup with second-seeded Heights, hardly anything new for Ediger. In the past six finals, his Jays have played the Lady Mustangs, winning five of those.

"We're going to play like we always play," Ediger said. "(Heights coach Barry Mellon) knows how we play; we know how they play."

Meade (5-5) will face Sublette in the third-place game Saturday.

on Saturday.

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Meade 15 2 16 22 -- 55

Cimarron 15 12 15 19 -- 61

Meade (55) — Olvera 1 0-1 2, Crain 6 2-3 14, Wiens 2 0-0 4, Rudzik 4 2-2 10, Miller 0 4-4 4, Cook 2 1-2 5, Moshier 1 0-0 3, Friesen 6 1-2 13. Totals 22 10-14 55.

Cimarron (61) — R. Dupree 4 2-2 12, Ashtynn Burns 3 11-12 18, Siek 2 0-0 4, Waters 2 0-0 4, C. Dupree 1 0-0 2, Ediger 1 1-2 3, Bryant 2 2-4 6, Wehkamp 4 4-4 12. Totals 19 20-24 61.

3-point goals — Meade 1 (Moshier), Cimarron 3 (R. Dupree 2, Ashtynn Burns 1). Team Fouls — Meade 25, Cimarron 15. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — none.

SW Heights 44, Sublette 22

Just last Friday, Southwestern Heights had an abnormally bad shooting night against Sublette. The Lady Mustangs still got the win, but they had something to prove in the semifinal game matchup against the Lady Larks.

Six days made a world of difference as the Lady Mustangs took care of an undermanned Sublette squad to win 44-22, keeping their unbeaten streak alive.

The Mustangs took full advantage of 22 Lark turnovers and made sure the offense looked as good as its reputation.

Sheree Dupree and Rebi Jacobs led the Mustangs in scoring with 10 points apiece, but more importantly, Heights seems to have found the combination on both sides of the ball after last week's stumble.

A full court press or half-court trap kept the Larks playing much of game between the circles and forcing long passes, leading to the high turnovers.

Last week's 33-19 game was uncharacteristically low scoring for both teams, which each averaging 48 points a game. It was 30-19 at the end of the third period in this game, but the chink in the Heights' armor was exposed in that quarter as they only scored five points on 2-of-13 shooting.

The turnovers proved costly for the Larks, especially early when they gave the ball away 10 times in the opening period.

Part of that was due to fatigue suffered in the Larks' Tuesday night victory as Daryan Whaler, Katelyn Marlin and Emily Meyer played nearly the full 32 minutes each. The trio scored 52 of the team's 57 points, but Thursday they were held to just 14 as the Heights defense was too quick and too tall.

Sublette coach Monty Marlin knew his girls were in for a workout, especially after Tuesday's tough and taxing win.

"On Tuesday night we hit the floor with a great attitude, but I'm not so sure we showed that same attitude when we hit the floor against Heights," he said. "I'm not taking anything away from Heights because they just forced us to play really, really bad. But with eight minutes left in the game, we're down only nine points with the ball."

But Sublette only got off four shots in that final period, converting just one. That was just too much to overcome.

Marlin admitted he might have worked his Larks too hard in practice the night before to prepare for this semifinal game, especially with guard Riley Matteson out with a knee injury.

The win puts the Mustangs (11-0) into the championship game against top-seeded and undefeated Cimarron.

Coach Barry Mellon saw mostly good things from his girls in the win, but he was concerned with moments of complacency.

"But our defense was in good shape tonight. They hustled well," he said. "We just don't make every possession count. We need to take care of the ball."

Both teams put their perfect records on the line Saturday at 6 p.m.

Sublette (6-4) will play in the third-place game against Meade.

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SWH 12 13 5 14 -- 44

Sublette 5 7 7 3 -- 22

SWH (44) - Acuna 0 0-2 0, Longoria 1 0-0 2, Jacobs 3 3-4 10, Garringer 3 0-1 6, Couch 1 0-0 3, Coats 0 2-2 2, Loza 2 0-0 4, Olvera 0 0-1 0, Ryan 4 3-3 11, Stout 2 2-2 6. Totals 17 8-13 44.

Sublette (22) - An. Gonzalez 0 0-1 0, Marlin 2 1-3 5, Aragon 1 0-1 2, Ornelas 1 1-3 3, Cooley 0 1-2 1, E. Whaler 1 0-0 2, Meyer 1 0-0 2, D. Whaler 3 1-5 7. Totals 9 4-15 22.

3-point goals - SWH 2 (Jacobs 1, Couch 1), Sublette 0. Fouls - SWH 15, Sublette 11. Fouled out - none.

Lakin 53,

Elkhart 51

In the first consolation game, Lakin overcame a five-point deficit at the end of the third quarter to pull out a 53-51 win.

Down by nine with three minutes to play, Lakin scored the game's final 11 points to steal the victory.

Senior guard Mariah Hill scored seven of her game-high 17 points (including a three) to lead the Lady Broncs.

Amanda Richter hit two key baskets for the Broncs in that run.

It was the second comeback for Lakin. Elkhart had taken a 15-6 first-quarter lead, but Hill and freshman Mariah Watkins combined for 14 points to tie the score at halftime.

Hill's 17 points, Watkins' 12 and Karlee Davidson's 11 led the Broncs (4-8)..

Araceli Gonzalez led the Lady Wildcats (3-7) with 14 points, followed by Miranda Brewer with 11.

Lakin will play Stanton County for the consolation title on Saturday, while Elkhart will face Syracuse in the consolation round robin.

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Lakin 6 17 13 17 -- 53

Elkhart 15 8 18 10 -- 51

Lakin (53) — Hill 6 4-5 17, Davidson 4 0-2 11, Haney 0 1-2 1, Simmons 2 0-0 4, Watkins 5 1-1 12, Armstrong 1 0-0 2, Richter 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 6-10 53.

Elkhart (51) — Kali Hoskinson 3 0-0 6, Kacee Hoskinson 1 0-0 2, Fullerton 3 0-0 7, Bookstore 1 1-2 3, Gonzalez 7 0-0 14, Brewer 4 3-6 11, White 2 0-0 4, Thomason 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 4-8 51.

3-point goals — Lakin 3 (Hill 1, Davidson 1, Watkins 1), Elkhart 1 (Fullerton). Team Fouls — Lakin 9, Elkhart 11. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — none.

Stanton Co. 51,

Wichita Co. 38

In the second consolation game, Stanton County defeated Wichita County 51-38.

The Lady Trojans cruised to a 25-11 halftime lead, but Wichita County drew to within 11 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Stanton County advanced to the consolation finals.

Jenna Black scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter. Leandra Daniels added 15.

The Lady Indians, who managed just two field goals in the second half against Cimarron on Tuesday, scored only twice in the opening quarter before getting back on track.

Lindsay Schumacher led the Indians with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Paige Wells added eight.

Stanton County (6-4) will face Lakin on Saturday. Wichita County (3-5) will face Satanta in the consolation round robin.

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Stanton County 15 10 14 12 -- 51

Wichita County 4 7 11 16 -- 38

Stanton County (51) — Summers 2 0-0 5, Erskin 3 2-2 8, Daniels 5 4-4 15, Black 6 4-4 17, Gerard 0 0-2 0, McKinney 0 4-4 4, Steimel 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 14-16 51.

Wichita County (38) — Bailey 1 0-0 2, Garza 1 0-0 2, Schumacher 4 0-0 11, Hubers 2 1-2 5, Wells 2 4-4 8, Zellner 2 1-2 5, Bremer 2 1-5 5. Totals 14 7-13 38.

3-point goals — Stanton County 3 (Summers 1, Daniels 1, Black 1), Wichita County 3 (Schumacher 3). Team Fouls — Stanton County 11, Wichita County 11. Technical Fouls ¬­-- none. Fouled Out — none.

Satanta 35,

Syracuse 20

In the consolation round robin bracket, Satanta came away with a 35-20 win over Syracuse.

The Lady Indians jumped out to an 18-8 lead at halftime to cruise to the win.

Seven Lady Indians scored, led by Kristy Blair's 10.

Syracuse was led by Luz Martinez with six.

Satanta (4-7) will face Wichita County on Friday, while Syracuse (1-8) will face Syracuse.

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Satanta 8 10 6 11 -- 35

Syracuse 4 4 2 10 -- 20

Satanta (35) — Stalker 2 0-0 4, Long 2 0-0 4, Smith 2 1-2 5, Boyett 0 0-2 0, Longoria 1 0-1 2, Rehmke 2 2-2 6, Young 1 2-2 4, Blair 2 5-6 10, Chavez 0 0-2 0. Totals 12 10-17 35.

Syracuse (20) — K. Perez 2 1-2 5, Rash 0 2-6 2, Martinez 1 3-4 6, Horton 1 1-2 3, Pollart 1 0-2 2, Platt 0 2-4 2. Totals 5 9-20 20.

3-point goals — Satanta 1 (Blair), Syracuse 1 (Martinez). Team Fouls — Satanta 19, Syracuse 17. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Satanta (Rehmke).

Boys

Syracuse 49,

Satanta 25

In the consolation round robin, Syracuse took care of Satanta 49-25.

The Bulldogs led 15-4 after one quarter, and shut out the Indians in the third period for the easy win.

JD Howell led Syracuse with 15 points, while Erik York added 11.

Satanta's Garrett Miller had 13 points, while Eli Stalker added eight.

The Bulldogs are now 4-6 on the season, while Satanta falls to 1-10.

Both teams will play again Saturday.

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Satanta 4 8 0 13 -- 25

Syracuse 15 12 11 11 -- 49

Satanta (25) — Mason 2 0-0 4, Miller 5 3-3 13, Stalker 4 0-2 8. Totals 11 3-5 25.

Syracuse (49) — Howell 7 1-2 15, Ramos 0 1-2 1, Barnes 2 1-3 5, English 1 3-8 5, York 5 0-0 11, Coleman 4 0-0 8, Schwieterman 1 0-2 2, Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 6-17 49.

3-point goals — Satanta 0, Syracuse 1 (York). Team Fouls — Satanta 14, Syracuse 13. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Satanta (Miramontes).

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