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Longhorns dominate Dumas in sweep at SW Classic

Published 12/7/2012

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

The Holcomb Longhorns boys and girls basketball teams got just what any coach enjoys — dominating victories with balanced scoring and effective, pressure defense.

That's what occurred on Thursday night at Holcomb when the boys throttled Dumas, Texas, 78-38, and the Lady Longhorns rolled past the Lady Demons, 74-45, on the opening night of the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic.

With the victories, both Chad Novack's boys and Kenton Tennel's girls are 2-0 in the early going and will now take on the Wichita Trinity Knights today with the girls game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow at approximately 8 o'clock.

Holcomb boys 78, Dumas, Texas 38

Novack was especially happy with the way his team started, jumping out to a 19-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and then extending it to 42-15 at halftime.

The big key in the victory was the balanced attack as four Longhorns reached double figures, none of them named Tyler LaSalle, who had led the team a week ago in its season-opening win at Liberal.

"Not many people would guess we'd score 78 and Tyler only get 2 points," Novack said. "The boys did a great job early on. They worked the ball and shared the ball well. We got good looks and everything looks good when the shots are going down."

As much as he was happy with the offensive effort, he was equally happy with the progress of his team's defense.

"We stopped their penetration and that's something we've worked on since Friday," Novack said. "The boys have bought into it and this way they can't key on any one or two players."

Shane Bennett had a game-high 19 points, while Aaron Hernandez, Jeremy Cox and Max Ramsey contributed 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"Last year, we started 0-2 and now we're 2-0," a happy Novack said. "This gives the boys some confidence and it feels good to get off to a great start."

Holcomb continued its strong effort throughout the second half, scoring 20 and 16 points in the final two periods while holding the Demons to 16 and 7.

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Dumas, Texas 3 12 16 7 -- 38

Holcomb 19 23 20 16 -- 78

Dumas, Texas (38) -- Gillespie 4 1-1 9, Gerber 3 3-4 9, Thomas 1 0-0 3, Klingsick 1 0-0 2, Bilbrey 0 2-2 2, Jones 1 0-0 2, Diaz 1 1-2 3, Hutcherson 1 2-2 4, Vasquez 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 9-11 38.

Holcomb (78) -- LaSalle 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 4 4-4 12, Cox 2 6-7 11, Gottschalk 1 0-0 2, Rupp 1 2-2 5, Richmeier 3 0-0 9, Komlofske 1 0-0 3, Bennett 8 3-4 19, Ramsey 4 2-4 10, Sleep 2 1-4 5. Totals 26 18-25 78.

3-point goals — Dumas, Texas 1 (Thomas), Holcomb 6 (Richmeier 3, Cox 1, Rupp 1, Komlofske 1). Team Fouls — Dumas, Texas 20, Holcomb 15. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled out — none.

Holcomb girls 74, Dumas, Texas 45

After a sluggish first quarter Thursday night, the Lady Longhorns unleashed their fastbreak offense to run past the Lady Demons.

It was just an 11-8 Holcomb lead that Tennel saw from his Lady Longhorns.

"We didn't really do too much in the first quarter," he said.

But the second quarter saw the Lady Longhorns explode for 31 points while holding the Lady Demons to 6, going into halftime up 42-14.

"We got our press working for the first time in our two games," said Tennel, whose team scored 24 unanswered points in the period. "We hit a couple of 3s, got some steals and we were kind of off to the races then. We had a pretty good third quarter, too, as we had a chance to get some of the kids in off the bench and get them some playing time."

Nine different players scored with Taylor Deniston lead the way with 15, including three 3-pointers. Haley Heydman was next with 14 and Kylee Amos added 12, with all four of her field goals coming from behind the arc. Katie Pfeifer and Kyshia Prieto each scored nine.

"I liked the balance that we got with both the inside and outside part of the offense," Tennel said. "We looked good offensively, but we still need to clean some things up on the defensive end."

Dumas was led by Ryanne Henderson's 13 points.

Dumas heads to Scott City for today's games, with the girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.

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Dumas, Texas 8 6 16 15 -- 45

Holcomb 11 31 19 13 -- 74

Dumas (45) — Gerber 2 1-2 7, Venezuela 1 0-2 3, Swaim 1 0-0 2, Henderson 6 0-2 13, Campbell 3 0-0 6, Endey 2 0-1 4, Ward 3 0-2 6, Penland 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 3-11 45.

Holcomb (74) — Pfeifer 3 2-2 9, Fairbank 0 1-2 1, Jarnigan 1 1-4 3, Prieto 4 0-0 9, Heydman 7 0-0 14, Deniston 6 0-1 15, Miller 1 0-3 2, Amos 4 0-0 12, Pena 3 3-4 9.

3-point goals--Dumas 3 (Gerber 2, Henderson 1), Holcomb 9 (Pfeifer 1, Prieto 1, Deniston 3, Amos 4).

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