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Lakin boys, girls sweep Syracuse in HPL openers

Published 1/17/2012

By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

LAKIN — The Lakin Broncs were a much better team than their 1-8 record indicated.

Coach Steve Davidson, like the rest of the team, was just waiting for his real team to show up.

That they did in a play-in game Monday, defeating Syracuse 60-47 to advance to the big dance of the Hi-Plains League Tournament.

Lakin used a huge 36-19 second-half performance to dismantle the Bulldogs and finally show a spark of the talent Davidson has been seeking all season.

"We finally finished a game the way we want to," he said.

Down by two at halftime and then six early into the third quarter, Lakin's tenacity on defense finally paid off.

At 5:04 left in the quarter, Syracuse went on a 10-possession scoring drought. The Broncs' Bryant Miller hit a three to tie it up at 1:40 and Blake Geubelle's offensive rebound put them up 39-36 at the end of the period.

The Bulldogs recaptured the lead when JD Howell and Gary Parks started the fourth period with back-to-back buckets, then Lakin took charge once again.

The Broncs scored on 10 of their next 11 possessions while Syracuse scored only four more times the rest of the game.

Miller scored seven points, Geubelle six and Cody Kinnier four to pace the Broncs in that final period.

It was a tale of two halves for the Broncs.

"In the first half we did a lot of good things," Davidson said. "We just did too many bad things. We executed well and got some easy shots, but then we had too many turnovers. But in that fourth quarter, we executed well."

The Broncs were helped by 15-of-19 shooting from the line in the second half.

Neutralizing Howell and Parks in the second half was one crucial component for the Broncs' turnaround. Howell scored the first nine points of the game for Syracuse and the duo had 17 points in the first half but only 13 in the second half as the Bulldogs could only muster 21 total.

Geubelle had a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards, plus five assists.

"We gave him a hand in the locker room," Davidson praised. "That's what we need out of anybody. He came off the bench and played a heck of a game. He played tough defense on Parks. He's not afraid to get after it."

Miller led the Broncs with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

Howell led Syracuse with 17 points, and Parks added 13.

Syracuse coach Jeff Mathias was left wondering what happened to the offensive unit that played so well in the first half.

"It's like we fell asleep that second half and never seemed to regain it," he said. "We've got to find some consistency somewhere."

Lakin executed well down the stretch, he admitted, and his team got loose on offense, which caused the Bulldogs to get loose on defense. Lakin took advantage of its chances, Mathias said.

"There's a lot of talent on this team," he said of his Bulldogs. "It's just a matter of trying to corral it in the right direction."

Next up for the Broncs is the 8-0 and top-seeded Meade Buffaloes at 6:30 p.m. today. It will be Lakin's fourth game in five nights, but Davidson said if his team shows the patience it did against Syracuse and uses its athleticism, they should give Meade a tough game.

Syracuse, which lost in the finals of this tournament last year, will play Thursday and Friday in the losers' round robin.

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Syracuse (3-6) 11 15 10 11 -- 47

Lakin (2-8) 13 11 15 21 -- 60

Syracuse (47) - Howell 7 3-4 17, Parks 5 3-6 13, Dupree 2 1-2 5, York 1 0-0 2, Coleman 3 0-0 6, Schweiterman 1 1-2 4. Totals 19 8-14 47.

Lakin (60) - Shalberg 1 2-4 4, Miller 7 2-2 20, Davidson 0 3-4 3, Sauer 1 0-0 2, Kinnier 4 1-4 9, Armstrong 4 0-0 8, Geubelle 3 8-8 14. Totals 20 16-22 60.

3-point goals - Syracuse 1-10 (Schweiterman 1), Lakin 4-8 (Miller 4). Fouls - Syracuse 15, Lakin 12. Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Syracuse 21 (Howell 9), Lakin 34 (Geubelle 10, Kinnier 7, Armstrong 6). Turnovers - Syracuse 12, Lakin 12.

Cimarron 68, Satanta 44

In the other play-in game Monday, Cimarron used a strong second half to put away Satanta 68-44.

Down 17-6 after the first quarter, the Bluejays outscored Satanta 28-10 in the second to take a 7-point halftime lead, then outscored the Indians 34-17 in the second half to put it away.

Cimarron was led in scoring by Ted Boersma's 19 points, followed by Stewart Fairbank's 14.

Joey Franzitta added 12 points and Caleb Fischer 11 for the Bluejays.

Garrett Miller and Zach Freeman both had 14 points to lead Satanta.

Cimarron advances to face second-seeded Southwestern Heights.

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Cimarron (4-6) 6 28 16 18 -- 68

Satanta (1-8) 17 10 11 6 -- 44

Cimarron (68) - Franzitta 6 0-0 12, Fischer 4 3-4 11, Toothaker 0 0-2 0, Clark 2 0-0 4, Boersma 6 7-11 19, Meis 0 0-2 0, Allen 3 0-3 6, Fairbank 6 2-2 14, Neuschafer 1 0-2 2. Totals 28 12-24 68.

Satanta (44) - Mason 1 0-0 2, Miramontes 2 0-0 4, Ru.Pando 0 1-2 1, Miller 6 2-5 14, Freeman 5 1-4 14, Leggett 0 3-6 3, Stalker 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 7-17 44.

3-point goals - Cimarron 0, Satanta 3 (Freeman 3). Fouls - Cimarron 17, Satanta 20. Fouled out - Satanta 2 (Mason, Miramontes).

Girls

Lakin used a 19-5 first quarter blitz to create some early breathing room and cruised to a 63-41 win in the play-in round of the Hi-Plains League tournament.

Mariah Hill, who scored 27 points for Lakin on Saturday night, got the Lady Broncs on track quickly, hitting 10 of her 16 points in the opening quarter, including a pair of 3's.

Darrie Rogers added six points to pace the early Lakin attack.

Satanta made a run in the third period when Lakin converted only 3-of-19 shot attempts, cutting the lead to nine in the final minute of play. The Lady Indians converted all four of their shots, including a pair of 3's, but 11 turnovers and eight fouls limited the potential damage they might have caused.

But the Broncs got it under control (19-8 in the final quarter) to get to the main round of the tournament for the first time in many years.

It was almost an easy run for Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis' squad, but some miscues got in the way.

"It was a very good start of the game, then we went into coast mode. We have to keep in mind what happened Friday night (giving up a lead and losing in overtime)," he said. "So it didn't take much for them to get motivated to keep that lead around 10."

Satanta, playing without one regular starter, had to adjust to different girls playing different roles, Indians coach Mike Heater said. That, combined with 31 turnovers, made this his team's least spectacular game of the season.

"That was the worst effort we've had all year as far as intensity and everyone being on the same page," he said. "We usually try a heck of a lot a harder."

Not all five girls at one time gave the effort, Heater added, and the imbalance showed.

After the overtime loss then a win on Saturday night, Michaelis said the Broncs are finally hitting a good stride after a rough start to the season.

They'll need to be as they face second-seeded and undefeated Southwestern Heights next.

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SATANTA (3-6) 5 15 14 8 -- 41

Lakin (3-6) 19 15 10 19 -- 63

Satanta (41) - Stalker 1 0-0 2, Long 1 0-0 3, Smith 5 2-4 17, Boyett 1 0-3 2, Longoria 1 4-4 6, Rehmke 1 0-0 2, Blair 3 2-3 9. Totals 13 8-14 41.

Lakin (63) - Williams 0 1-6 1, Hill 7 0-2 16, Davidson 1 2-4 4, Haney 1 5-6 8, Simmons 3 0-2 7, Rogers 6 3-4 15, Olson 1 1-4 3, Watkins 2 2-2 6, Armstrong 1 0-0 2, Richter 0 1-2. Totals 22 13-30 63.

3-point goals Satanta 7-14 (Long 1, Smith 5, Blair 1), Lakin 4-6 (Hill 2, Haney 1, Simmons 1). Fouls Satanta 20, Lakin 9. Fouled out - Satanta (Boyett). Rebounds - Satanta 25 (Blair 8), Lakin 32 (Armstrong 5, Rogers 5, Hill 5) . Turnovers - Satanta 31, Lakin 15.

Wichita Co. 37, Syracuse 23

In the other play-in game, Wichita County overcame a slow first half to put away Syracuse 37-23.

The Lady Indians were down 14-11 at halftime, then outscored Syracuse 26-9 in the second.

Paige Wells led the Indians with 11 points, the only girl in double figures. Syracuse was led by Caitlyn Horton with nine points and Dalaney Pollart with seven.

Wichita County will face top-seeded and undefeated Cimarron.

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Wichita Co. (3-3) 6 5 15 11 -- 37

Syracuse (1-7) 7 7 4 5 -- 23

Wichita Co. (37) - Bailey 3 0-2 6, Garza 1 1-2 3, Schumacher 2 0-0 6, Hueber 1 1-7 3, Wells 4 3-3 11, Zellner 1 3-6 6, Bremer 1 0-2 2. Totals 13 8-22 37.

Syracuse (23) - Norton 1 0-1 2, Martinez 1 1-2 3, Horton 4 1-2 9, Pollart 3 1-7 7, Baeza 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 3-12 23.

3-point goals - Wichita Co. 3 (Schumacher 2, Zellner 1), Syracuse 0. Totals fouls - Wichita Co. 16, Syracuse 18. Fouled out - none.

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