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HPL semi turns into 3-point shootout, but Sublette wins it at the line

Published 1/19/2013

By KEVIN THOMPSON
sports@gctelegram.com

The last time Sublette reached the finals of the Hi-Plains League tournament was in 2006, placing second, after winning the two previous years.

They return to that stage tonight after dismissing Stanton County 64-52 in a tightly contested semifinal game Friday.

The teams combined for 53 3-point attempts, but each side made just seven each.

Both teams hit 14 2-point field goals.

The difference was at the free throw line, where the Larks converted 15-of-28, while the Trojans were 3-of-6.

Sublette made five threes on its way to an 18-10 first-quarter lead, and took what looked like a commanding 40-28 halftime advantage.

But Stanton County (10-2), held the Larks to just six third-quarter points and closed to within seven.

They cut that lead down to 47-44 early in the fourth quarter on a Colby Overturf three and Marques Logan two before Sublette got its offense flowing again.

The Larks went on an 11-3 run over four minutes, held the Trojans to just two more field goals the rest of the way, and put the game away with free throws in the final minute.

Eight Larks got in the scoring, led by Taylor Williamson’s 15, Trevor Leverett’s 11 and Nathan Cearly’s 11.

Though outrebounded 39-37, Sublette had just eight turnovers to the Trojans’ 15.

It was the numbers that reflected the effort of his team, Sublette’s second-year coach Justin Moore said.

“Our kids played extremely well,” Moore said. “They deserve all the credit in the world. I told them (after the game) they deserved this win. We’ve been working so hard for not just this year, but last year where we can get to this point where we can compete in championship games and championship level.”

He acknowledged his team didn’t play its best, but stepped up on the defensive end and other areas when necessary.

The high number of rebounds was a response to his challenge to dominate the glass, he added.

One turnover in the second half was more than he could imagine, as well, especially coming from a team Moore jokingly says competes with the local bakery for making the most turnovers.

“We protected the ball. It’s been a growing process. From the beginning of the year till now, you talk about improving every day — these kids do that every day. We’re starting to see the fruits of our labors,” he said.

Sublette was 5-for-10 from three-point range in the first period alone, and 7-for-21 for the game. Maybe a bit uncharacteristic, Moore said, but effective.

“I’ll be honest — it’s not what I like. But when we hit them, we hit them,” he joked.

But he called timeout when they went cold for a stretch to remind his team to pound the ball back inside, which is more their style, and they responded.

Moore was most impressed with how his Larks responded to Stanton County cutting the lead to three by going on its coffin-nailing run.

“That’s what great teams do. The lead’s close, they put it away. That shows a ton of character on our kids,” he said.

Stanton County, playing without three players, including two starters, got six players involved in the scoring, led by Logan’s 17 points and Overturf’s 11.

The Trojans were just 21-of-58 from the floor (36 percent), including just 7-of-32 from beyond the arc (22 percent).

But it was his team’s effort throughout the game, the same effort that got to within three, that coach Marty Garrison was proud of.

“That’s what these Trojan boys have done to me all year,” he said wryly. “It seems like we like to let teams get up on us early and then we like to come back in the second half and get after it.”

Without floor general Quinn Kendrick and others, as well as playing guys who have recently fought the flu bug, Garrison said his team fought as long as they could with what they had, and what they gave was pretty impressive.

His team put up more threes than usual, but size-wise didn’t match up well with Sublette, and looked to make up points from the outside.

Logan picked up three fouls in the second quarter but played the rest of the game foul-less in leading the Trojan comeback.

“That hurt his defense, but he’s smart and knows we need him on the court,” Garrison said.

Stanton County will face Cimarron today at 4:30 p.m. for third place.

Sublette (8-3) will face undefeated Meade, the top team in 2A, in the finals tonight around 7:30 p.m.

Moore is looking for his team to step up one more time this weekend.

“We’ve got a tough test,” he said. “We’ve got to come out and play ball. We’re not done yet.”
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Stanton County   10   11   11   13   —   52
Sublette   18   22   6   18   —   64
Stanton Co. (52) — Pantoja 3 0-1 7, Logan 7 3-5 17, Molina 2 0-0 5, Cron 3 0-0 8, Smith 2 0-0 4, Overturf 4 0-0 11. Totals 21 3-6 52.
Sublette (64) — Leverett 3 3-5 12, Lower 1 1-2 4, Gesling 4 1-4 9, Williamson 5 5-7 15, Martens 1 1-2 3, Cearly 4 0-0 11, Line 1 2-4 4, Gonzalez 2 2-4 6. Totals 21 15-28 62.
3-pt. goals — Stanton Co. 7-32 (Pantoja 1, Molina 1, Cron 2, Overturf 3), Sublette 7-21 (Leverett 3, Lower 1, Cearly 3). Rebounds — Stanton Co. 39 (Logan 7, Molina 6), Sublette 37 (Williamson 10, Line 6, Leverett 5). Turnovers — Stanton Co. 15, Sublette 8. Fouled out — Stanton Co. (Pantoja). Total fouls — Stanton Co. 21, Sublette 14.

Meade 49, Cimarron 41

The second semifinal game of the night featured the two teams in last year’s final. Meade won that game by nine points. This year, the Buffaloes beat Cimarron by eight, 49-41, to advance to the finals again, and their third straight appearance since joining the league.

The Buffaloes, the top-ranked team in 2A at 10-0, had their hands full with the Bluejays, who pulled to within 39-37 with 2:54 left in the game. But a series of free throws for Meade and desperation shooting by Cimarron sealed the win.

Ahead 9-7 after the first period, Meade pulled out to 13-9 before going cold on its next nine possessions. Fortunately for the Buffs, Cimarron picked a stretch from midway in the first to 5:56 in the second to go scoreless.

After the ’Jays cut the lead to three late in the half, Meade stole the ball twice and scored each time to end the quarter and go up by seven.

Morgan Davis led the Buffaloes (10-0) with 16 points, and Jett Little added 15.

Caleb Fischer led the Jays with 17 points, and Teddy Boersma added 11.

Cimarron will face Stanton County for third place at 4:30.
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Cimarron   7   8   12   14   —   41
Meade   9   13    8   19   —   49
Cimarron (41) — Ca. Fischer 7 0-0 17, Clark 0 1-2 1, Ch. Fischer 1 0-0 2, Boersma 4 2-2 11, Fairbank 2 2-4 7, Neuschafer 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 6-10 41.
Meade (49) — Little 4 5-7 15, Hardaway 3 2-5 8, T. Wiens 2 2-2 6, Finster 0 2-2 2, Davis 7 2-2 16, Reichmann 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 13-18 49.
3-pt. goals — Cimarron 5-16 (Ca. Fischer 3, Boersma 1, Fairbank 1), Meade 2-9 (Little 2). Rebounds — Cimarron 32 (Fairbank 6, Boersma 5, Neuschafer 5), Meade 31 (Hardaway 6, Little 5, Davis 5. Turnovers — Cimarron 11, Meade 13. Fouled out — Cimarron (Neuschafer). Total fouls — Cimarron 19, Meade 11.

Consolation
Boys
Syracuse 65, Satanta 44

The Syracuse Bulldogs scored doubles figures in each quarter to hold off Satanta late 65-44 Friday in a lower consolation game.

Tierney Cashler led Syracuse with 15 points followed by Kyle Dupree with 13 and Dexter English with 10.

Zach Freeman led Satanta with 18 points.
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Syracuse   18   17   16   14   —   65
Satanta   5   9   15   15   —   44
Syracuse (65) — J. Barnes 1 4-6 7, Newton 2 3-7 7, Dupree 5 2-3 13, English 5 0-3 10, Romero 2 2-2 6, Cashler 5 5-5 15, Simon 1 1-1 3, Wilson 1 2-2 4. Totals 22 19-28 65.
Satanta (44) — Stanfill 1 0-0 2, B. Miller 1 0-0 2, Miramontes 1 0-1 2, Turpin 1 4-5 6, G. Miller 3 3-3 9, Colantonio 1 1-3 3, Freeman 6 6-10 18, Garcia 0 2-2 2. Totals 14 16-24 44.
3-point goals — Syracuse 2 (J. Barnes 1, Dupree 1), Satanta 0. Team fouls — Syracuse 20, Satanta 22. Technical fouls — Satanta (coach). Fouled out — Satanta (B. Miller).

Girls

Stanton County 38, Syracuse 34

The Stanton County Lady Trojans used big second and fourth quarters to hold off Syracuse 38-34 on Friday in a lower consolation game.

The Lady Trojans trailed 14-6 after one quarter before a 16-7 second quarter run put them up by one at halftime.

An 11-8 fourth quarter helped to give the Lady Trojans the four-win.

Jenna Black led Stanton County with 10 points.

Delaney Pollart led Syracuse with 18 points to lead all scorers.
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Syracuse   14   7   5   8   ­—   34
Stanton County   6   16   5   11        —   38
Syracuse (34) — 3 1-5 7, Pollart 8 1-2 18, Brown 3 0-0 7, Baeza 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 2-7 34.
Stanton County (38) — Lawrence 3 1-2 9, Erskin 1 2-4 4, Black 4 0-0 10, Moore 4 1-1 9, Gerard 2 0-1 4, Overturf 1 0-3 2. Totals 15 4-11 38.
3-point goals — Syracuse 2 (Pollart 1, Brown 1), Stanton County 4 (Black 2, Lawrence 2). Team fouls — Syracuse 15, Stanton County 12. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Syracuse (Pollart). 
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