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Meade survives upset bid, will face Cimarron in final

Published 1/21/2012

By KEVIN THOMPSON
sports@gctelegram.com

It was almost David in the finals.
The fourth-seeded Stanton County Trojans almost knocked top-seeded and undefeated Meade, falling 56-53 in a game they almost stole from the top-ranked team in 2A.
Almost.
The Trojans found themselves foul-prone and turnover-riddled most of the first half, yet they were only down 33-28 at the break.
Center Randy Friesen led a balanced attack for the Buffaloes that half with 11 points as the Trojans had trouble stopping Meade’s potent offense.
Meade also committed eight turnovers that gave Stanton County some halftime hope.
Jacob Cron hit a deep three and another goal to start the half for the Trojans and Tarquin Trujillo’s three pulled them within a point.
After a late Meade run, Marques Logan hit a shot at the buzzer and the Trojans were just down by four at the quarter break.
After Friesen’s basket to open the quarter, Meade went on a scoring holiday its next seven possessions.
Meanwhile, the Trojans mounted a comeback. When Seth Holliday hit Logan for a layup at 3:37, Stanton County had its first lead since the start of the game.
Trujillo hit another three to put his team up by four before Adrian Pfanenstiel got Meade’s first score in nearly six minutes.
Up 53-52 with 32 seconds remaining, Stanton County turned the ball over on an inbounds pass. Jett Little fed Friesen with 18 seconds left and the Buffaloes regained the lead.
Another turnover led to a Chris Hardaway breakaway layup, his only score all night, and the Buffaloes had the win.
Stanton County coach Mark Stephenson, disappointed in the loss, was still happy with his team.
“I’m really proud of my kids,” he said. “I can’t be any prouder. I have some kids in the locker room that are really upset that they lost the game. We didn’t execute down the stretch, but that’s a learning experience.”
The team’s early foul trouble caused the Trojans to back off a bit on defense, Stephenson said, and he was playing two freshmen and a sophomore at times, and still the Trojans fought back.
Missed free throws were an issue (they missed 10), and that’s been an issue all season, he added.
Regardless, he said, his team learned from its mistakes, changed its focus, and got to it in the second half.
“It’s our kids wanting it, wanting to get after it. It’s nothing I say,” Stephenson said.
Stanton County (6-4) will face Elkhart for third place. Coming back from such a tough loss will be difficult, he said, but his team is resilient.
“We’ll be demoralized and we’ll be tired, but I bet we’ll play,” he said.
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Stanton County       10   18   14   11   —   53
Meade           12   21   13   10   —   56
Stanton County (53) — Logan 7 1-3 15, Holliday 4 1-2 9, Ellis 0 0-2 0, Cron 4 1-4 11, Trujillo 2 1-2 7, Sierra 2 1-1 5, Overturf 2 0-1 6. Totals 21 5-15 53.
Meade (56) — Little 0 2-4 2, Hardaway 1 0-0 2, Cordes 4 1-2 10, Wiens 1 0-0 2, Davis 5 2-2 12, Friesen 9 1-1 19, Pfanenstiel 4 0-0 9. Totals 24 6-9 56.
3-point goals — Stanton County 6 (Cron 2, Trujillo 2, Overturf 2), Meade 2 (Cordes 1, Pfanenstiel 1). Team Fouls — Stanton County 16, Meade 15. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Meade (Cordes).

Cimarron 50,
Elkhart 47
The rims got a workout in the first semifinal game with Cimarron facing Elkhart.
The nets, however, survived.
But in the end, it’s the final score that counts, and it was Cimarron holding on for a 50-47 in a game that sent the unseeded Bluejays into the Hi-Plains League tournament finals.
 “Wildcats” is usually spelled as one word, but Elkhart plays like it’s two. Their aggressive style of play dictated the tone of the game, forcing a young Bluejay squad into numerous turnovers to allow the Wildcats to stay in it for most of the game.
With both teams combining for 66 first-half shots (and 111 overall), it was just a strange night that turned out all right for Cimarron in the end.
Cimarron worked in spurts, building a lead, then watching it fade as Elkhart would hit a field goal.
The Jays held a six-point lead late in the second quarter, but a series of fouls, including a technical, allowed the Wildcats to regain the lead after Jr. Moreno canned 3-of-6 free throws and nailed a basket.
The Bluejays still held a halftime lead, though, but mainly because Elkhart had trouble hitting shots (8-of-37 in the first half).
The Wildcats clawed their way back in the fourth quarter, getting within 48-47 with just 1:10 left to play.
The Jays hit just enough free throws to get the win down the stretch.
For Cimarron coach Dave Losey, it was a relief to get the win, especially after the wildness of it all.
This was the second win over Elkhart for Cimarron this month, but that didn’t make preparing for the game any easier.
Losey said he was up at 3:15 Friday watching film from their last matchup, thinking the strategy would be to run Elkhart.
“I thought we were going to earlier, but we’re inexperienced enough that we don’t always know where we’re at in the game,” Losey said. “When you’re up six, you don’t need to make the plays; you need to take care of the ball.”
To counter some of Elkhart’s aggressiveness, the Jays played some zone late to keep the Wildcats from driving. It worked well enough.
The numbers weren’t pretty (19-of-47 shooting, 11-of-22 free throws, 20 turnovers), but Losey will take a trip to the finals any day.
The Bluejays had to win a play in game on Monday, then defeated Southwestern Heights by two on Tuesday on their road to the championship.
for most of the game.
With both teams combining for 66 first-half shots (and 111 overall), it was just a strange night that turned out all right for Cimarron in the end.
Cimarron worked in spurts, building a lead, then watching it fade as Elkhart would hit a field goal.
The Jays held a six-point lead late in the second quarter, but a series of fouls, including a technical, allowed the Wildcats to regain the lead after Jr. Moreno canned 3-of-6 free throws and nailed a basket.
The Bluejays still held a halftime lead, though, but mainly because Elkhart had trouble hitting shots (8-of-37 in the first half).
The Wildcats clawed their way back in the fourth quarter, getting within 48-47 with just 1:10 left to play.
The Jays hit just enough free throws to get the win down the stretch.
For Cimarron coach Dave Losey, it was a relief to get the win, especially after the wildness of it all.
This was the second win over Elkhart for Cimarron this month, but that didn’t make preparing for the game any easier.
Losey said he was up at 3:15 Friday watching film from their last matchup, thinking the strategy would be to run Elkhart.
“I thought we were going to earlier, but we’re inexperienced enough that we don’t always know where we’re at in the game,” Losey said. “When you’re up six, you don’t need to make the plays; you need to take care of the ball.”
To counter some of Elkhart’s aggressiveness, the Jays played some zone late to keep the Wildcats from driving. It worked well enough.
The numbers weren’t pretty (19-of-47 shooting, 11-of-22 free throws, 20 turnovers), but Losey will take a trip to the finals any day.
The Bluejays had to win a play in game on Monday, then defeated Southwestern Heights by two on Tuesday on their road to the championship. “We got in,” a relieved Losey said. “It feels good. In our league, we feel that if you show up, you’ve got a chance. We showed up.”
Cimarron (6-6) will face Meade (10-0) in the title game.
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Cimarron   16   10   11   13   —   50
Elkhart    13   10    9   15   —   47
Cimarron (50) — Franzitta 2 2-3 6, Caleb Fischer 2 1-2 7, Clark 2 2-2 6, Boersma 6 1-1 13, Allen 3 3-5 9, Fairbank 2 2-5 7, Neuschafer 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 11-18 50.
Elkhart (47) — Gomez 3 1-2 7, Coen 0 2-2 2, Parks 5 2-2 13, Harbour 3 0-0 7, Moreno 7 3-6 18. Totals 18 8-12 47.
3-point goals — Cimarron 3 (Caleb Fischer 2, Fairbank 1), Elkhart 3 (Parks 1, Harbour 1, Moreno 1). Team Fouls — Cimarron 11, Elkhart 19. Technical Fouls — Cimarron (Allen). Fouled Out — none.

Consolation
SW Heights 44, Wichita Co. 38 (OT)
The first consolation game went a bit long, as Southwestern Heights defeated Wichita County in overtime 44-38.
The Indians had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation on a late foul call after Heights seemingly won the game by one point in regulation. But Wichita County converted only one of two free throws to send the game into an extra period, where Heights threw a shutout.
In a low-scoring game, Heights trailed 22-15 at the end of three periods, but the Mustangs scored 23 points in the fourth period then the six in overtime to get the win.
Rogelio Martinez led the Mustangs with 13 points and Clayton Chase added 12.
Wichita County had only one player in double figures, Johny Martinez with 11.
Heights will face Lakin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the consolation title.
Wichita County will take on Syracuse in a consolation bracket game.
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SW Heights          7    5    3   23    6   —   44
Wichita County 9    3   10   16    0   —   38
SW Heights (44) — Herrera 0 1-6 1, B. Johnsrud 3 1-2 7, Chavez 0 2-2 2, Warsham 2 2-2 7, Lee 0 0-2 0, Martinez 4 7-15 15, Chase 5 2-2 12. Totals 14 15-31 44.
Wichita County (38) — J. Martinez 4 0-0 11, Budde 2 3-5 7, Fletcher 3 1-2 7, Nickelson 0 0-2 0, G. Martinez 2 4-7 8, Kreutzer 1 3-4 5. Totals 12 11-20 38.
3-point goals — SW Heights 1 (Warsham), Wichita County 3 (J. Martinez 3). Team Fouls — SW Heights 21, Wichita County 21. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — SW Heights (Herrera), Wichita County (Fletcher).  

Lakin 50,
Sublette 46
In the second consolation game, Lakin held off a fourth-quarter surge by Sublette to defeat the Larks 50-46.
Lakin saw a six-point halftime lead slip to three after the third quarter and down to one point late in the fourth before pulling away just enough for the win.
Bryant Miller had a huge night for Lakin, scoring 27 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final quarter.
In his first game back since sustaining an injury last Friday, Alex White hit for 15 points for Sublette, followed by Jake Gesling with 11.
Lakin (3-9) will face Southwestern Heights at 1:30 p.m. for the consolation title, while Sublette (5-5) will take on Satanta in a consolation round robin game.
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Sublette   11   15   11    9   —   46
Lakin      14   18    8   10   —   50
Sublette (46) — White 6 1-1 15, Gesling 5 4-5 14, Williamson 4 1-3 9, Martens 1 0-0 3, Line 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 7-11 46.
Lakin (50) — Shalberg 1 0-1 2, Miller 9 6-9 27, Kinnier 1 2-6 4, Dasenbrock 1 0-1 2, Chavez 1 0-0 2, Armstrong 3 1-2 7, Geubelle 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 9-19 50.
3-point goals — Sublette 3 (White 2, Martens 1), Lakin 3 (Miller 3). Team Fouls — Sublette 16, Lakin 15, Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Sublette (Williamson).
Girls
Consolation
Elkhart 50,
Syracuse 33
In a round robin consolation game, Elkhart defeated Syracuse 50-33.
All 12 of the Lady Wildcats scored, led by Jentry Strothman with eight points and Miranda Brewer with seven.
Syracuse was led by Kassie Baeza with eight points and Delaney Pollart with seven. Only six Lady Bulldogs got in the scoring column.
Elkhart is now 4-7, while Syracuse falls to 1-8.
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Syracuse    4    4   12   13   —   33
Elkhart    11   11   15   12   —   50
Syracuse (33) — Perez 3 0-1 6, C. Horton 2 0-0 4, Pollart 2 3-3 7, Platt 1 0-2 2, Brown 3 0-0 6, Baeza 2 4-6 8. Totals 13 7-12 33.
Elkhart (50) — Kali Hoskinson 2 0-0 4, Kacee Hoskinson 2 1-1 5, Villa 1 0-0 2, Fullerton 1 0-0 2, Bookstore 2 0-0 5, Gonzalez 1 0-0 2, Brewer 1 5-5 7, Richardson 2 0-0 4, White 1 2-2 4, Thomason 1 1-2 3, Geishaber 2 0-0 4, Strothman 4 0-4 8. Totals 20 9-14 50.
3-point goals — Syracuse 0, Elkhart 1 (Bookstore). Team Fouls — Syracuse 15, Elkhart 14. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — none.

Wichita Co. 52, Satanta 41
In the consolation round robin, Wichita County defeated Satanta 52-41.
The Lady Indians took a 28-20 halftime lead and outscored Satanta 10-4 in the third to put the game out of reach.
Trailer Bremmer led the Indians (4-5) with 11 points, and Nicole Hubber added 10.
Allee Young had a big night for Satanta (4-8), scoring 16.
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Wichita County   10   18   10   14   —   52
Satanta   13    7    4   17   —   41
Wichita County (52) — Bailey 2 4-6 7, Garza 1 0-0 2, Schumacher 3 0-0 9, Huber 5 0-2 10, Wells 1 2-2 4, Zellner 3 2-2 9, Bremer 5 1-5 11. Totals 20 8-17 52.
Satanta (41) — Long 3 0-2 7, Smith 1 0-0 3, Boyett 1 0-0 2, Longoria 0 1-2 1, Rehmke 3 1-2 7, Young 5 6-8 16, Blair 2 1-3 5. Totals 15 9-17 41.
3-point goals — Wichita County 4 (Schumacher 3, Zellner 1), Satanta 2 (Long 1, Smith 1). Team Fouls — Wichita County 17, Satanta 20. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Wichita County (Garza), Satanta (Rehmke).
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