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Lady Mustangs down Holcomb to win another league tournament

Published 1/25/2010

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Junior Deni Jacobs says it usually takes her and her Southwestern Heights Lady Mustangs one quarter to evaluate what their opponents are doing and then figure out how to attack.

Such was the case Saturday night at Perryman Athletic Complex when the defending Hi-Plains League tournament champions and reigning Class 3A state champs rolled over Holcomb, 74-43, to claim the top spot once again in the HPL. It was the Mustangs' fourth title in the past five years.

"One of the keys for us is that we don't underestimate anybody we play," said the 5-9 junior Jacobs after pouring in a game-high 22 points (9-of-12 field goals). "We just try to come out, move the ball and figure out how the other team is working and what they are doing."

As a result, the Mustangs led just 17-12 after one quarter.

Thirteen consecutive points, while holding the Longhorns scoreless, put the Mustangs comfortably ahead 30-12 with 1:51 left before halftime. The run was interrupted by a Mallory Komlofske three-point play before Heights went on another 6-0 run and finished it off with a 4-0 spree to take a 39-18 lead into the half.

For all practical purposes, the game was over. The only item to determine was the final margin.

"We knew they would be tough and as the defending state champs, they played like it," said Holcomb coach Kelley Snodgrass, whose team lost for just the second time in 11 games. "The girls played hard, but Heights is so physical and they have the strength inside and out. We just gave up too many offensive rebounds and they wore us down."

The Lady Longhorns could draw no closer than 16 in the third quarter and trailed 56-32 heading into the final period. Heights' biggest lead came at 74-37 and only a 6-0 finish for Holcomb prevented the margin from being higher.

"It's tough to withstand their surges," Snodgrass said of Heights' offensive power. "Our shots didn't fall, we had the second quarter lull and you can't have that happen against a great team like Heights. They just have no weaknesses."

Heights (11-0) dominated the tournament without second-leading scorer 5-10 junior Heidi Brown, whom Jacobs described as the vocal leader of the team. Brown suffered a pulled groin muscle injury and is expected to return either this Friday or early next week.

"Heidi's our spark but with her out, we all just tried to step up," Jacobs said. "Kathy (Eakes) pushed us during the tournament. We're lucky with our program that we have the number of players and coach (Barry) Mellen has taught us how to step up and play. We work so hard on our defense that we usually just let the offense take care of itself."

The balance of Heights' attack was exhibited by the fact that senior point guard Britney Butler added 14, while Eakes and sophomore reserve Sheree Ryan added 10 points each. For the Lady Longhorns (9-2), Ashley Baier topped the scoring with eight points. Leading scorer Breanna Gottschalk was limited to just three points as she was hounded by the Mustangs' diamond-and-one zone and a tough sagging man-to-man defense.

Holcomb last appeared in the tournament finals in 1985 when it finished off a three-year run of second-place finishes. The Lady Longhorns have never won the HPL tourney and are leaving the league after this school year.

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SW Heights 74, Holcomb 43

HOLCOMB (9-2) — Pfeifer 1-4 3-3 6, Lohfink 0-2 0-0 0, Baier 4-7 0-0 8, Asmus 0-1 0-0 0, Gottschalk 1-5 1-2 3, Komlofske 2-8 3-3 7, Boyles 3-9 1-3 9, Pena 1-5 0-0 3, Stegman 1-6 5-5 7, Landwehr 0-1 0-0 0, Harshbarger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 13-16 43.

SW HEIGHTS (11-0) — Butler 3-4 7-11 14, D. Jacobs 9-12 4-4 22, Garinger 1-6 5-6 7, Angell 2-6 0-3 4, Eakes 5-8 1-2 10, Chandler 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan 5-5 0-0 10, Stout 1-1 0-0 2, Sigala 0-1 4-4 4. Totals 26-43 21-30 74.

Holcomb 12 6 14 11 -- 43

SW Heights 17 22 17 18 -- 74

3-point goals — Holcomb 4-10 (Pfifer 1-3, Boyles 2-3, Pena 1-1); SWH 1-3 (Butler 1-1). Rebounds — Holcomb 20 (Gottschalk 4, Lohfink 3, Boyles 3); SWH 38 (Eakes 9, Garinger 7, Jacobs 6, Butler 5). Turnovers — Holcomb 16; SWH 14. Fouls — Holcomb 19; SWH 16.

Cimarron 43, Syracuse 40

Cimarron held off Syracuse to win the third-place game, 43-40.

The difference in the game happened in the first quarter when the Bluejays, led by Lindsay Wehkamp's nine points, outscored Syracuse 14-6.

Wehkamp led Cimarron (8-4) with 17 points, and Janae Helfrich added 11. Kylee Hedberg led Syracuse with a game-high 18 points, while Laci Nairn added eight for the Lady Bulldogs (5-6).

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CIMARRON (8-4) — Burns 3 0-0 6, Payne 2 0-1 5, Lock 1 0-0 2, Wehkamp 7 3-5 17, Ridenour 1 0-0 2, Helfrich 4 1-3 11. Totals 8 4-9 43.

SYRACUSE (5-6) — Rash 1 2-2 4, Sharp 1 0-0 2, Gordanier 1 2-3 4, Nairn 4 0-0 8, Housholder 0 0-1 0, Hedberg 7 4-5, Gerald 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 8-11 40.

Cimarron 14 8 14 7 -- 43

Syracuse 6 12 14 8 -- 40

3-point goals — Cimarron 3 (Payne 1, Helfrich 2); Syracuse 0.

Lakin 54, Satanta 46

Lakin hit 13 free throws in the final quarter as they held off Satanta, 54-46, for fifth place.

With Lakin (8-5) down 35-33 after the third quarter, Jodie Jennings nailed three baskets and hit six free throws, while Amy Dunn went 7-for-7 from the line to combine for 19 of Lakin's 21 fourth-quarter points. They held Satanta to just five baskets in that period to take the win.

Dunn led all scorers with 23 points, while Jennings finished with 15 and Mariah Hill 12. Aubree Young led the Lady Indians (6-6) with 14 points, and Kayla Thacker and Kelsey Blair both added 12.

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SATANTA (6-6) — Thacker 5 0-0 12, Ke. Blair 4 3-5 12, Kr. Blair 2 1-2 5, Caro 1 0-0 3, Gonzalez 0 0-2 0, Young 6 2-2 14. Totals 18 6-11 46.

LAKIN (8-5) — Hill 6 0-0 12, Jones 1 0-0 2, Jennings 4 7-12 15, McAtee 1 0-0 2, Dunn 7 9-9 23. Totals 19 16-21 54.

Satanta 8 7 20 11 -- 46

Lakin 8 8 17 21 -- 54

3-point goals — Satanta 4 (Thacker 2, Ke. Blair 1, Caro 1); Lakin 0.

Stanton Co. 66, Wichita Co. 46

Stanton County used a 21-6 first quarter to establish a large lead on its way to defeating Wichita County 66-46 in the seventh-place game.

The game featured 60 combined free throws. Wichita County scored 20 of their points alone at the line, while Stanton County hit 13.

Gylee Martin had a huge night for Stanton County (6-7) as she scored 26 points, including two 3-pointers. Aubree Summers added 16 and Lea Daniels 11 for the Trojans.

Hannah Mehl led the Indians (3-9) with 16.

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STANTON CO. (6-7) — Summers 7 0-0 16, Batterton 0 5-8 5, Erskin 0 0-3 0, Daniels 4 0-1 11, Martin 10 4-7 26, Nichols 1 3-5 5, Siruta 1 1-2 3. Totals 23 13-26 66.

WICHITA CO. (3-9) — Wedel 0 3-4 3, Estes 2 0-1 5, Schumacher 1 3-6 6, Mehl 4 8-10 16, Graff 1 4-6 6, Wells 1 0-4 2, Matterson 3 2-3 8. Totals 12 20-34 46.

Stanton Co. 21 16 11 18 -- 66

Wichita Co. 6 12 18 10 -- 46

3-point goals — Stanton Co. 7 (Summers 2, Daniels 3, Martin 2); Wichita Co. 2 (Estes 1, Schumacher 1).

Sublette 42, Hugoton 23

Sublette scored 29 points in the second and third quarters as they breezed to a 42-23 win over Hugoton in the consolation round robin bracket.

Six Lady Larks scored, led by Cheyenne Martin's 10. As a team, Sublette (3-8) hit five 3-pointers.

Chastity Parsons had eight points for Hugoton (2-9), and Miranda Ramsey added six.

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HUGOTON (2-9) — Hoskinson 1 0-2 2, Parsons 3 2-2 8, Gustafson 1 0-0 3, Mi. Ramsey 3 0-2, Miller 1 0-0 2, Ma. Ramsey 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 2-6 23.

SUBLETTE (3-8) — Reiss 3 2-8 8, Marlin 3 1-2 8, Hibbard 0 2-4 2, Martin 3 1-2 9, Messerly 3 2-2 10, Torres 0 0-2 0, Meyer 2 1-2 5. Totals 14 9-22 42.

Hugoton 5 6 2 10 -- 23

Sublette 7 14 15 6 -- 42

3-point goals — Hugoton 1 (Gustafson 1); Sublette 5 (Marlin 1, Martin 2, Messerly 2).

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