Ulysses 73, Cimarron 32
Ulysses’ Jaidon Taylor had a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers past the Cimarron boys, 73-32, in Friday night’s season opener in Cimarron.
The Tigers held an 18-13 lead after the first period and a 38-21 lead at halftime, before exploding for a 29-7 third quarter to seal the rout.
Taylor had four three-pointers to get to 20 points. Victor Perez had seven points for the Tigers, and three others chipped in six each.
Cimarron was led RJ Thomas’ 15 points.
Lakin 63, SW Heights 57
Diego Davila went to the free-throw 15 times and made 13 of them to help him score a game-high 32 points to lead the host Broncs to a 63-57 win over Southwestern Heights on Friday night.
Davilla was helped by Dawsen Shalberg’s 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Entering the fourth quarter with a 45-41 lead, Davila scored 10 of his points in the final period, eight of which came at the charity stripe.
The Mustangs were led by Juan Garcia’s 25 points, while Raul Alvarado had 11.
Scott City 51, Wichita County 27
The Scott City boys’ balanced offensive attack did not produce a single double-digit scorer in Friday night’s season opener. But it did produce the most important stat: a 51-27 win over visiting Wichita County.
In a statistical quirk, both the Scott City boys and girls won by 24-point margins (girls won 52-28).
The Beavers got nine points from Joe Evans, Jordan Horn and Marshal Faurot to lead the attack, while Wichita County’s Bradley Huber had a game-high 12 points in the losing effort.
Moscow 74, Ingalls 52
Four different Moscow scorers were in double digits in Friday’s season opener at home, helping the Wildcats to a 74-52 win over Ingalls.
Kage Allen led with 20 points — including a pair of three-pointers — while Axel Granillo added 17, Javi Marquez had 14 and Jaylen Mendez had 11, nine of which came at the free-throw line.
The Wildcats out-scored the Bulldogs 23-11 in the final period to account for the final margin, after leading just 49-41 entering the fourth.
David Varela had 18 points to lead Ingalls.
South Gray 86, Bucklin 25
The South Gray boys hit 48 percent of their shots (35 of 72) in Friday’s season-opening 86-25 win over Bucklin.
The Rebels led 21-3 after the opening period, 36-8 at halftime and had a 32-10 margin in the third quarter to establish the rout. The Rebels were led by Clifton Miller’s 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Gilbert Peters and Austin Jantz chipped in 14 points and Terry Guenther added 12 off the bench.
The Rebels held Bucklin to just 23 percent (10 of 43) from the field.
Goodland 57, Syracuse 28
At Syracuse, the season got off to a rough start for the home team as the Goodland Cowboys cruised to a 57-28 win.
Goodland turned a 28-19 halftime lead into a big win by holding the Bulldogs to just nine points in the second half.
Dawson Raymer led Goodland with 18 points. Will Kullot led Syracuse with 13.
Ulysses 49, Cimarron 26
The Ulysses girls had three scorers in double digits to cruise past Cimarron, 49-26, in Friday night’s season opener for both teams.
Gina Ballesteros led with 14 points, while Alyssa Castilleja and Luz Gomez had 10 points each. Castilleja hit the only two three-pointers of the game for either side.
Taylor Jantz led Cimarron with 11 points.
SW Heights 38, Lakin 27
The Southwestern Heights girls slowly crept away from the Lakin Broncs on Friday night to win 38-27, led by Brittney Jennings’ game-high 16 points. Jennings, a senior, knocked down five two-pointers and six-of-10 free throws to lead the Mustangs to the win. Merileisy Sigala chipped in 10 points.
In the defensive battle, Lakin’s Lizzy Webb had a team-high 12 points.
Scott City 52, Wichita County 28
Kaitlyn Roberts hit four three-pointers and had 16 points to pace the Scott City girls in a 52-28 win over Wichita County on Friday night. Scott City also had nine points from Lyndi Rumford and eight from Emily Weathers.
Sarah Martin and Nicole Biermann each had six points to lead Wichita County.
Ingalls 61, Moscow 22
Long-range shooters Kaylee Simon and Ashlyn Cure combined for 28 points and five three-pointers to lead the Ingalls girls to a 61-22 win over Moscow on Friday night. Cure had a game-high 15 points and two three-pointers, while Simon had a game-high three treys en route to her 13 points. Britlyn Beach added nine for the Bulldogs.
Moscow was led by Morgan Robson’s 10 points, while Giselle Martinez added eight.
Syracuse 45, Goodland 36
Syracuse’s Kendi Keller had 16 points and Emily Finlay had 13 to help the Bluejays secure a 45-36 win over visiting Goodland on Friday night.
The Bluejays out-scored the Cowgirls 28-19 in the second half to win, after entering halftime in a 17-all tie.
Hodgeman County 78, Deerfield 18
Juniors Yadira Soto and Ashlynn Smith scored seven and six points, respectively, for Deerfield in Friday night’s season opener in Jetmore, but Hodgeman County was way too powerful, securing a 78-18 win.
South Gray 62, Bucklin 44
Four South Gray girls were in double digits scoring in Friday night’s 62-44 win over Bucklin in Montezuma.
Hannah Askew had a game-high 18 points, Emily Salmans had 13, Christy Wiebe had 12 and Emma Jantz had 10 to secure the season-opening victory. The Rebels led by just five points entering the final period, byt Wiebe scored eight of her points in the quarter, including two three-pointers, to help South Gray pull away.
Kinsley 52, Sublette 37
At Kinsley, the Larks were unable to sustain a lead after the opening quarter, falling 52-37.
Kinsley turned a two-point halftime lead into 11 after three periods by outscoring Sublette 20-7 after the break.
Megan Kells and Bekah Unruh led the Larks with 11 points each. As a team, Sublette was just 17 of 32 from the free throw line.