LAKIN — The Holcomb Longhorns girls basketball team took to the court at Lakin Tuesday and got a scare, but ultimately came away with a 50-44 win over the Broncs in come-from-behind fashion.
A scare because, after taking a quick 4-0 lead, the ‘Horns didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter, when Courtney Wren buried a 3-ball with 5 minutes to play in the game, followed by an Eboni Sapien two to give Holcomb a 38-34 lead, the momentum, and the win.
It took a 21-10 final period to pull off the win for Holcomb (9-8), helped by shots starting to fall, coach Nathan Novack said.
“I think the biggest difference (between the two halves) was making shots,” he said. “To do that, I felt that we attacked their zone — the heart of that zone — in the fourth quarter more than we did the previous quarters.”
His team had settled for outside shots too much, he added, which led to a lack of offensive rebounds and second-chance points.
The defense holding Lakin (3-14) scoreless for so long in the final period was the catalyst, though.
“We mixed it up defensively with full-court stuff, the half-court trap,” he said. “Our girls did a good job rotating. They really got after it and took pride in their defense.”
Early on, it was a more efficient Lakin offense (they went five for five from the floor in the first) as they went on a 16-5 run and a 16-9 lead early in the second quarter. Holcomb answered with an 11-3 run of its own to take a 20-18 lead, before Lakin bounced back for a 26-20 halftime lead.
Holcomb 10-0 run midway through the third to take the lead back, before the Broncs’ Talyn Beltran hit her team’s first points of the quarter with just 3:11 to play.
After its great start from the field, Lakin was just nine of 31 the rest of the way, while committing 27 turnovers — Holcomb committed just nine.
Sapien led all scorers with 22 points, while Wren chipped in 14.
For Lakin, they were bit by the low-scoring bug in the second half, something that has plagued the Broncs in random quarters much of the season.
Senior post Alyse Pollart said the loss was harder to take just because her team had the lead for so long.
“In the fourth quarter, the number of turnovers we had were back-to-back-to-back,” she said. “They just kind of dragged us down, and we had trouble scoring and that just got in our heads.”
Holcomb will host Goodland Friday for a homecoming conference game. Lakin (3-14) will host Elkhart for its homecoming.