In the final regular season game of the season and a warm-up to next week’s sub-state tournament, it was the Hugoton girls taking out visiting Holcomb, 43-33, on Senior Night Friday.
Johanna Rawlins led the Eagles with 18 points, while Brooklynn Harper followed up Tuesday's record-setting 34-point performance with 11 points Friday, but added 11 rebounds.
Holcomb was led by Darien Mader's 12 points in the losing effort, but it was Mader's 3 that gave the Longorns an early 7-4 lead, despite leading scorer Eboni Sapien on the bench with two quick fouls. The 'Horns led 7-6 at the first break.
Post player Britni Novack picked up her second foul to open the second, and shortly after that the Eagles were in the bonus.
But Mader’s second trey and a pair of Taylor Sleep free throws gave the ‘Horns a 14-9 lead as Holcomb capitalized on five Hugoton turnovers and poor shooting, before Johana Rawlins hit six straight points to give Hugoton its first lead of the game late in the half.
Holcomb, bitten by the scoring bug twice in the first half (a combined 8 minutes), sent Hugoton to the line seven times in the half, where the Eagles scored just six points. But, with Holcomb shooting just 5 of 22 from the field, it was enough to give them the 16-14 lead at halftime.
Rawlins scored six points to start the third, giving the Eagles a 24-14 lead, before Holcomb scored on a Courtney Wren free throw, the Horns' first point in nearly nine minutes.
Mader and Wren closed the gap to 24-19 on Holcomb’s first field goals since 5:09 in the second with under two minutes to play in the third, and it was 28-23 at the break.
A 15-10 final quarter sealed win for Hugoton, however.
The Eagles out-rebounded Holcomb 38-24, but committed 17 turnovers to Holcomb’s 16.
Holcomb's Sapien and Wren, averaging a combined 22 points a game, had just five Friday.
Holcomb was 12 of 39 from the floor (7 of 10 from the line), but just 2 of 12 from behind the arc.
Hugoton was 13 of 36 from the floor but made 16 of 29 from the foul line, the difference in the game.
Both teams will play next week at Holcomb in sub-state, where Hugoton (13-7, 7-3) holds the top seed and Holcomb (10-10, 3-7) the second seed.
Hugoton will face Larned and Holcomb will take on Pratt Thursday.