After getting off to a fast start, the Holcomb Longhorns boys’ basketball team could not maintain the momentum and were eventually overtaken by Liberal, 64-55, Friday night in Liberal.

The Longhorns didn't seem to mind the Liberal home court advantage as they took at 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, before taking a 29-26 lead into halftime on the road. Junior guard Kobe Hands had a big first half, hitting four 3-point shots, giving the Longhorns the halftime advantage.

Liberal got back on track in the second half and were able to outpace the Longhorns in the third and fourth quarter, taking the lead, and eventually winning the game to open up the season.

Liberal made sure to take advantage of its free throws, sinking 15 of 20 from the charity stripe. Holcomb, on the other hand, was only 4 of 10 in the game and only 1 of 4 in the fourth quarter.

Liberal also did a good job protecting the ball, turning over the ball eight times, while Holcomb turned it over 14 times.

The Longhorns will now face Palmer Ridge Bears in Holcomb on Thursday.

 

Meade 61, Elkhart 25

The Meade Buffaloes started the season with an impressive 61-25 victory over the Elkhart Wildcats Friday night in Meade.

Meade’s Vance Shewey’s 18 points led all scorers on Friday. Not far behind was Garrett Gillum, who scored 15 points in the win.

As well as the Buffalo offense played on Friday, their defense was just as effective, holding the Wildcats to 17 percent shooting from the field and holding the Wildcats to seven points or fewer in every quarter.

The Buffaloes will now travel to Cimarron to participate in the Bluejay Invitational tournament. Meade’s first scheduled game is against the Satanta Indians Friday night.

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Elkart (0-1) — O. Hastings 2 0-0 4, Prieto 1 0-2 2, Haskinson 1 0-0 2, Moreno 2 0-0 6, J. Hastings 3 1-4 7, Gomez 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 1-6 25.

Meade (1-0) — Gillum 6 3-4 15, Haynes 3 1-2 8, Unruh 1 0-0 2, WOodruff 3 4-6 10, Shewey 7 3-5 18, Davis 3 2-4 8. Totals 23 13-21 61.

ELK;7;6;5;7;—;25

MEA;10;20;12;19;—;61

3-point goals — Elkhart 2 (Moreno 2), Meade 2 (Shewey 1, Haynes 1).

 

South Central 51, Satanta 42

The Satanta Indians could not hold on to a third-quarter lead, ultimately losing to the South Central Timberwolves, 51-42, in Satanta Friday night.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Indians were up 32-31, but an explosive 20-point fourth quarter put the Timberwolves over the hump.

Satanta senior Gabe Salas led all scorers with 21 points in the losing effort.

Satanta will now travel to Cimarron to participate in the Bluejay Invitational Tournament, slated to start on Thursday.

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South Central (1-0) — Snyder 2 1-3 5, Frazier 5 2-3 12, Alexander 5 4-7 14, Moore 2 0-2 4, Warden 3 1-2 9, Robles 0 0-2 0, Grik 0 406 4, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Uhl 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 13-27.

Satanta (0-1) — Salas 7 6-10 21, Monriquez 2 0-0 5, Tarango 1 0-0 2, Friend 1 0-0 2, Lynch 3 2-4 8, Essix 2 0-04, Wagner 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 8-16 42.

SC:6;13;12;20;—;51

SAT;6;14;12;10;—;42

3-point goals— South Central 2 (Warden 2), Satanta 2 (Salas 1, Monriquez 1).

 

Trego County 44, Dighton 39

A strong start by the Dighton Hornets ended up petering out, as the Hornets could not hold on to a 25-17 lead, losing to the Trego County Golden Eagles, 44-39, Friday night in Dighton.

After holding that halftime lead, the Hornets could only muster 14 points in the second half — Dighton scored 13 points in the second quarter alone — and Trego County’s 27 second-half points sealed the Hornets fate.

Dighton will now travel to Quinter to take on the Bulldogs in the Castle Rock Classic Tournament starting Monday.

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Trego Co (1-0) — K. Shubert 3 4-6 13, Russell 1 0-0 2, R. Shubert, Minson 6 1-3 16, Desormiers 1 0-0 2, Price 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 5-9 44.

Dighton (0-1) — Blaine W. 2 0-0 6, Kaden B. 3 7-14 15, Marcus R. 3 0-2 6, David C. 1 6-10, Jason W. 1 0-0 2. Totals 1113-26 39.

TRE;11;6;13;14;—;44

DIG;12;13;4;10;—;39

3-point shots: Trego Co 6 (Shubert 3, Minson 3), Dighton 4 (Blaine W. 2, Kaden B. 2)

 

Lakin 76, Southwestern Heights 65

The Lakin Broncs hit the ground running in their first game, defeating the Southwestern Heights Mustangs, 76-65, Friday night in Kismet.

The Broncs had nine players get on the score sheet, four of those scoring in double figures. Leading the way was sophomore Dominick Daniels with 19 points. The other three Broncs in double figures were Juan Banuelos, Servando Gonzalez and Jaylyn Hash.

Lakin was able to pull away in the fourth quarter, after being tied with the Mustangs at the end of the third quarter at 58.

The Broncs will look to continue the hot start to the season when they take on Burlington, Colo., in an early season tournament. The invitational is scheduled to start on Thursday.

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Lakin (1-0) —J. Banuelos 3 5-14; Gonzalez 3 2-2 10; Gilleland 2 0-2 4, Chou 1 1-2 3, Hudson 2 1-3 6, Hash 4 5-6 14, Brink 1 0-0 2, Wright 1 5-10 7, Daniels 8 3-7 19.Totals 29 25-41 76.

SWH (0-1) — Olvera 42-5 12, Martinez 1 1-4 3, Bernabe 0 0-1 0, H, Mercado 1 3-4 5, E. Mercado 3 0-0 8, Arellano 1 1-2 3, Castro 1 0-0 2, Flores 3 1-1 7, Torres 3 4-4 10, Packard 0 1-3 1, Garcia 5 4-10-14. Totals 22 17-24 65.

LAK:18;15;25;18;—;76

SWH:11;24;23; 7;—;65

3-point goals — Lakin 4 (Gonzalez 2, Hudson 1, Hash 1), SWH 4 (Olvera 2, E. Mercado 2)

 

Kinsley 57, Sublette 40

The 3-point shot sunk the Sublette Larks, as the Kinsley Coyotes sunk seven 3-pointers, 21 of the 57 Kinsley points, and losing their opening game of the season, 57-40, Friday night in Sublette.

Although the Larks took a one-point lead into halftime, they couldn't hold on to that lead, being outscored, 33-15, in the last two quarters of the game.

Tyler Isaac was the leading scorer for the Larks, leading the way with 11 points. Dylan Watson and Izzy DeLaRosa both were only one-point short of Isaac, scoring 10 each.

The Larks will look to bounce back and get in the winning column as they head to Cimarron to participate in the Bluejay Invitational Tournament.

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Kinsley (1-0) — Bowman 4 0-0 9, Haynes 4 2-4 13, K. Hermann 3 0-0 8, Fagan 1 3-4 5, B. Hermann 4 4-8 13, Gerhardt 4 1-2 9. Totals 20 10-18 57.

Sublette (0-1) — Thornton 1 0-0 2, Giesick 2 0-2 4, Watson 5 0-0 10, DeLaRosa 4 1-5 10, Garetson 0 3-4 3, Isaac 4 1-1 11. Totals 16 5-12 40.

KIN;8;16;15;18;—;57

SUB;7;18;7;8;—;40

3-point goals: Kinsley 7 (Haynes, K. Hermann, Bowman, 1, B.Hermann 1), Sublette 3 (Isaac 2, DeLaRosa 1).