The No. 3 ranked Wichita Trinity Knights outlasted the host Scott City Beavers, 56-38, in the first round of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic Thursday night in Scott City.
Scott City started the game on a 7-2 run, putting pressure on the Knights with an aggressive half-court defense. But the Knights figured this out relatively early on, going on a 10-0 run, before Scott City tied things up to end the first quarter tied at 12-12.
The Beavers had the 3-point shot in mind on Thursday as all of their points in the second quarter came from behind the 3-point line. Four treys made in the second quarter allowed the Beavers to take a 24-22 lead into halftime.
Scott City started the third quarter committing two fouls in the first fifteen second of the second half, which kick-started an 11-0 run by Wichita Trinity.
During this run, the Beavers were unable to score until the 1:53 mark of the third quarter. The Brandon Winderland and-1 basket ended a 9:23 minute scoreless drought.
Even after the drought, the Beavers mustered 11 points in the third quarter to only trail 39-33 entering the final quarter. But that's where the Knights closed out with suffocating defense to seal the win.
Junior guard Hunter Yager led the Beavers Thursday night in scoring, netting 15 points. Nine of Yagers’ points came early, however, as the junior hit three 3-point shots in the first quarter and only scored six points the remainder of the game.
The Beavers will now look to rebound as they host the Coronado, Colo., Cougars in the second round of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Scott City.