HOLCOMB — In a Great West Activities Conference matchup Tuesday, it was a 61-43 win for Hugoton over Holcomb, with the difference coming at the free-throw line.
Both teams made 20 field goals (and one three-pointer each). Both teams turned the ball over 29 times. Both had 29 rebounds.
It came down to free throws, where Hugoton was 20 of 29, while the Longhorns were just 2 of 5.
The win avenged a loss last month to the ‘Horns (47-42) at Hugoton.
Hugoton dominated the opening quarter in all respects, forcing Holcomb into 10 turnovers and out-scoring the ‘Horns, 17-6.
But the Eagles found the second quarter less friendly, scoring just six points, with their first basket after Holcomb staged a comeback and took the lead five minutes in.
Holcomb missed its first seven shots of the quarter, but scored on nine of its next 14 possessions, leading 26-21 at that point, turning that into a 26-23 edge at halftime.
Hugoton came out strong in the third quarter, scoring eight straight points to take a 31-26 lead before Holcomb got on track, but the Eagles held a 38-30 lead at the break after holding Holcomb to just four points in the quarter.
Midway into the final period, Hugoton opened 10-point leads three different times
Rebecca Johnson led the Eagles with 20 points, while Jordyn Beard picked up a double-double (12 points, 13 boards).
Hugoton was 20-of-48 from the floor, while Holcomb was 20-of-62.
Leading Holcomb was Madi Ruda with 13, the only ‘Horn in double figures.