By BRETT MARSHALL
HOLCOMB — When the basketball season started less than two weeks ago, Holcomb Longhorn girls coach Kelley Snodgrass could look a long way down her bench and know that she had the depth to go along with a talented and experienced starting five.
As of Tuesday night, that bench is considerably shorter and Snodgrass was not sure when that situation would improve.
Despite missing starting point guard Katie Pfeifer (mononucleosis) and forward Mallory Komlofske (knee injury, MRI scheduled for today), the Lady Longhorns stayed unbeaten (5-0) with a methodical 42-20 victory over the Hugoton Lady Eagles.
"Those two (Pfeifer, Komlofske) bring a lot of energy and experience to a game and they are missed," Snodgrass said. "At the same time, some of the other girls gave us some good minutes and are getting valuable experience. That will make us a better team when we get the others back."
Pfeifer is likely to be out until January as the Lady Longhorns conclude their pre-holiday schedule with a home game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against Lakin. Komlofske's status won't be known until the results of the MRI are known.
There never was much doubt as to the outcome of the game as the Lady Eagles struggled from the start. Holcomb scored the first eight points and led 13-4 at the quarter stop. It was 22-10 at halftime and 32-14 after three periods.
"I thought defensively we did a great job," Snodgrass said. "We adjusted to try and battle their height and I thought we rebounded much better than we had last week (in winning the Scott City Invitational)."
Lauren Lohfink picked up some of the rebounding slack with seven boards while Danielle Asmus grabbed six and Kyshia Prieto five.
"We've struggled with that part of the game and without Mallory inside, we've asked other players to step in and play positions they aren't used to."
While Snodgrass was happy with the turnovers her team's defense forced, she was equally unhappy with the 19 committed by her squad.
"We're not patient and we're trying to hit the home run pass," Snodgrass said. "We need to think of singles and not home runs."
Senior Breanna Gottschalk was the lone double-figure scorer for the Lady Longhorns with 13 points. Prieto and Amy Stegman chipped in with eight points each.
Four players each — Baylee Hoskinson, Ashley Goode, Fantasia Easton and Nicole Kinser — scored four points for the Lady Eagles (1-4).
"We've got a lot of work to do for the girls to be a good team," Hugoton coach Lee Gillen said prior to the start of the game. "We're young and building for the future."
Hugoton (1-4) plays its final pre-holiday game Friday at Colby.
Hugoton 4 6 4 6 -- 20
Holcomb 13 9 10 10 -- 42
Hugoton — Hoskinson 2-9 0-0 4, Parsons 1-5 0-0 2, Mueller 0-2 2-4 2, Goode 2-4 0-0 4, Easton 2-2 0-0 4, Ramsey 0-2 0-0 0, Kinser 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 9-28 2-4 20.
Holcomb — Lohfink 2-5 0-0 4, Prieto 4-8 0-0 8, Asmus 0-5 0-0 0, Gottschalk 6-14 0-0 13, Pena 2-5 0-0 4, A. Stegman 4-10 0-0 8, Landwehr 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 20-51 0-0 42.
3-point goals — Hugoton 0-4 (Hoskinson 0-3, Goode 0-1), Holcomb 2-9 (Asmus 0-1, Gottschalk 1-6, Landwehr 1-2). Fouls — Hugoton 9, Holcomb 12. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Hugoton 22 (Kinser 8), Holcomb 30 (Lohfink 7). Turnovers — Hugoton 31, Holcomb 19.