By KEVIN THOMPSON
SCOTT CITY — Now that the Holcomb girls have won the Scott City Invitational Tournament again, what will they do next?
It's not a trip to Disney World just yet.
Even though they beat Scott City 47-29 Saturday to repeat as champs, the Lady Longhorns had some lapses in their game.
Coach Kelley Snodgrass knows her team still needs to work on some things, despite a 4-0 start to the season.
After a good first quarter, the Longhorns scored only six points in the second. Blame impatience, blame the pressure of the moment, but don't use either as an excuse.
The good thing for Holcomb was that Scott City only managed two field goals in each quarter, scoring a bulk of its points at the free throw line. Had they hit more shots, the outcome or margin, might have been different.
Holcomb cruised to a 16-7 lead after one period behind the play of Breanna Gottschalk (4 points), Katie Pfeifer (6) and Kyshia Prieto (5).
The defense also forced eight Lady Beaver turnovers and held them to 2-of-7 shooting, shutting out Scott City in the final 4:34 of the quarter, when the score was tied at 7-7.
Holcomb was a different team the second quarter, though, connecting on only 3-of-17 shots from all ranges.
Part of that was caused by a box-and-one zone defense, with the one keyed on Gottschalk, taking away her inside game and hassling her from the outside.
Good thing the Longhorns were able to return the same defensively, limiting Scott City to just two field goals and out-rebounding them 12-5.
Still, Snodgrass was not happy with her team's play.
The other part of that low output, she said, was impatience. Scott City had taken Holcomb out of its game, and her girls were rushing, Snodgrass said. That's what she addressed at halftime.
"I just said we've got to play our game. I told them we've got to crash the boards. I think they finally did that in the fourth quarter," she said.
After those halftime adjustments, Holcomb was able to regain its footing.
"(Coach Snodgrass) told us to keep our heads up, slow down the ball and run the offense, and put pressure on defense," Prieto said.
The strategy worked as Holcomb outscored the Beavers 25-12 the second half to claim the title.
That included shutting out the Beavers for over six minutes.
Now the Longhorns need to keep that momentum going. The key to a good season, Prieto said, will be to continue gelling as a group.
"We have all good shooters. Everybody plays well together as a team," she said.
On the other side, Scott City coach Mark Campos saw his defense rise while his offense struggled.
"I tell the girls before every game you can't be afraid of your opponent. You have to have respect for them, but you can't fear them," he said.
Following halftime, Holcomb ran a 1-2-1-1 press that effectively forced the Beavers (1-3) to make mistakes.
"We shot ourselves in the foot by forcing passes, not taking care of the ball," Campos said.
Taking that from this loss, he said, will be a key to going forward from here, he added.
Holcomb's Amy Stegman, Gottschalk and Pfeifer and Scott City's Emily Hess and Chelemedos were named to the all-tournament team. Others included Darrie Rogers from Lakin, Hannah Mehl and Riley Matteson from Wichita County, Haylie Greeson from Greeley County, and Qiana Barfield from Cherokee Trail.
Pfeifer was named girls most inspirational and Gottschalk girls most valuable player.
See boxscores in Scoreboard, Page B2.