SUBLETTE Even without their leading scorer and floor leader, senior Travis Leverett, the Sublette Larks had enough ammunition to fire from long-range, and win, 55-37 over Hi-Plains League rival Cimarron's Bluejays, Monday night.

The Larks (12-4, 5-2) did not show any ill effects from their Friday night league loss at Syracuse as they cashed in on 6-of-16 three-point baskets while hitting 21-of-54 shots overall (38.8 percent).

They were especially deadly in the first half (5-of-10 three-pointers) as they built a 33-17 halftime advantage.

"I thought they played well and played hard," said Sublette coach Matt Ziegler of his team. "We had some young kids step up and do a nice job for us tonight. When we're hitting the shots, we do pretty well."

A sluggish start for Cimarron allowed Sublette to open up an early 15-2 lead, and eventually take a 15-6 first quarter advantage before the margin grew to 33-17 at the half.

"Unfortunately, we've had a history of that," Cimarron coach Doug Minneman said of his team's slow beginning. "Then we're fighting out of that hole all night."

Any chance of Cimarron making a rally in the second half was erased at the outset of the third quarter when the Larks scored the first 11 points, taking a commanding 44-17 lead, and finishing the quarter on top, 46-23.

"We try to play up-tempo because we've got a lot of speed and it's got to create offense for us from the defense," Ziegler said of his team.

Ziegler said he is hopeful to have Leverett back soon and was unsure about his status for tonight's non-league matchup with undefeated South Gray.

"We need to get healthy because if we're not, we won't get where we want to be, come sub-state," Ziegler said.

Sublette's defense forced the Bluejays into 22 turnovers while the Larks committed 16 of their own.

"Their quickness really hurt us, especially there at the start of the second half," Minneman said. "We tried man and we tried zone but they had answers for everything."

Sublette had 10 different players crack the scoring column as junior Alex White and sophomore Taylor Williamson shared top honors with 10 points each.

Williamson knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers in the game and also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Cimarron got 13 points from sophomore Teddy Boersma, who was 5-of-8 from the field and hit both of his free throws.

"Teddy's doing some good things for us," Minneman said of his sophomore. "He's developing and getting better and has improved as the season has progressed."

Cimarron did manage to win the rebounding battle with a 40-33 advantage on the boards. Joey Franzitta grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Bluejays. Cimarron finished the night hitting 15-of-46 field goals (32.6 percent).

Both teams jump outside the Hi-Plains League for games tonight as the Larks host South Gray while Cimarron travels to Scott City.


Cimarron 6 11 6 14 -- 37

Sublette 15 18 13 9 -- 55

Cimarron (3-13, 0-7) Franzitta 1-10 1-2 3, Hoskinson 1-4 0-0 2, Trevino 2-4 0-0 4, Woofter 2-5 2-5 6, Boersma 5-8 2-2 13, Fairbank 0-3 0-0 0, Garcia 2-6 0-0 4, Neuschafer 2-4 1-4 5, Siek 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 6-13 37.

Sublette (12-4, 5-2) Trev. Leverett 2-4 0-0 6, Lower 2-6 0-0 5, Patrick 2-7 0-0 4, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Gesling 1-3 2-4 4, Williamson 3-8 1-2 10, Hernandez 1-3 0-0 2, Birney 2-4 2-4 6, Gonzalez 2-4 2-3 6, White 5-13 0-0 10. Totals 21-54 7-13 55.

3-point goals Cimarron 1-5 (Franzitta 0-1, Boersma 1-1, Fairbank 0-1, Siek 0-2), Sublette 6-16 (Trev. Leverett 2-3, Lower 1-2, Williamson 3-5, Gonzalez 0-1, White 0-5). Rebounds Cimarron 40 (Franzitta 9), Sublette 33 (Williamson 9). Turnovers Cimarron 22, Sublette 16. Fouls Cimarron 11, Sublette 14. Fouled out None.